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Old February 5th, 2013, 03:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Any B E A D players?

Low-to-high.
Just joined a band and the Bass player does just that.
Likes the Low notes, doesn't want a 5-string.

He likes to hold down the bottom-end and, seems to be doing just that.
Sounds good to me, I have no complaints.

Any other 4-stringers around here that do the same?

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Old February 5th, 2013, 03:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i never have or known anybody to.

but Russ Valory of Journey did that most of his career
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Old February 5th, 2013, 04:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've got a P/J setup that way, never was a fan of 5 strings.
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B*E*A*D is an ideal tuning. There is much talk about it here in the past. Give that G string to a guitar player. take care. Bob
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Old February 5th, 2013, 11:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I didn't love the 5 string I had, but I frequently use the Hipshot extender key I have dialed down to D on my 4 string. I have thought about it occasionally, but have yet to pull that trigger.

"Baritone Bass"?
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Old February 8th, 2013, 10:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm pretty much all five string at this point, but I do still have a pair of fours that don't get much love anymore - a dynamite EBMM Sterling that was a gift from my wife and MIL and a beater old G&L L1000. I've seriously considered stringing them both BEAD to see if it helps me to give them more playing time and may start with the G&L. I don't think I'll miss the high G.

All my other fours are gone...
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Old February 9th, 2013, 02:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My Jazz bass is tuned ADGC (just like my Tele and Strat). I prefer the extra "grind" you get from old school detuning then simply adding a lower string. My old drummer has a six string Carvin that I just could not get along with. Those necks are just too big!
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Ironically, the only 5 string I've ever owned/played and liked was this no name POS thing. It was even an awful colour (transparent failed amber - orange).
It had such a comfy neck and real full, round and punchy pickups.
Sold it for $150, meaning I made $150 on it.

My current bass is in DGdg, low to high. Makes some thin lizzy riffs a bit more... Interesting, but full and (deep) ringing chords are right there.
Seeing as I only have a short scale at the mo, I'm hoping to get a longer scale and try CGDA.
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Never needed the lower notes. The one time I gigged on a five string, I did kinda like having the extra notes under my fingers in any particular position, but I doubt if I played the sub-E notes more than a few times all night...

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I used to play BEAD instead of getting a 5 for some gigs. I no longer string a bass that way. I'm better off EADG- that is difficult enough for me to master.
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Never needed the lower notes. The one time I gigged on a five string, I did kinda like having the extra notes under my fingers in any particular position, but I doubt if I played the sub-E notes more than a few times all night...

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I play a 5 almost exclusively when I play bass, and that's the main reason why. It ain't so much about the low D, C and B (although those are sometimes fun); it's all about being able to stay higher up on the neck and on fatter strings for everything you play.

I would miss the G like I'd miss a leg, especially for slap-funk. If I must play a 4, standard tuning for me, thanks.
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