WHat's farthest you tuned a set of .0105-.045 set

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by GC34, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. GC34


    Nov 25, 2012
    How far have you tuned bass strings past standard. If anyone has tested to see how far they can go without breaking please post.
  2. NightTripper


    Oct 20, 2011
    I don't know if this counts, but I had just finished stringing up my bass and I was tuning the E string and was baffled that it sounded higher than the A. I eventually realized I had tuned it almost a whole octave above what it's supposed to be, so that the 3rd fret G sounded like the open G string. Oops!
  3. GC34


    Nov 25, 2012

    How far did you go? Oh now I see. THat's B Flat an octave lower than the g string on the 3rd.
  4. NightTripper


    Oct 20, 2011
    No, I mean the G note on the third fret of the E sounded like the open G string. I was like, *** is wrong with this string?! Obviously there was nothing wrong with the string - there was something wrong with me. :p I think I was just thrown off because long-scale basses seem to have more tension, and my new bass is SS.
  5. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    you could probably crank the B, E and maybe the A a whole octave up, but the higher strings would likely break first.

    the obvious question is why? what guaranteed bad idea are you contemplating here?
  6. GC34


    Nov 25, 2012
    I want to know how far bass strings can tune too. I'm making a chart of all their breaking tensions. I don't want to test them. Just carious to see how much punishment they can take. HAve you tuned the b and low e an octave up by accident? Doubt they will make it.
  7. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    I know a guy who uses a .105 as a B string... So I am sure he can rock a BEAD set using 45-105

    As far as how high... I wouldn't go higher than a whole step. That will make the 065 at near 65 pounds! Another half step it is about 75 pounds.
  8. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    D'Addario has some of the higher pitches per string and their tensions in their tension guide, and so does CircleK.
  9. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    Before I was more careful, I've 'tuned' B, E, A strings 1 1/2 steps too high (then pulled 'em right back down)- never broke 'em.
    Have a set of 40-100 round core NPS on fretless tuned BEAD,
    sounds great.
  10. GC34


    Nov 25, 2012
    Has anyone tuned the B, Low E, or A up an octave above standard. If so please post the guage and brand.
  11. 18eranaRic

    18eranaRic Inactive

    Mar 7, 2009
    Malibu, USA
    you'll really screw up your neck! just say NO! -imho
  12. unclebass


    Dec 17, 2012
    Once tuned BEAD set up to EADG. Didn't know the strings had been changed. Neck was really bent, and tuners were real hard to turn. If you tune an octave above standard, YOU"LL KNOW IT!!!
    I have tuned a standard EADG set down to BEAD. Sounded real sweet, just a little too loose for me to play comfortably. May have worked a little better with a 50-110 set.
  13. J Posega

    J Posega Cat Dad and Dingwall Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA

    Unless they took bass strings, manhandled them onto a guitar, and tuned them. Even then, a .105 E would have too much tension to reach that high, I'd bet.

    Or I guess technically you could take a .060 and tune it to E1, then wind it all the way up to E2... only a little higher than the D that string would normally be tuned to. But it'd sound like wet noodles tuned down to E1.

    Why are you so interested in this? I've seen this post on several forums. If you really want to know, then do it!
  14. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    How far up have I tuned? Personally? Well, I've taken my E up to A to experiment with tension, and I've tuned my G up to A for the same reasons.

    No idea what strings they were at the time I did this, but they would've all been 45-105 sets either GHS Boomers, Ernie Ball Slinkies, or DR Sunbeams.

  15. I had my Warwick tuned to C (C F Bb Eb)for a while back in 2007/8, mainly to prepare for a gig, with D'Addario Nickel 45-105. Looking back it seems ridiculous. Such low tension. This was before I looked into such things as retaining tension for down tuning.

    Nowadays I use 60-120 for this tuning.
  16. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
    I once tried to tune a Fender flatwound 0.045 G string up to an A#. It made it a bit past A....

  17. I had Boomers strung up in 5ths once: GDAE. I was playing around reading cello music and trying my sister's bow on my bass. That's the 7th-fret E on the normal G string. Surprisingly, the strings took it and so did the neck. I didn't leave them that way for very long though.
  18. I had a set of 8 month old elixers and decided to see how high I could tune the G string before it snapped (was on a really cheap bass that I hooped the trussrod being a noob). It made it up to C.
  19. GC34


    Nov 25, 2012
    I got a low e string up to B on bass.
  20. GC34


    Nov 25, 2012
    I was talking to the guitar tech at my local store. He said bass strings can go to their next string note. Like Low E up to A,A up to D, D up to G using standard guages. It looks like I can tune them at least five semitones without them snapping except for the g. He accidently overtightened many strings. He said he got a 90 low e up to C. The tuner was hard to turn and the strings was stiff. He got a d string up to G#. The string was about to snap.