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Posted by Luke ( on July 24, 2002 at 22:22:50:


I'll be purchasing my first electric bass this weekend (Carvin LB20) and will start taking lessons next week, but I had a few questions on things I was just curious about.

What's the lowest you can tune a 4-string bass before the strings get too floppy? Would heavier gauge strings "fix" this floppiness? Or is the only way around this a bass with a scale length longer than 34-inches?

The thing is, I'm interested in trying out the B-E-A-D tuning. Is this even practical for a 34-inch bass? Would heavy guage strings be mandatory for this tuning?


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