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Re: tuning in fifths

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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on February 25, 2001 at 04:21:09:

In Reply to: Re: tuning in fifths posted by Dave on February 24, 2001 at 23:04:06:

: I'm currently a classical cello player, but a friend of mine wants me to learn bass and form a band with him. However a cello is tuned in fifths, and I could immediately read music and play if I could tune a bass in fifths, which I understand is not unheard of. Does anyone have any recommendations for tuning a bass to C-G-D-A, and are there any problems with the different string tensions (like a warped neck)?

I'd say that if you wanted to use a tuning like that with a bass, you might want to get a custom string set made up that would compensate for the different pitches of the strings; that should keep the neck straight.

Unfortunately, I can't tell you exactly what string gauges you should use; hopefully, someone else will be able to fill that in for you.

Hope that helps!


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