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Regular strings and piccolo strings on the same bass?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by SuperMo, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. SuperMo


    Dec 30, 2013
    So I'm thinking of buying a 6 string bass, I'm really getting into tapping and soloing, and love the low end too.
    So I'm thinking of removing the B string and putting the E string there, followed by A,D,G and C.
    Then adding a piccolo string after the C, which I would tune it to F.
    So I got a few questions, will the strings buzz? Will I have to adjust the nut and the truss rod?
    Thats all, I imagine this would be great for tapping and some high ends, and also the beautiful low ends of the bass.
    Thanks in advance, and excuse my English, its not my native langauge.
    P.S. got confused were to post this, but I ended up here lol.
  2. car_man65


    Nov 14, 2013
    I've used piccolo strings and regular bass strings at the same time on the same bass. Tuning to F you may need to tweak the truss rod a tad but the nut should be fine, I did not need to but I will not rule out the possibility of you needing to. I did only try it on my good old 4 string ibanez, don't really know how the mixed tension will affect the neck if you keep it like that for an extended amount of time. I'm just gonna sit back and listen to some of the more experienced guys comments..
  3. If you are setting your bass up for tapping doesn't that work better with a lighter gauge of strings.
    You may need to replace the nut with one that has smaller string slots. I have a second nut for my bass form when I tuned EADGBE usually tuned (low) F#BEADG.
    What bass do you have? What strings are you planning on using?
  4. SuperMo


    Dec 30, 2013
    Well, I'm planning to get an ESP LTD D-6, strings, well TBH I never Tried anything but D' adario, mainly because where I live thats all available here, haven't tried lighter gauges before, and even the bass, I'm shipping it, gonna cost me a couple of hundred dollars more.. so, I would really like to get an advice from you guys,
  5. SuperMo


    Dec 30, 2013
    EDIT: what you gonna read bellow is nonsense, It got over my head what string to use, oh well, thanks.

    That's Interesting, I think it's possible if I tune the piccolo E string up to F the tension would be a bit rough on the neck.. also I heard that Piccolo Strings have a good range, maybe i can tune down the piccolo G down to F instead? but that probably needs some nut adjustment, I dont know really :D excuse me for being a noob, but thats why I'm here, to learn from more experienced musicians
  6. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    So, what you're really saying is you're tuning your 6 string E-F, like the top 6 of a 7 string bass. Easy to do, and I have both of my fretlesses tuned to this no problem, and have required no nut adjustment at all.

    You will probably need to use the string that is used for the G for the piccolo set, tuned down a step to F, which is "usually" a .018 or .020. Depending on what brand you get, that may be just a plain steel string (which tonally fits into pretty much any set fairly well), but some sets (like Boomers) do offer a wound .020 that you can use.
  7. SuperMo


    Dec 30, 2013
    Thats exactly what I wanted, thanks for the answer, and thanks to to the other members too, cheers.
  8. That's good to know and would recommend Boomers over D'Addario any day.
    I prefer Circle K Strings(Kalium) myself but I do not care for having one plain string up there all by itself.
  9. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    The plain string by itself actually isn't that bad. I strung up one fretless with Pressurewounds and a plain string and it fits pretty well. The other fretless has all wound Boomers though, and that IS my preference as well.

    I used Circle K for a while prior to GHS, and liked them. Skip and Chris (and formerly Dave) are all good guys. I'm looking forward to meeting them at NAMM.
  10. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    And if you don't want a Plain Steel High-F string, you can get .020 WOUND Stainless Steel or Nickel Plated steel from string makers like GHS, Ken Smith, or MTD.
  11. ixlramp


    Jan 25, 2005
    You can use plain steel guitar strings, i find D'Addario and Rotosound just long enough to reach the 2 tuner posts closest to the nut. Just detach a ball end from an old bass string and thread it onto the guitar string to make the ball end fit the bass bridge.
    Wound Fs are tight and close to breaking point because their cores are small diameter, not good for tapping, soloing, chords, bending etc. I recommend a plain steel .018, .017 or .016, the lower tension of a .016 will mellow the tone and have a better tone blend with the wounds.
    What EADGC gauges will this F be used with? For tapping i recommend a light set that is preferably also balanced or even inverse tension (medium bottom, light top).