Re: 5th string tuning

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Posted by Rich Laird on January 13, 2001 at 22:05:51:

In Reply to: 5th string tuning posted by M.L.Rouse on January 13, 2001 at 20:14:09:

: Hi I need a little info again.I have a 5 string Kay,
: I also have a 5 string bass guitar the 5th is tuned to a B
: but on the fiddle it is to be tuned to a c
: The b on the guitar is very usefull to me but I cant figgure what use the C would be.
: Have I been told correctly.?
: Thanks

Yes, I'm pretty sure you have been told correctly. That Kay bass is probably
a "Chubby Jackson" model. Chubby Jackson was a bassist who played with some of
the old 40s style big bands - back before anyone had amplification. An unamplified acoustic bass - as you may have noticed - often doesn't have a lot of sound when you get up high on the G-string. So, this guy Chubby used a
C-string to get a beefier sound in the high register.

You might want to try changing the strings around and using a G-D-A-E-B or G-D-A-E-C tuning. But, having had to do that once myself with a Chubby Jackson model Kay bass, I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy!! That bass just wasn't built to support much resonance below the regular E-string.

Generally speaking, orchestral players who play a five-string use a low-C and jazzers more typically use a high C-string.

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