Re: Tuning a Four as a Five

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Posted by El Pájaro on August 07, 2000 at 06:59:13:

In Reply to: Tuning a Four as a Five posted by Deman on August 06, 2000 at 18:41:26:

: Hey...someone mentioned tuning a four as a five string, and as I've been considering doing this for a while anyway, I wanted to get final opinions and any dire warnings before I did it. I'm playing a cheap Korean Samick, 34" scale, and I was going to get medium gauge .128, .110, .085, .061, .044, .029(as opposed to light) La Belle Deep talkin' Bass strings, and put the B-D on, save the G in case I want to go back (Right!). I'm hoping that the heavier srings will enable me to maintain the tension of the four I have now running .106-.040. I know that I may have to file my nut to get the strings on, and was wondering, if this is done carefully, taking care to maintain action, can it be very harmful? I am fairly competent at guitar maintainence, and I'm expeccting to re-intone and re-bais my neck during this process. Any comments greatly appreciated.
: Deman

Hey there,
It should be no problem, but, after you file down your nut slots and slap the strings on the bass, make sure to adjust instonation at the bridge. Most likely you'll have to adjust all the saddles to accomodate to the new string gauges. And don't forget to tweak that truss rod.
All things done, I'd consider this transition to be pretty much "not undoable", so I think it's better suited to your spare bass rather than to your main one.
Buena suerte and keep your basses up front in the mix,

El Pájaro

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