replacing low e with a b

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Torkk, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. Torkk


    Jan 16, 2010
    Is it possible to replace the low E string with a B string from a 5 string set and tune to e?
    I want a higher tension E for my afb 200. It takes medium strings and RS77 the e just flops.
  2. Yes you can, but getting a four string set of heavier gauge, like the Dunlop Heavy Core (there are others, I just can't think of any at the moment) would save you from paying for a string you don't use. You could also buy singles and create a custom set from
  3. Torkk


    Jan 16, 2010
    The strings I need a medium scale and kinda looking at flats. Its for an AFB 200
  4. BSO is probably your best bet, then.
  5. AciDBatH666


    Feb 13, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    If you go to high up in the gauges you may need to enlarge the nut slots to accommodate a thicker string. I run my 4 strings with .124s and several of my basses are fine with minimal adjustment. But most E strings on basses are around .105-.110. Just keep that in mind when you're picking a gauge.
  6. Torkk


    Jan 16, 2010
    Yeah, I follow ya. Its so hard finding medium scale strings that are over 95 on the E. The stock strings a 105 i think, but I want flats.
    I talked to BSO the other day about tape wound and he thought the the added thickness from the tape wont add to tension. Cause I was going to try the rs88
  7. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    Ibanez AFB 200 is a short scale bass at 30.3".
    If you use regular strings, with a typical E somewhere around .095 to .105, they will be loose since they are designed for a 34" scale.

    A typical E string on a 34" is about .102, at about 40 lbs of tension.
    A 40 lb. balanced roundwound set for a 30.3" scale 4 string bass would look something like:
    E .118 42.22 lbs.
    A .086 40.71 lbs.
    D .063 39.24 lbs.
    G .047 40.84 lbs.

    That's based on the unit weights published on the Kalium (Circle-K) website. Different brands will have slightly different unit weights which will throw the numbers off some, but the above should give you a good ballpark. I have a spreadsheet I made to calculate tensions & gauges at different scale lengths.

    Whatever strings you get you want to make sure they fit your bass length wise. If they are tapered you need to make sure the taper ends near the bridge saddle and after the nut and before the tuning key.

    Hm I just read that you are looking for flatwound strings. The numbers above are based on roundwound strings. Flatwounds will probably have a higher unit weight. If the string manufacturer publishes the unit weight for their gauges, those could be plugged into the spreadsheet and you could see the tensions.