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The 1st Low F# String

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by JAUQO III-X, Apr 17, 2004.


    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    What Bass Player Gave us the First Low F# String ?
  2. is there such a thing? where ca i get one????
  3. 7 strings generally have a low F# string.
  4. the first I heard of one was in the BP feature on Bill Dickens, interviewed by Vic Wooten, asking him about his Conklin 9string.
  5. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I thought that "standard" (if there is such a thing) 7-string tuning was BEADGCF. That's how the Conklins I've played in stores have been tuned.
  6. Didnt JT have a low F# befor '95?
  7. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004

    Seconded. :hyper: :bassist: :hyper:
  8. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    You are correct Flatwound. Default tuning for all production 7 strings out tehre is high C , not low F#. Most 8 strings have a low F#, however. I have no idea who first tuned to a low F#.. personally I think it's completely useless because it's just mush and mud.
  9. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    Only in Canada.;)
  10. Meshuggah sounds nice woth low F#
    but it's imposible to buy such strings in Poland
  11. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    I remember playing Tommy Kennedy's first six string Fodera back in the mid 80's that was strung with a low F#. I'm assuming that was one of the first usages of that. Of course, he quickly dumped the idea due to it basically sounding like low mush, but we were all pretty impressed at the time!
  12. elros


    Apr 24, 2004
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi
    I thought it was Bill Dickens too.

    What's the answer?
  13. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    Tommy did actually play that 6 string with the low F# for a while, so I'm pretty sure that was probably the first usage. That was WAY back in the 80's! I'll check with him about that if and when I talk to him, since that was a long time ago and I'm fuzzy about the exact year. It would have been very early in the Fodera company's history... my guess is around 85 or 86 for that iteration of Tommy's 6.

    Tommy also had the second 5 string ever made with a low B (after Jimmy Johnson's Alembic one year or so earlier). Actually, Fodera claims it's the first 'production 5 string', since it was the first in the Monarch 5 line, not a 'special custom request'.

    PS Just to clarify... Fodera did not make a 6 string that was designed to be used with a low F#... Tommy just did that on his own (i.e., swap out the high C for a low F#).

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