Why would you tune like this?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jodeen, Aug 21, 2017.

  1. jodeen


    May 27, 2017
    ADGCFBbEbAb instead of the usual F#1 E2 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4 for an 8 stringer?
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Because you like it better?

    What did I win?
  3. jodeen


    May 27, 2017
    Anyone tune their 8 like this and what are the benefits to it over the standard?
  4. Not that exact tuning because ive never owned an 8. I have had a 7 string setup f#beadgc and beadgcf. With my main player which is my Warwick thumb NT6 6 string we have a few songs where I drop the low B to A so AEADGC.

    There's are a few benefits of not using low f#.

    1 cost. Low f# strings are stupid expensive. You can get a nice low A out of a good low B string. If you're going to use low A as your standard tuning you can even go as high as a .140 or .145 gauge if you want (I prefer lighter than that personally) but going from .145 up to .175 for example there's a huge price jump.

    2 maybe that tuning is easier to play the music they play. Maybe it's more based on what the guitar(s) player is tuned to.

    3 maybe they don't like the feel of low f# strings. if you've never used a low f# string it's about as thick as a pencil. Using a much lighter gauge string for low A is much more playable imo.
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  5. jodeen


    May 27, 2017
    Thanks a lot for your explanations Nephilymbass.
    Much to learn.
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  6. no problem
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