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What tuning do you play in? Alter's? Standards?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Tbirdbassist, Nov 2, 2005.


  1. Just wondering.

    I play in drop d and in variations of drop d. I for some reason can write more interesting lines in this tuning and I love the way an open D sounds when your nailing it with a pick or fingers.

    DADG and DADA for 4 strings.
    DADGC and DADAD for 5 ers (When I get one :D )
    ADADGC and ADADADG for 7's (When I get one :D )



    What about you guys?
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Standard and drop D exclusively.
     
  3. justateenpoet

    justateenpoet Have you...killed the Venture brothers!?!?

    May 14, 2005
    Connecticut
    I play standard, although for my guitars I tune down to CFA#D#GC (aka the Hardcore power chord tone of doom :) )

    Why I haven't bought a 7-String yet I'm not sure
     
  4. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Yep, Hipshot on every bass but the fretless for me.
     
  5. slapcracklepop

    slapcracklepop

    Jun 28, 2005
    Boston, MA
    standard

    D,A,D, G
    D, Ab, Db, Gb
    C, G, C, F
     
  6. Standard and d,a,d,g.

    I'd love to get a hipshot, but I think a new bass is in order long before that.
     
  7. deaf pea

    deaf pea

    Mar 24, 2005
    Cuernavaca 1 hr S Mexico City
    Seymour Duncan/Basslines SMB-5A Endorsing Artist
    BEADG, hipshot to AEADG fretted and fretless bolt-ons

    EADGC fretless neckthru

    the '58 Precision is EADG hipshot to DADG, but I haven't used it since I got the newest custom fretted and fretless bolt-ons . . . maybe I should think about selling it (after returning it to a more "stock" set-up). Anybody interested?

    BTW, I've had that '58 since 1967 - 38 years!!!
     
  8. I almost exclusively play in standard (BEADG). There are a few songs that I'll play with drop D if I need to play D open for some parts (Hammer-ons with D being the low note). But I usually try to work around that by playing D on the B string. But, of course, there are some songs where I just can't do that comfortably, so I play BDADG, and don't touch the B string much.
     
  9. mwm70

    mwm70

    Oct 27, 2004
    Baltimore
    95% - A 440

    Rest - DGCF
     
  10. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    I have one bass in EADG and one in DGCF (I call this my "Money" tuning).
     
  11. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

    Aug 7, 2004
    Michigan
    I play a half step down, with a hipshot on the low E.
     
  12. Don W

    Don W

    Jan 30, 2004
    East Bay, CA.
    I tune to BEADGC on my bass and I have two guitars that I tune to EADGCF or BEADGC.
     
  13. BassGod

    BassGod

    Jan 21, 2004
    Yeah, I play in standard and drop-D only as well. I was thinking of getting a Hipshot, but I can't decide if it's worth it!

    Graeme
     
  14. ashbory

    ashbory

    Jun 13, 2000
    The Hammer
    Has anyone tried tuning in major 3rds?

    for example:

    4 string: e g# c e
    or
    five string: b d# g b d#
    or
    six string: b d# g b d# g

    This would give you a chromatic scale with one finger per fret. - less shifting around on the fingerboard.
    - fingering patterns would be duplicated every 4th string - especially nice on a six string, where the top 3 strings would be the same notes as the bottom 3 (an octave up of course).
    - You could use larger gauges on the smaller strings as they are tuned gradually lower (than standard tuning) - giving more consistancy in tone between strings.
     
  15. Squidfinger

    Squidfinger I wish I could sing like Rick Danko.

    Jan 7, 2004
    Shreveport LA
    Just plain old EADG.
     
  16. nataku

    nataku

    Jun 21, 2004
    San Jose, CA
    ive always wanted to try DADA, but im afraid of breaking a string.
     
  17. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio
    D#
    G#
    C#
    F#

    I'll occasionally tune up to F flat if I'm subbing for someone.
     
  18. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I have been playing open G tuning at rehearsal for about a month now and nobody else in the band has noticed.

    D-G-D-G-B-D
     
  19. Right now, I'm tuned a half step down, EbAbDbGb, simply for the open Eb/D#, which I've been needing in a few of our originals. I was tired of always tuning between songs, and I hadn't really considered detuning every string. I like it, though.