NBD: Why is a 4 string tuned standard EADG and not BEAD ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bunnoodle, Jan 25, 2018.


  1. EADG

    43 vote(s)
    69.4%
  2. BEAD

    19 vote(s)
    30.6%
  1. Bunnoodle

    Bunnoodle

    Nov 29, 2017
    Just. Got a new 5er today ... i felt like the low B was a hidden treasure. Why was bass tuned EADG in the first place ?
     
  2. Trouztrouz

    Trouztrouz

    Feb 6, 2013
    NoVA
    Because that's how uprights were tuned.
     
  3. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Constant state of flux
    Uhh, because it’s tuned like the lowest 4 strings of a guitar and this^^^.
     
  4. Bunnoodle

    Bunnoodle

    Nov 29, 2017
    hmm i wonder when the first 5 er came out.
     
  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    Tradition, that's how an upright bass is tuned.
     
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  6. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    Fender had the Fender V in the 60s, but it was EADGC not BEADG. Not sure who did the first BEADG 5er, it was in the 70s though, I'm guessing.
     
  7. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

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  8. Bunnoodle

    Bunnoodle

    Nov 29, 2017
    high Cs instead of low Bs though?
     
  9. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    You were curious about the history of bass guitars, Voila!
    (just read the info in that link)
     
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  10. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    Because with BEAD, it's a pain in the *** to shift up and down the neck?
     
  11. LoTone

    LoTone Clean as an Entwistle... Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Quebec, Canada
    I also wonder if the EADG scheme is not also done to match a piano? On a grand piano, E is the lowest note. Just wondering?
     
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  12. tlc1976

    tlc1976

    Aug 2, 2016
    Michigan
    Proper B strings that could reproduce those low notes weren't around in 1951 when the P bass came out. Not until 1975 or so.

    I think it's because it's the lowest 4 strings of a guitar.

    Jimmy Johnson and the Alembic.
     
  13. Solude

    Solude

    Sep 16, 2017
    If I had to hazard a guess I'd include that most stereos can't go down to the 41Hz of E let alone 31Hz of B.
     
  14. Imagine 50s and 60s music played with low B lol
     
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  15. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    The first low B five stringer was made for Jimmy"Flim"Johnson by Alembic in 1975.
    First 5 String (NWYT)
    Bass guitar - Wikipedia
    Jimmy42007.jpg
     
  16. five7

    five7 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2009
    denver
    I ran sound for a guy here in Denver who has a 5 string upright from the 40's
     
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  17. chris_b

    chris_b

    Jun 2, 2007
    Something wrong with your imagination, mate. I play a lot of music including 50's and 60's stuff on my 5 string bass. Nothing lol about it.
     
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  18. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    BEADG tuning?
     
  19. 5 string upright isn't too uncommon. They used them in orchestral music depending on the piece. More commonly with high C and they would add low extensions to the E string by the headstock for lower notes.
     
  20. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Texas
    Eddie ate delicious grapes.
     
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