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low string for drop-D tuning

Post by model.citizen » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:03 pm

anyone got a holy grail string secret that keeps some kinda tension on the low E when you drop it down to D?

i've moved from my usual 110 string to a 135, which helps, but she's still a bit flabby. using s/steel strings normally.

tips/tricks anyone? bueller?
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Re: low string for drop-D tuning

Post by john » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:14 pm

Woah 135 :shock: . I have been using 105 nickels or 110 tapes on full scale and medium scale basses and don't find flab that much of a problem . I am tuned; D, G,C,F.
How do the 135 compare to 110?

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Re: low string for drop-D tuning

Post by model.citizen » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:33 pm

doh! sorry, meant 105 not 110.

135 doesn't seem to put any extra tension on the neck, sounds fuller and more even but still losing some of the "hit", esp. further up the fretboard. i actually ended up using the 135 as i had a couple of sets of Warwick 5's that i'd picked up when 4's were outta stock.

probably doesn't help that the Ricky has a slightly shorter scale than most.

maybe higher action could help, i do play my basses with the action so low that other players sometimes struggle with my axes.
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Re: low string for drop-D tuning

Post by john » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:51 pm

Yeah maybe it is your action. my fretted basses have highish action , fretless is low though

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Re: low string for drop-D tuning

Post by timi » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:58 pm

Are you stringing the bass in drop D and then leaving it, or are you constantly changing the low string between E and D?

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Re: low string for drop-D tuning

Post by model.citizen » Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:27 pm

all D all the time...
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Re: low string for drop-D tuning

Post by timi » Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:32 pm

Hmmm, was gonna say the constant changing will kill that string super fast but not in this case.

I used to play my Ric in full D, never really worked even with a 115 on the low end (and I didn't want to go thicker). We changed to E flat and it felt and sounded so much better, and now I'm back to E and it's even better.

Do you know how to properly setup the bass or have you had it set up by someone who does?

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Re: low string for drop-D tuning

Post by john » Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:58 pm

timi wrote: Do you know how to properly setup the bass or have you had it set up by someone who does?
Good point

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Re: low string for drop-D tuning

Post by timi » Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:17 am

My Ric is my one instrument that I won't fully setup myself due to not knowing enough about the dual truss rods. Not sure what city you are in, but do some research and try to find someone experienced with setting up Ric basses.

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Re: low string for drop-D tuning

Post by model.citizen » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:52 am

i've had mine setup by others before but i do it all now, got that pretty sussed. but even on setups done by others i've usually had to tweak things to get it to suit.

dual truss rods ain't so bad as long as you're careful and do lotsa eye checks as you go. never had a problem myself.
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Re: low string for drop-D tuning

Post by john » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:28 pm

Assuming you are right handed , Where is your right hand placed?
Maybe playing closer to the bridge would make a difference

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Re: low string for drop-D tuning

Post by model.citizen » Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:49 am

stuck right in front of the bridge pickup.

can't go any further back coz it's running a V63 horseshoe pickup so the hefty magnet is always there and in the way (tho is nice to anchor your palm or pinky on at times).
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