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Posted by Datsgor on September 25, 2001 at 15:22:26:
In Reply to: Anyone tried this crazy idea (5-string bass with 4 strings) posted by Magic on September 25, 2001 at 09:50:40:
: Hello !
: Don't laugh at me (OK, You may laugh, this is crazy).
: I found out hat I hardly ever use the 4th string on my JazzBass, and I like to play quite "high" on the fretboard. I also would like to play some really low-tones, so I could use a 5-string.
: Now to the crazy part - if I don't want to buy a 5-string, so what if I replace the E-string with a B-string from a 5-string set, and move all strings "up" one step, meaning that I would have the string tuned at B-E-A-D !!!!!!!
: Has anybody tried this, what would happen ???
Yep, I did that exact thing to my frankenstein bass.....Love it. I had to file the nut to fit the wider strings, I had to adjust the struss rod and the action. One thing, I ended up changing to a heavy 4 string set, the heaviest 4 string set I could find.like Skip said its cheaper, and you don't have a bunch of G strings hangin' around. since I tune the bass to C and D only, the heavy "E" string handles the lows quite well. If you can do these things, go for it....good luck.
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