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Tuning to all D

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by ~Ethan~, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. ~Ethan~


    Dec 3, 2008
    Abilene, TX
    I had a thought awhile back to make a strange 3 string bass that was tuned to all one key. i.e. D-D-D (Drop D, normal D, and high D)

    How would this play? Not really sure, just thought it would be interesting and different.

  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    listen to morphine or presidents of the united states much?
  3. If it is a 3 stringer, I'd tune it to Low DGC. It would give you some notes to play below the normal open tuned E on the low string and put the E on a fret.
  4. ~Ethan~


    Dec 3, 2008
    Abilene, TX
    Although I didn't get the idea from either of those bands, I have been getting into morphine lately. :)

    I might try that tuning if/when I get it built but would still like to know how the all one note would sound/play.

    Thanks for the replies BTW.
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    That will be great when you play in the key of D ...

    Seriously why don't more bass players tune DGCF?
  6. Silver Hammer

    Silver Hammer

    Aug 17, 2006
    Sonic Youth and Lou Reed both did something similar.
  7. mwiles30


    Dec 31, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
    You wouldn't be able to play a scale without having to shift several positions at a time.
  8. roschmbo


    Dec 13, 2008
    Sounds like it would be REALLY hard to play.
  9. lowendgenerator


    Mar 26, 2006
    I do! ;)

    Ok, so I'm in drop C most of the time, but DGCF feels good too!
  10. Linkert

    Linkert Guest

    Oct 24, 2006
    Tuned my bass to Low E on all strings. FLOPPY but it worked. Very interesting stuff.
  11. ~Ethan~


    Dec 3, 2008
    Abilene, TX
    Thanks for the input!

    I'll try the DGCF tuning on my other bass and see how I like that. Is that low D to high F and the C like on a six stringer?

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