Six string bass tuning?

Six string bass tuning?

Postby Emoto » Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:41 pm

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Is the standard tuning for a 6-string bass EADGBE or something else?

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Re: Six string bass tuning?

Postby JonnyBoy » Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:41 pm

I am not a bass player, but I thought it was EADGEA, I could be totally wrong, CALLING ALL YOU PHIL's??? :?:
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Re: Six string bass tuning?

Postby waldo041 » Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:43 pm

Low B on top, High b on the bottom, so it would be B - E - A - D - G - b

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Re: Six string bass tuning?

Postby tcsned » Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:31 pm

I also hear that some folks tune the 6th string to C to keep it strait 4ths across all the strings.
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Re: Six string bass tuning?

Postby tigerstrat » Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:04 pm

BEADGB. just think of it as "there's a 4-string bass hidden in the middle"
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Re: Six string bass tuning?

Postby Rusty the Scoob » Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:28 am

People who start on guitar do BEADGB but bass players with few exceptions do BEADGC. Who wants a minor 3rd mucking up the perfect grid of 4ths?
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Re: Six string bass tuning?

Postby RiverRat » Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:33 am

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Re: Six string bass tuning?

Postby Emoto » Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:34 am

Guys, this is completely horrifying! :shock: :lol:

Doesn't anyone play one tuned to EADGBE? I wanted to add one to my stable but be able to make easy transitions between it and guitar.
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Re: Six string bass tuning?

Postby RiverRat » Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:47 am

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Re: Six string bass tuning?

Postby strumminsix » Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:23 pm

Rusty the Scoob wrote:People who start on guitar do BEADGB but bass players with few exceptions do BEADGC. Who wants a minor 3rd mucking up the perfect grid of 4ths?

This. Every bassist I know lugging a 6 stringer has a high C for said reasons.

Emoto, no the low B allows for nice runs lower than the standard bass E and nice 1-5 bops in a lower register.
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Re: Six string bass tuning?

Postby tcsned » Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:32 pm

I think those old Fender Bass VI were octave guitars EADGBe
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Re: Six string bass tuning?

Postby tigerstrat » Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:23 pm

OK, well I actually play a 5-string. I've never actually owned or played (being left-handed) a 6, so forgive my ignorance on the C vs. B. "Picture a 4-string bass sandwiched in the middle" still applies. I suppose if I ever were to play a 6 I would probably prefer C. My Alembic Epic-5 is BEADG; I tend to play it as if it were just the standard 4 strings.
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Re: Six string bass tuning?

Postby Rusty the Scoob » Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:19 am

Emoto wrote:Guys, this is completely horrifying! :shock: :lol:

Doesn't anyone play one tuned to EADGBE? I wanted to add one to my stable but be able to make easy transitions between it and guitar.


I'm sure someone out there does it, but you're going to have to get a new nut made with skinnier slots and good luck finding the high E.

What's wrong with a good old 4 string?
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Re: Six string bass tuning?

Postby Emoto » Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:25 am

Rusty the Scoob wrote:
Emoto wrote:Guys, this is completely horrifying! :shock: :lol:

Doesn't anyone play one tuned to EADGBE? I wanted to add one to my stable but be able to make easy transitions between it and guitar.


I'm sure someone out there does it, but you're going to have to get a new nut made with skinnier slots and good luck finding the high E.

What's wrong with a good old 4 string?



It's missing two strings! LOL.
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Re: Six string bass tuning?

Postby Phil Lesh101 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:39 pm

Listen up every one it isnt EADGBE. That is a regular guitar. 4- E.A.D.G, 5- B... E.A.D.G, 6- B... E.A.D.G ... C
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