Wednesday, 10 June 2015
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First, apologies if this question has been answered already. I searched the forum and didn't find it. I've got an ABI. I think it's a first generation because it's got a bluEQube toggle switch. I'd like to try playing it with set of Voodoo light gauge ss strings tuned E A D G C. I'm wondering if the extra tension created on the neck should be of any concern or if the strings themselves will be adversely affected. Also, I'm considering lowering the action a little. Any advice or suggestions is appreciated. Thanks.
6 years ago
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You're going to get a six string set and use the E-C strings? There's a number of guys stringing their AB's E-C. I'm flirting with trying this with my Super Pj 5 and some TI jazz flats. I don't foresee any problems if the nut doesn't rattle with the smaller strings.
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Actually, I was going to try using the standard 5-string set: B through G but I'm thinking this will result in string tensions that are too high to be comfortable playing even if I lower the action. I'm wondering if anyone has tried this and how it's worked out?
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Just order a set of balanced tension for that tuning. It'll feel like stock tension. Sheldon recommended 35 pounds for the NG-2 Combustions, I'm going to assume that it's similar across their basses. I've got an NG-2 that's tuned C#F#BEA, so it's tuned up. It handles it fine. Just a little tweak of the truss rod and saddle height adjustment and you're good. I need to order some balanced tension strings to make it complete though. But it still works fine for now.
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Thanks Acid666. I came across a prior post of yours on the same topic of up / down tuning to which Sheldon replied. I had not heard of Kalium strings but I think I'll give them a try. I also might try them on my Fender P-bass.
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I looked for my old thread about this but i couldn't find it. Might have been cleaned up. (Also, I never trust forum searches, they never seem to work.) I tried this with my Combustion when I had it. I didn't balance the string tension (ie, I used standard gage strings) so the tone was lacking, but I also found that for the amount of time I used the high C string, it wasn't worth loosing the low B string. Go ahead and experiement, not everyone is me, buy my solution was to get a 6 string AB-II. Re-stringing a 5er with that alternate tuning isn't worth it imo.
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I finally strung up the Super J 5 E-C. I used the new Dingwall medium scale nickels with the C string from a Dingwall nickel six string set. The strings fit just fine, there's no buzz at the nut on open strings. Setup could go even lower if I replace the saddle cap heads with shorter screws. I'm very pleased with the results.
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When I was teaching guitar students, I used to tune my Q5 in EADGC so I wouldn't have to play a guitar (bass player hands). That way, when I was teaching guitar, all I had to do was drop the C to B so the fingering (minus a high E) was the same. It's also good if you're going chordal work.
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