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 Post subject: Half step tuning - Need some advice.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:32 am 
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Hello everybody,
I hope you've had good holidays so far!

Last week the recording process for my band's 2nd album began.
Our first album was recorded in standard tuning, however this one is half step down.

Live, we will also play tuned half step down, which means I'd have to downtune every time I play with my band, however I would like to keep my bass in standard tuning when I'm not playing with the band, because I also play in a jazz combo and sometimes other people call me to do fill in jobs with their bands.

Would the constant tuning change affect the neck in a bad way? I suppose I would have do a setup check more often, am I right?

Thanks in advance,
Iván

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 Post subject: Re: Half step tuning - Need some advice.
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I used to have to change tunings often and there was no problem, so you don't have to worry your bass will be fine.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:36 pm 
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thanks! It's good to know that :)

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I went back and forth with no problem. After a while I got so used to the half step down that I set up my basses for the looser feel. I got used to playing a 1/2 step up to play with people who are tuned standard.

It gets a bit trickier if you are reading and playing with a group in standard tuning.

At most, a small adjustment on the truss rod should do it.


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 Post subject: Re: Half step tuning - Need some advice.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:29 pm 
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I've tuned my bass guitars down 1/2 step for quite some time. The fact that your Dingwall has a very rigid/stable neck and relatively even string tension works in your favour. For live playing you're probably good to go just tuning on the fly to either situation. In terms of recording and/or really getting the best/most out of any bass I've found it's best to set the bass-up correctly for whichever tuning is desired. I've found this to be particularly true for basses with a low B(or Bb or whatever).


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 Post subject: Re: Half step tuning - Need some advice.
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Thanks you guys!

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Iv@N wrote:
Would the constant tuning change affect the neck in a bad way? I suppose I would have do a setup check more often, am I right?

Thanks in advance,
Iván



No, I don't think so. I rarely have to adjust my Dingwalls in any way. They are the most stable-tuning basses I've owned.

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Sounds like a solid reason to own a second Dingwal!!

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dfries wrote:
Sounds like a solid reason to own a second Dingwal!!


It sure does! haha. Hopefully, I'll be able to put an order on a Z3 in a couple of years :)

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