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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 7:10 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

hi everyone, hopefully one of you can help me out:

me an my band play in drop-c and our bassplayer plays a 5-string bass (scale length is 34 or 35). since most of our songs are played in d minor (and therefore easy to play...as well as d- major or f sharp minor) they sound one step lower (therefore c-minor) making it verey hard for our bassplayer to incorporate open strings to his bassline....

so my question bassically is: will tuning down two half steps on a five string (with a 34/35 scale) affect the intonation that much that a set-up is a MUST or is it more like a subtle difference that barely anyone would notice in a live or rehearsal situation ? (the lesser tension on the strings wonīt be a problem)

any input is highly appreciated an many thanks in advance since i donīt know anything about basses

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 12:50 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

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will tuning down two half steps on a five string (with a 34/35 scale) affect the intonation that much that a set-up is a MUST


IMO....yes. Any time something is changed, it's a good idea to at least check the intonation.

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(the lesser tension on the strings wonīt be a problem)


It has been a while since I've owned/played a 5 string, but tuning down a whole step is going to make the B very floppy and possibly unusable on a standard scale bass.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 1:00 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

SirFreakOfTheInk wrote:


It has been a while since I've owned/played a 5 string, but tuning down a whole step is going to make the B very floppy and possibly unusable on a standard scale bass.


Agreed. Anything less than 35" and we're talking flaccid. Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 1:01 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

One of my bands uses the same tuning, and I tune my 5-string UP a half step to C standard. I use the lightest guage strings I can find (usually .125's), and it works great.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 1:45 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

grayta wrote:
SirFreakOfTheInk wrote:


It has been a while since I've owned/played a 5 string, but tuning down a whole step is going to make the B very floppy and possibly unusable on a standard scale bass.


Agreed. Anything less than 35" and we're talking flaccid. Rolling Eyes


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 4:44 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

SirFreakOfTheInk wrote:
grayta wrote:
SirFreakOfTheInk wrote:


It has been a while since I've owned/played a 5 string, but tuning down a whole step is going to make the B very floppy and possibly unusable on a standard scale bass.


Agreed. Anything less than 35" and we're talking flaccid. Rolling Eyes


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