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What are the strings on a six string?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 311 fan, Oct 1, 2000.


  1. 311 fan

    311 fan

    Sep 24, 2000
    La Verne, CA
    What are they? Isnt there, like, a low B and a high B?
     
  2. Low to high;
    B
    E
    A
    D
    G
    C
     
  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    BEADGC - Guys like turner may tune 'em differently. I think I saw one of his 7-string tunings as BEADGBE or something.
     
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Most are BEADGC, some tune the 2 high strings a half step flat for easier chord fingerings ala the geetar(John T has a 7 tuned like this, I think, Tim Bogert tunes this way, and Jonas Hellborg has a 10 string{that he reportedly doesn't play anymore}tuned an octave below a bass EADG for the first 4 strings, then EADGBE in the range of the bass, but again with the last 2 strings 1/2 step flat for easier chording).

    Myself, if I ever get a stable enough 6 or 7 string, will tune F#BEADG, add a C if I get 7.

    John T(him again!:D ) has a 7 tuned this way, and I believe his 8 is tuned F#BEADGBE, as mentioned above, to facilitate chords.
     
  5. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    yeah! what he said. i've also tuned my 7's E-A-D-G-C-E-A before, though my main tuning is B-E-A-D-G-B-E. i got the idea from playing tim bogert's 6 string tobias (tuned B-E-A-D-G-B) at the '88 summer namm show in atlanta. when i finally got my first 7 string (an unlined fretless, in '93), i figured 34 bazillion guitarists can't be wrong, and since then it has just stuck.
     
  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I will be assimilated!
    :eek: