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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tenchu, Oct 13, 2004.
Is it possible and does it exist?
What modifications are needed?
well, i think thats how they tune 7-string basses (only with the high C) so i would say its possible...
Yes, it's possible and they do exist. Benavente had a 6 string with a F# at NAMM one year.
That would be my tuning if I ever went to 6. Every so often I consider tuning one of my fivers F#BEAD!
I know that french TB'er Yves Carbonne http://www.yvescarbonne.com/
uses special custom gauges from Labella for his Sub Basses:
I don't remember how it's tuned but I guess it can go low enough.
Check out the size of the Strings
I thought that Seven Strings were Tuned B E A D G C F With a High F And Eight Strings were F# B E A D G C F.
And I remember reading here that somone was making a Bass with a Low G# or sumthing...
I think the main mod would be widening the nut slots to properly accomodate the fatter strings. That and a setup.
I've heard of one of those.....
I have toyed with the idea of stringing my Cirrus that way.
Me too....except, I have no logical place to use notes that low. I already have an X-tender on my B string to occasionally drop it to A. That already seems to be about as low as I need to ever go.
Bah! i'm late again!
Anyway, now it's been said.
There also is another TBer who made/had himself made a custom 6er tuned that way.
IMHO, however, the B is low enough. And floppy enough. F# would be even worse. You'd need way longer scale to tighten it up. (Knuckles have 39" scale, if I remember right).
And it takes a very good neck to make a good F#
Not exactly. Though there are some (custom) 7s tuned that way, the majority of 7s is BEADGCF
1.) Yes, usually - though customs exist of both types that have different tuning
2.) Dude, basses are tuned in fourths, so its F# and C# for the even lower.
I did. Pictures available on my home site ("About", and on the bottom there's a link).
The F# is no more floppy than the average B. A little more floppy than the B of that bass, though
The problem is to find a speaker cab that doesn't faint below A
I think Jaquo X (spelling???) actually play low C#, on 34" basses. I have no idea how that works, but I guess he wouldn't ramble so much about it if he didn't play it...or?
Yves Carbonne seems to say that Accugrove are good cabs for sub basses.
You can listen to the soundclip on his website listed above to figure out how sounds a low low E!!! Quite impressive, hope you have good speakers...
Accugroove El Whappo Grande. 21" speaker
IIRC, Jaquo III-X uses very heavy strings
The Whappo Grande is solid down to the F# fundamental and I had tremendous luck with it at a full octave down E - a most impressive cab to be sure.
If memory serves, Jaquo III-X uses a .195 or .200 for his C# - the same gauge I use for my octave down E. Apples and oranges, however, as my scale length makes the same gauge behave differently.
I have to ask the ? why do you say I ramble so much?when all I have ever done was try to answer ?'s that may have something to do with my Concept of achieving a lower sounding Electric Bass Guitar.I have to say that I have taken offence to the Ramble comment(but then again I may have read it wrong).if anyone would like to hear comments on what My 34"scale Fretless Subcontra Bass sounds like E-mail Bill Dickens and see what he has to say.a few days ago he spent most of the day with me in the studio while I mixed my soon to be released CD and was blown away.he could not stop commenting on it
I'm lazy. I want it so I can play a low B at the fifth fret!
I can't see myself using anything below Ab, but it would be cool to be able to play an A and a Bb in a lower octave.
my main fretted 7 is tuned f#-b-e-a-d-g-c, although most of my other ones are tuned b-e-a-d-g-b-e. my 8's are tuned f#-b-e-a-d-g-b-e.
if anyone is interested