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Tuning a 5-string to EADGC

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chaunceytoben, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. chaunceytoben


    May 29, 2007
    Detroit, MI
    Hey all-

    Ive been throwing around the idea of stringing up my 5-string Yamaha with a high C. I tried, but I really havent found much use for the B so figure I might as well extend my top range. Ive got a pack of 4-string Lo Riders laying around, so I would use those and order a lone high C from Conklin.

    Am I going to run into any issues involving the nut. Obviously trying to stick an E string into a B string nut (without filing) may cause some issues, but what about the other way around? Will it be bad if the strings move a bit due to the extra space in the nut?

    Im thinking it will be ok but would like some opinions before I buy that string.

    thanks, Adam
  2. sandman


    Apr 13, 2004
    I had no dramas at all doing it on my warwick, i'm sure youll be fine. Its a lot of fun.
  3. I know what you meant-
    Putting smaller gauge strings into the original slots will probably be an issue, but try it and see. I did it once and had hardly any open string rattle, much to my surprise. Worst case is you make a new nut, not terribly difficult.
  4. IanStephenson

    IanStephenson UnRegistered User

    Apr 8, 2006
    My yamaha 5 is set up like that. Works great, not problems. Didn't have to make any setup changes at all.

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