Wednesday, 21 April 2010
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I've gone to Underdog several times in the last little while and all they have is 4 string sets. I'm wanting to try stringing my Combustion E-C so I guess I could use a 4-str set (plus a single C, but I had origionally planned to use a 6-str set) but I want to compare it to a new standard set, so I'll need a 5-str set as well. Can you hook me up or should I just pester Paul more?
12 years ago
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I just checked with Paul and he has 4 and 5-string sets in stock. The first four strings from both sets are the same so if you're wanting to try E to C, save the money and just get the 4-string set. Before you do though, keep in mind that the strings will be slightly short and you'll need to monkey with shimming the nut to go E to C.
12 years ago
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Uh, what do you mean I'll have to shim the nut? Provided they are long enough (I think we talked about that last time I was there) they should work fine, no? I'll be replacing the nut if I like what I hear.
12 years ago
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[quote="TheGrandEnigma":1axgrv0v]Uh, what do you mean I'll have to shim the nut? Provided they are long enough (I think we talked about that last time I was there) they should work fine, no? I'll be replacing the nut if I like what I hear.[/quote:1axgrv0v] Your bass is tuned E-A-D-G-C ? Mark
12 years ago
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It will be. 8) Edit: I want to try it out. From what Sheldon told me before, as long as the strings are long enough (I might luck out and find some VooDoo's that work) I would be good to go. If I wanted it to stay like that, I would have to change out the nut to fit the new sting gauges. I'll take it to my brothers place to record when I do this, so you'll have sound clips comparing brand-new standard-tuned stings with brand-new alternate-tuned stings when it's done.
12 years ago
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[quote="TheGrandEnigma":4pzauvr1]Uh, what do you mean I'll have to shim the nut? Provided they are long enough (I think we talked about that last time I was there) they should work fine, no? I'll be replacing the nut if I like what I hear.[/quote:4pzauvr1] I grabbed an E-string from stock and held it up to a Combustion. It was too short to make it over the nut at full thickness. You'll need to get creative with some shims in the slots if that's the case.
12 years ago
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[quote="TheGrandEnigma":ihypszdf]It will be. 8)[/quote:ihypszdf] Yeah, I tried the high C years ago (not on a Dingwall), and got weird looks from guitar players when I would play up high on it. Some people think that's not playing "bass". When playing pop/cover tunes, I tend to agree. But I'll play my Voodoo6 at the gig anyway. :wink: Why not just pick up a new nut from the shop and do it right? Mark
12 years ago
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It's a whole lot easier to change strings than it is to change a nut. Plus, if I don't like it, I won't have to put a new nut on again. This is all assuming I could put a new nut on. I'm not sure if that's a do-it-yourself kind of project, but I wouldn't try it either way, so it also saves me labour hours. I picked up a 4 string set from Underdog (they had a 5 hiding as well) so now I'll need to find a C-single (and some time) and I'll be ready to go. Side note: I paid $100 for both sets, is this a normal price? I knew it wasn't going to be cheap, but I didn't expect *that* much.
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