Tuning an electric bass down to Octobass levels

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hall1k, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. hall1k


    Jun 14, 2009
    I was just curious, is there any way one could make a standard 4-string bass produce notes as low as the Octobass, whose lowest open string is tuned to C (~16hz i believe)? This is assuming a 35" scale length and 24 frets. If not, what is the lowest possible note you can get from a bass guitar?
  2. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    Get a Boss OC2 and don't worry about tuning down...
  3. hall1k


    Jun 14, 2009
    My question was just posed out of curiousity, because of course 16hz cannot even be heard by humans.
  4. IF you strung it with high tension wire, probably.
  5. not many TBers can claim to have actually invented an instrument. that thing is cool.
  6. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Reviewer: Bass Player Magazine
    An OC-2 will warble out way before you get to a C0. Even the polyphonic octavers like the POGs won't represent it well.
  7. Yeah... i figgured as much... maybe a magic non-warbling-low-end-tracking-and-retaining-OC-2 huh?

    I also FULLY understand this hypothetical scenerio of mine is completly rediculous :smug:

    Still though... when you get THAT low you just gotta think about getting even lower...
  8. at some point we need to start talkingabout negative hertz, perhpas a bass so low it causes the earth spin backward for a second or so.
  9. Or at least one that hits the "brown note"
  10. doh! I was gonna wait two more posts and make my own brown note joke. you are the Din of Win (whatever that means).