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What is the best bass for a detuned low A under $1500

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by waytoodeep03, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. That doesnt sound warbly, muddy and the strings are all floppy?
  2. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    There is no correct answer here. Physics is not price sensitive.
  3. Direct Box Rox

    Direct Box Rox Silence = Deaf

    Feb 12, 2012
    Zon Sonus. And you could have it special ordered with 35" scale. I've had two Zon's but only one detuned. Standard tuning for us was C# F# B E.

    If you cant afford that another option would to get a cheap J-bass and have a Modulus neck put on. The Modulus J-neck sells for around $560 from a retailer. I know because I ordered one 4 weeks ago.

    Hope that helps.
  4. all you need are the right gauge strings
  5. sweet. I had a dingwall and loved it for that 37" scale but disliked the slanted frets
  6. +1 The best answer.

    Any 35" scale will do, but I wouldn't use a Jbass for those kind of lows, and a Dingwall or Quake bass are out of your price bracket.
  7. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    35" scale bass of some sort. My Modulus Q5 would be perfect and was purchased for less than that.
  8. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements

    You bet.

  9. ugly_bassplayer


    Jan 21, 2009
    Please explain why you think this is true.
  10. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods!

    ESP LTD F Series and a set of 130s
  11. wes stephenson

    wes stephenson Supporting Member

    Dec 18, 2009
    Dallas Texas!!!!
    I've got a 6str fender jazz bass that I tuned F#-G and the F# str sounds great.
  12. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods!

    Wow...what size is your top string?
  13. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    They're killin' 34" B string I personally keep a full step downtuned:eek:

  14. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    6 string Fender jazz? Pics or no bass...
  15. Direct Box Rox

    Direct Box Rox Silence = Deaf

    Feb 12, 2012
    A good friend of mine used to tune to A# and it was on a G&L ASAT 4 string. He gigged regularly with it and sounded great. He had no complaints about the way it handled.
  16. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson!

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    A used Stingray with heavy, heavy strings (like .145+ on the A) would do just fine.
  17. Jbyjnkx57


    Jan 24, 2011
    Adrian Mi 49221
    Checkout the Warwick Vaympre Rock bass. $900, same electronics and hardware as it's German big brother at 1/4 the cost! Plus they come tuned in like F or F#


    Pretty neat bass for $900.
  18. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead!

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    I've played many downtuned 34" basses with a solid low A. It has a lot to do with your strings and how much tension they have. PERSONALLY, I prefer 34" scale since I've had more options when it comes to strings as opposed to 35" scale which was more restrictive IME.
  19. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    That's where I'd start. A detuned light-gauge B is going to flop (albeit slightly less on a 35" than a 34").

    Check out Circle K's tension chart to get an idea what sort of tension different gauges would give you when tuned to A.
  20. MCS4

    MCS4 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Any bass with big enough strings. I every now and again have occasion to tune down to B or A, and I'll generally use one of my Carvin 4's strung up with the heavier four strings from a standard five-string set (toss the lightest string). Sounds great.
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