Monday, 01 March 2010
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So today, at church, I decided that I was going to play with my B string tuned down a full step to A during a couple songs. WOW was that awesome. I doubt anybody noticed, but I was very impressed. Giddy in fact. So now I think I'll have to keep it like that (maybe not, I haven't decided). I know everyone here knew this already, I just thought I'd share my happiness! One thing I'd like clarification on: When I tuned my B down, all the other strings went out of tune (makes sense to me). My question is what a guy does about hipshot detuners. Do you live with the other stings out of tune, or do you tune to a happy medium? Re-tune every time you use it? Tell me, how low do you tune?
11 years ago
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I do the regular B - E - A - D - G on my fiver and E - A - D - G on my four string. But then, I've never had hipshot on any of my basses so far, so it's to much hassle to tune down... :mrgreen: I'll have hipshot on my AB (in progress) however, so I'll have to check that out. My hope is that the AB neck is stable enough that the other strings don't go out of tune.. 8)
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[quote="TheGrandEnigma":3uvon10g]One thing I'd like clarification on: When I tuned my B down, all the other strings went out of tune (makes sense to me). My question is what a guy does about hipshot detuners. Do you live with the other stings out of tune, or do you tune to a happy medium? Re-tune every time you use it? Tell me, how low do you tune?[/quote:3uvon10g] I use the Hipshot on my Dingwall quite often, and I never have an issue with the other strings going out of tune, I just pull the lever and it' sin tune in whatever configuration I use. Even when I switch back and forth during a song it stays in tune all the time. I agree with you on the awesome sound of a clean low A. Not sure why your bass goes out of tune though. I'm sure Sheldon has an answer, and this might be a thread that should have been in the Ask Sheldon category? If you try to play "Comfortably numb" you can use the low B and A with a rather dramatic effect, but you'll need to install a Hipshot tuner for that. However, if the rest of the strings go out of tune that probably isn't the best way of spending your money.
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[quote="EW":60m4msfp]I use the Hipshot on my Dingwall quite often, and I never have an issue with the other strings going out of tune, I just pull the lever and it' sin tune in whatever configuration I use. Even when I switch back and forth during a song it stays in tune all the time.[/quote:60m4msfp] +1. My ABI tuning is stable when using the Hipshot. I have Hipshots on a couple of other basses and I've never had an issue. Mark
11 years ago
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Huh. Maybe I'll rip 'er out right now and check again. I'd hate to think I was missing out on something. ;)
11 years ago
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All necks will move a little when you de-tune. The Canadian necks especially with carbon fiber will de-tune the least, but the Combustion only moves a few cents when dropping down to A.
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If I installed a detuner, would it be consistent, where my strings were out of tune (slightly) when playing drop-A, but normal when playing the regular B, regardless how much I switch in between?
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[quote="TheGrandEnigma":3bqg9o98]If I installed a detuner, would it be consistent, where my strings were out of tune (slightly) when playing drop-A, but normal when playing the regular B, regardless how much I switch in between?[/quote:3bqg9o98] Yes.
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I'm tuned down 1/2 step(the whole bass), the bass will handle being tuned down to G without any problems aside from speaker cone stress, it sounds especially good down there with new strings. FWIW, different types of strings may cause your neck to move differently going from tuning to tuning, something to be aware of.
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Thanks all!
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