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Tuning a Bass to A (NOT drop A)

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by westicle, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. Does anyone have experience tuning a 5 string bass to A but not drop A, so all strings are down a whole step?

    I have a tour coming up in October that I need to sort a bass for and I'm looking into getting a Ray35. The guitar player is in drop A but I don't like playing basses in drop.
  2. mech

    mech Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    I played with bands that tune down a half step and a .130 -.050" set feels a little loose. I'd recommend a set that's a little larger. Don't know whats available for what you like but I'd use at least a .135" set. Found this.

    DR Strings Electric Bass Guitar Drop Down Tuning 5-String, .055 - .135, DDT5-55

  3. I'm borrowing a 5 string Aria Pro II at the moment and I put 135's on that. It's a little loose for my liking and I think the nut needs raising to cope. I've not modded a nut before though.

    Also, the 135 only just fits in the bridge and the ball end sticks out a bit, won't go all the way in.

    I haven't seen sets of bass strings over 135 though. Might have to buy some singles.
  4. Lars_Vegas


    Jul 12, 2010
    Did that for years with Traben Torrent 5-String and D'addarios 135 - 50s.
    It wasnt to loose for my taste but neither very tight.

    dunno about rays though...
  5. Circle K strings could do that, or you could talk to Jason at bassstringsonline.
  6. Cool, never heard of either so will have a butcher's. Cheers.
  7. WOW. Just looked at Circle K. I had NO IDEA you could get strings that big. Some of their sets are insane.

    Just need to find them in the UK now....


    Jun 16, 2010
    They ship everywhere. I got a .180-.36 set. They sound amazing
  9. Oh yeah. Shipping isn't as horrific as I thought it might be either.

    Just need to buy a bass now :D
  10. mech

    mech Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    On all my 4 strings that I've converted to BEAD I've had to drill the hole in the bridge for the B string to 5/32" (.156") so the large wrap by the ball will fit through.


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