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Ooops... I forgot about the DROP D...

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by TommyD69, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. TommyD69

    TommyD69 Semper Gumby

    Sep 26, 2013
    Cleveland, Ohio
    How many times has this happened to you?

    In my last band we had a unique situation where our bass player was ALSO (thru default) our keyboard player.

    So, when we played a "block" of keyboard songs, I would get the bass guitar duties.

    Unfortunately, some times he would forget to "undrop" the D when he handed the bass back to me...

    How embarrassing... My definition of a successful bass evening is when no one notices me... If I get noticed, its usually because I screwed up...

    Those were the days though....
  2. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    We used to do 4 or 5 tunes in drop D at the beginning of the 3rd set. There was a bassplayer from another band in attendance one night, and I asked if he wanted to sit in. He did, so I said "OK, you can come up after the tunes in D".

    I forgot to undrop the bass when I handed it over to him, and he was unfamiliar with the D tuner concept.........

    It was not good.

    That was years ago, and I still apologize when I see him........
  3. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    And this is why there are Hipshot detuners ;-)
    Quick flip of the lever - ta da.
    it also gives you an immediate visual indication of whether it's 'up' or 'down.'
    Just MHO, of course...
  4. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    That's why some folks play 5 ers. No need to worry about the lever thingy.:p
  5. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    It never ends.
    As soon as you adapt to a 5-string, someone will want to play in Drop-A ;-)
  6. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    I've never understood why Mastodon doesn't do this.

    More on-topic, I've done this a few times. I can't wait till I have enough basses to have ones dedicated to specific tunings.
  7. seescottrock


    Apr 13, 2011
    Utica, NY
    I came here to echo the praises of the D-tuner. Makes cover gigs a great deal easier!
  8. TommyD69

    TommyD69 Semper Gumby

    Sep 26, 2013
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I've heard of those... but I've never seen one in person...
  9. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
  10. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    I got a hipshot detuner on my Ric because we have a handful of drop D songs, and unfortunately a couple of them you need a drop D, like Slither where you play most of the notes on the dropped string in between open D notes, and I cant use my fiver. I love love my hipshot!
  11. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    Big +1!

    All hail Hipshot!

    I'm thinking if I can slightly modify the G tuners on my older Ricks I can fit a D Tuner on them too.

    I did forget to flip the lever back to standard once, though.
    It became pretty obvious the first G I tried to play, but it's a very quick fix, so no real biggy.
  12. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    I play a 5string, but I still prefer to detune my E to D for certain songs.
  13. Spent


    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Years ago I put one on my Ric too, and slither was one of the tunes; great song and fun to play.
  14. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI
    I have used a Hipshot D-Tuner for most of my bass playing life, but have abandoned it in the past year. My ear and peg feel are good enough now that if I forget (which I often do ;) ) I can grab it and yank it back into tune within a couple or three cents. This has been handy because the Hipshot had stopped working for me. I kept dialing it in but it would never tune correctly again. I think it's a combination of two things: an Ibanez neck and barometric pressure. I live on a mountainside, but my gigs are oceanside.

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