Six string Tuning

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by phisto, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. phisto


    Nov 7, 2012
    I've had my six string for about 10 months now and i"m not finding much use for the B string. I'm thinking of retuning my bass as FCGDAE instead of CGDAEB. My question(s) is do I resize the strings and nut accordingly? Will this change the intonation? Any other issues to be aware of?
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Interesting. You find less use for the low notes on a bass than you would notes up in the guitar range?
  3. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    In terms of economy of motion, you have a better range with the higher C string than you would with the B. Plus, any chording you may do is a lot cleaner sounding on a 6 (thanks to the C) compared to the same chords on a 5.

    To the OP, I wouldn't change the nut just yet, but certainly switch out the strings and see if the new, higher tuning will work for you.
  4. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    You can do this temporarily using a small piece of business card or paper. You may find only needing to do it on the E string (in the B string position).

    I did it sloppy but I like it like that. If the paper shifts while tuning I can pull it back into place or hold it still... (I do this on this instrument to fix a fret buzz when open as the nut has worn too low)


    And to find strings, you just need to buy 4 string sets and a single High C and F to match. Most companies do not make wound F strings (.020W or .022W) so you may find yourself using a plain steel F. and Plain Steel is Plain Steel so you can use a Plain Steel string from who ever has available.