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    Default Another String question... 5 string set on a 4 string?

    So...I have a 4 string I tune to Eb (Down 1/2 step)

    I have a couple of 5 string string sets....EB regular Slinky - 45, 65, 80, 100, 130

    What strings would you use for an Eb tuning? Might occasionally tune down to drop D or even a low C#.

    Which four of the five would you use?
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    Default Re: Another String question... 5 string set on a 4 string?

    130 is too big for Eb, IMO. But I understand if 100 is too small for D and C#. Somewhere around 45/65/85/110 is my preference, in other words Hybrid Slinky with a 110 "E".
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    Default Re: Another String question... 5 string set on a 4 string?

    Does such a thing exist???
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    Default Re: Another String question... 5 string set on a 4 string?

    Unfortunately it's buying another E string. Sucks. Thankfully I change bass strings once every two years or so.

    Of course www.stringjoy.com exists now, haven't tried it yet.
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    Default Re: Another String question... 5 string set on a 4 string?

    What are you looking for out of the strings? Are you going to do a lot of work on the 1 and 2 like Billy Sheehan or Steve Harris? If so, you might want the 45 and 65 for those.

    For the 3rd, that could easily go 80 or 100, depending on what you're doing on the 1 and 2, and how/if you integrate the 3rd into that.

    For the 4th, for maximum flexibility, I'd say the 130 but tune it only to the lowest open note you will go to, and then transpose for the song in question. When you need that open C#, it's there. WHen you don't, move up the neck. Chords and scalar patterns might involve a bit more stretching, however.

    As an added bonus, you (and you alone) would have the option of dropping to a lower D while everyone else is in standard, so you can really fatten things up, or do the intro to Judas Priest's 'Love Bites' accurately.
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    Default Re: Another String question... 5 string set on a 4 string?

    Dunlop makes a 50-110 set that would work for Eb-D standard. Anything lower and I'd go with a 55-115 set.
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    Default Re: Another String question... 5 string set on a 4 string?

    I like 45-105 in Eb. IMO 130 is waaaaay too heavy.
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    Default Re: Another String question... 5 string set on a 4 string?

    The c# only gets used for Def Leppard. And usually not this bass, and not me.

    I don't like the 130 string. I'm a guitar player - this is my bass in Eb. Actually have another tuned to E that I would more likely tune down....

    Yeah - regular set on this me thinks.
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    Default Re: Another String question... 5 string set on a 4 string?

    I saw a thing recently with Bryan Beller where he did exactly what you mentioned. The only thing is he tuned down to C (which makes sense) and I'm guessing a nut filing is in order.

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