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TI Flats for 6 String Tuned E-E?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Aka Nameless, Dec 9, 2006.

  1. Aka Nameless

    Aka Nameless

    Oct 24, 2006
    Hello everyone, i'm looking at picking up some TI Flats, but I tune my 6 string fretless E flat to E flat (I'm mainly a guitar player..), Will I have problems tension wise? Most 6 string sets seem to be designed for balanced tension when tuned B-C. So I imagine that Tuning all the strings higher will make the balance of the tension out of wack, and probably even break a couple of the strings from too much tension. Any way around this? I really want to try TI FLats..

    Thanks for any responses.
  2. Your best bet would be to use the EADGC from a 6-string set of the TI flats, and then find something else for the high E. Since you wouldn't be able to tune the full 6-string set up the 5-steps without them breaking.

    Finding the high E though...I dunno. I think TI makes some flatwound guitar strings. I don't know how it would compare tonally, but you could try using a guitar's G-string, tuned down to E. Longer scale of the bass = higher tension (if it were tuned to a guitar's open D), so tuning down a few steps should be okay tension-wise I would think.

    Or try and find a flatwound F-string for bass. I know there are some...
  3. The high C on the TI JF346 set is 0.033, and is the smallest JF string that they make, so you would be on your own for a high E.. The good news is that that string might be plain steel and not wrapped, since you might be looking at a 0.028 or something. I wouldn't sweat the halfstep detuning to Eb. The tension will be lower but it shouldn't be a problem. Tuning a BEADGC set up to Eb will result in broken strings and/or a broken bass. Not the way to go.

    FWIW, I play a 5, also fretless, tuned EADGC, and that high C is a 0.027 roundwound nickel string offerend by Zon. I buy singles to fill out a light gauge 4 set. The whole set runs: 095, 075, 055, 035, 027. That set is pretty darn light, and since you are looking at Eb tuning you could bump up to a 0.100 set (or heavier) and be looking at something like 100, 80, 60, 50, 35, 25. They aren't TI Flats, but check out Zon at http://www.zonguitars.com/ and click through the Shop Zon, then Shop Online. Their nickel strings are excellent and they offer everything in singles. You could also buy a stock 4 string set and then fill out the high strings from the singles. I think the smallest they make is a 0.025. Might just do the trick. Also check out their piccolo sets. The highest strings are plain steel, but they run down to 0.018!!!

    I use a LOT of TI strings, but honestly TI is not great for "out of the box" tunings. They only offer one gauge for each type/scale set, so you can't cherrypick between part of a medium gauge set and part of an extra light set.

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