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Posted by El Pájaro on May 08, 2001 at 08:22:30:

In Reply to: dropped B E D G posted by Lukifer on May 08, 2001 at 02:00:19:

: I'm very familiar with using dropped D tunings, but could anybody tell me how to correctly tune the E down a B and the A down to E? I need to know which frets to use when tuning it.

Yo Luke,
The idea sounds interesting, but I think if you tune down that much (I mean, it´s a LONG way from E to B and from A to E), your bottom strings will feel as loose as ropes and sound like a mechanical fart.
What I'd do in your situation is buy one set of 5 strings, then use the B and E as the bottom two strings, throw the A string away, then use the D and G strings as your top two strings. Voilá! Instant new tuning without having to tune down a lot. The strings will feel tighter and sound fuller and more focused.
WARNING: before running to the music store to buy strings, keep in mind this solution will put A LOT of tension in your neck (your bass neck, that is...), so a truss rod adjustment might be in order. And if you have a graphite neck bass, even better (yes, it's true I have a strong bias towards graphite necks, but trust me on this one...).
Also, you'll notice the two bottom slots in the nut (the bass nut, that is...) will turn out to be a little too slim for the new strings, so perhaps a new nut (or some work done in the existing nut) might be in order as well.
Try it out and see if it works out, and of course, take some time to come back and tell us if it did. Buena suerte and, as always, keep your bass up front in the mix,

El Pájaro

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