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Setup for a 4 string tuned BEAD.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by odie, Feb 27, 2004.

  1. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    OK I looked at the other threads and I got some printed out and bookmarked. So this isnt anything new. Just want to make sure I got it all.

    Am I missing anything??

    Cut the nut wider for the thicker gauge strings. Proabably tighten truss as needed. Intonate. Am I missing anything? Any tips or tricks. Especially with cuting the nut.
  2. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Cut the nut slowly and carefully. It's easy to file it down, but much harder to un-file it. ;) With a BEAD set up bass, aside from the nut, you might find that you don't even need a setup. I've set up basses with that tuning as well as ADGC, and sometimes they don't need to be tweaked at all. Depends on the bass, I suppose.
  3. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    Ive always wondered. Is it necessary to use the thicker BEAD strings from a fiver set?
  4. atldeadhead


    Jun 17, 2002
    Well it's not a hard and fast rule, but I think you'll find that the heavier gauge strings will work better for that tuning. A standard set of strings tuned that low will probably be extremely floppy. Try it out and see.