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  • To BEAD or not to BEAD?

    That is the question.
    I'm seriously considering restringing my bass BEAD. I almost never use the G-string ([Bevis voice] huh huh, I said G-string[/Bevis voice]) and I think I'd wind up actually using all four strings on my bass if I did this. UNLESS the B turned out to be just mud. I'm playing through a GK 700RB into a 2X15 right now but I'll soon change to a GK SBX4X10 and then later add a SBX1X15 to that. So, will I get a clear clean growl, or mud?
    I was false metal when false metal wasn't cool.

    You, sir, are my new hero! - Mike Fitzwell

  • #2
    I strung my fretless P/J bass to BEAD because the G was losing momentum for some reason. I have never looked back.

    What kind of bass are you considering modding?
    BLACK RIPPER IS DEAD! LONG LIVE BLACK RIPPER!
    ALL HAIL THE NEW QUEEN - BLONDE RIPPER!
    Ricks are bipolar? - The Ox
    gawk; grep; unzip; touch; finger; mount; fsck; gasp; yes; umount; makeclean; sleep
    Your use of space, and avoiding the same old "hit it on the one" mentality brings a refreshing new sound to this. I sit back in awe of your intricate and unusual use of rests in this piece...BRAVO! - Lug

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    • #3
      this is something i have mulled over for some time..
      its a stop gap way to the 5'er school of playing...you learn the new positions but

      imho...you will MISS that top G and the lovely melodic notes above the octave

      my jump will be straight to a 5

      at least i will have the 4 comfort zones to play in until i get 'acclimatised' to that wobbly thumb rest and all its ....goodie low notes..

      just my..
      mrcrow

      This is the age of vast knowledge and lost wisdom......banta

      Light thickens, and the crow
      Makes wing to the rooky wood:
      Good things of day begin to droop, and drowze;
      While night's black agents to their preys do rouze..macbeth/w.s.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by The Aardvark
        That is the question.
        I'm seriously considering restringing my bass BEAD. I almost never use the G-string ([Bevis voice] huh huh, I said G-string[/Bevis voice]) and I think I'd wind up actually using all four strings on my bass if I did this. UNLESS the B turned out to be just mud. I'm playing through a GK 700RB into a 2X15 right now but I'll soon change to a GK SBX4X10 and then later add a SBX1X15 to that. So, will I get a clear clean growl, or mud?

        Buy a 5 stringer Aardvarken.
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        "When I punch you in the face it doesn't mean I don't like you!"

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        • #5
          What bass is it?

          I'm gonna guess that if you restring to BEAD, that you will stop using the D string, just like u stopped using the G.

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          • #6
            I'm playing a MIM Fender P bass tuned BEAD. It works well with my country band. I also have a 5 string that I play as well.
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            • #7
              mrcrow don't you play praise and worship?
              Is it traditional hymms?
              My 5 is an absolute must as was proven last night while working on/playing a new tune to me; Redeemer, Savior, Friend...thats one pretty song and using well placed crescendos in the deep end had me in goosebumps

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              • #8
                Upon second thought, I am going to switch back to heavy gauge EADG. Maybe I am missing something in one of our songs. I guess I can maybe add a little octave to compensate.

                Until I get a 5 at least.
                BLACK RIPPER IS DEAD! LONG LIVE BLACK RIPPER!
                ALL HAIL THE NEW QUEEN - BLONDE RIPPER!
                Ricks are bipolar? - The Ox
                gawk; grep; unzip; touch; finger; mount; fsck; gasp; yes; umount; makeclean; sleep
                Your use of space, and avoiding the same old "hit it on the one" mentality brings a refreshing new sound to this. I sit back in awe of your intricate and unusual use of rests in this piece...BRAVO! - Lug

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                • #9
                  I thought you never looked back....

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Fran da Man
                    mrcrow don't you play praise and worship?
                    Is it traditional hymms?
                    My 5 is an absolute must as was proven last night while working on/playing a new tune to me; Redeemer, Savior, Friend...thats one pretty song and using well placed crescendos in the deep end had me in goosebumps


                    yes old friend...i think i should be getting those low D's and C's...no to mention the B on some of our songs...
                    we dont do a lot of trad hymns but i do feel a fretted E at times would score better...
                    i use the top G more now to melodise some riffs and make them sort of impromptu figures..
                    this is ongoing and i feel now with our exchange i may be really ready for the 5 string
                    mrcrow

                    This is the age of vast knowledge and lost wisdom......banta

                    Light thickens, and the crow
                    Makes wing to the rooky wood:
                    Good things of day begin to droop, and drowze;
                    While night's black agents to their preys do rouze..macbeth/w.s.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mrcrow


                      yes old friend...i think i should be getting those low D's and C's...no to mention the B on some of our songs...
                      we dont do a lot of trad hymns but i do feel a fretted E at times would score better...
                      i use the top G more now to melodise some riffs and make them sort of impromptu figures..
                      this is ongoing and i feel now with our exchange i may be really ready for the 5 string
                      Good for you mrcrow, i hope a 5 will be a good fit for you. They're not for everybody though, takes some getting used to; i'll have to figure you've play a few here and there?
                      I'll send you a pm of some of our songs we do...most unfamilar folks can't believe it's PW.
                      I used to d/l alot of them on winmx but the RIAA shut it down.
                      I use verticalmusic.com to hear some.
                      By top G you mean G on the E?

                      edit: having those 5 extra notes plus a fretted E adds a whole new dimension to the bass and rythm end.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Fran da Man
                        I thought you never looked back....


                        True, I think that's because I just didn't think about it, until now
                        BLACK RIPPER IS DEAD! LONG LIVE BLACK RIPPER!
                        ALL HAIL THE NEW QUEEN - BLONDE RIPPER!
                        Ricks are bipolar? - The Ox
                        gawk; grep; unzip; touch; finger; mount; fsck; gasp; yes; umount; makeclean; sleep
                        Your use of space, and avoiding the same old "hit it on the one" mentality brings a refreshing new sound to this. I sit back in awe of your intricate and unusual use of rests in this piece...BRAVO! - Lug

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                        • #13
                          Right now I'm using a fretless Yamaha BB404F which is kind of a J-Bass knockoff. Although I'm planning on getting a Ric soon.
                          I was false metal when false metal wasn't cool.

                          You, sir, are my new hero! - Mike Fitzwell

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                          • #14
                            I say DO IT! I'm preparing to do it. I use my 5er all the time, but I just feel more comfortable with a 4 string. I don't use the G string, but use the low C and D constantly. I get too much in the guitar register and my sound gets lost when I play too much in the upper register. I'd like to do it to my old Peavey, but the neck is too narrow. I'll need to get an older P and J bass or go the SX route.
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                            • #15
                              I could never BEAD, I love that G string! Love it I say!
                              B-B-B-Bird Bird Bird, Yes The Bird's The Word!

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