BEAD Setup

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BigDaddy
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BEAD Setup

Post by BigDaddy » 13 Dec 2017, 11:13

Hey All

I'm interested in setting up one of my P-basses in BEAD tuning.

I've read a bunch of different ways to go about it and then came across these strings from GHS http://www.ghsstrings.com/products/1971 ... ss-boomers

I've ordered a medium light set to give it a crack - hopefully with minimal change to the nut. I do all my own setups with good results so I was thinking this was a good way to dip my toe in the drop tuning setup world.

For those of you running basses in this tuning/setup, how do you prefer to go about it and why? ie string gauge/type

Cheers,

BD
Basses: Sandberg, Fender, SUB & Squier
Amps & Cabs: Ashdown, Ampeg, Tecamp & Aguilar

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Re: BEAD Setup

Post by BazzBass » 13 Dec 2017, 12:03

these sets sure make it an easier process,let us know how they sound
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Re: BEAD Setup

Post by narcdor » 13 Dec 2017, 12:50

I got a set of BEAD Kalium/Circle K on a P and they sounded great. You can have them if you like, I won't ever use them again, I've gone boring standard 4 string tuning for good.
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Re: BEAD Setup

Post by BigDaddy » 13 Dec 2017, 13:20

narcdor wrote:
13 Dec 2017, 12:50
I got a set of BEAD Kalium/Circle K on a P and they sounded great. You can have them if you like, I won't ever use them again, I've gone boring standard 4 string tuning for good.
Thanks mate - I'll go with what's on order, perhaps someone else could benefit from the Circle K's...Why did u revert to standard?
Basses: Sandberg, Fender, SUB & Squier
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Re: BEAD Setup

Post by narcdor » 13 Dec 2017, 13:58

Was just messing around with drop tunings, blame Nick Oliveri. I had some spare P basses lying around and experimented, I'm using all my basses at present and all my playing is on E standard so there endeth the experimentation.
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Re: BEAD Setup

Post by MrChameleon » 13 Dec 2017, 14:18

narcdor wrote:
13 Dec 2017, 13:58
Was just messing around with drop tunings, blame Nick Oliveri. I had some spare P basses lying around and experimented, I'm using all my basses at present and all my playing is on E standard so there endeth the experimentation.
I'm interested in BEAD tuning too.

Did you have to adjust/file the nut to accommodate the thicker strings?
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Re: BEAD Setup

Post by narcdor » 13 Dec 2017, 15:07

I don't recall doing that, maybe I lucked out with the P I tried it on and it already had a wider nut slot. I imagine on most you would have to with the thicker gauge.
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