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Although the general principles are pretty much the same (set the relief of the neck, set the action of the strings, adjust the intonation, etc.), the short answer to your question is to set it up the best you can and learn to play the low B with a lighter touch. The longer answer involves scale length and string tension. What Is Scale Length? The scale ...
If, by soft, you mean less bright, then flat wound strings might be for you. I'd recommend Thomastik Jazz Flats, a little expensive, but they last a very long time. They sound wonderful, with a kind of throaty, singing voice, with just the right amount of thump, and more sustain than any other brand I tried. They made my cheap accoustic fretless bass sound ...
I'm going to provide the same answer as I did for the Guitar version of this question, since the book covers bass setup too. It is difficult to provide a concise answer on this subject, so I'd highly recommend checking out this book by Dan Erlewine: How to Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great Second edition First edition
As a general answer, and as a Fender player, I go to Fender site for the whole details on how to set up an instrument. http://www.fender.com/support/articles/bass-guitar-setup-guide/
Depends what you want; for the real heavy stuff you could drop DEADG down a full tone to CDGCF. Or you could tune it to a chord like E major perhaps [E B E G# B], or flatten the third(G#) to make it an E minor [E B E G B]. You can tune to pretty much any chord which takes your fancy; however bear in mind that tuning to a chord may restrict your options ...
To be perfectly honest, I wouldn't recommend this at all! Get it professionally done, as you have stated you could ruin the bridge that could create noise. I had a bass that was perfectly normal (2nd hand bass) but had the bridge filed down for lower action. Unfortunately it created a buzzing that drove me to just getting a new bass.
There are machine heads on the market that look like they'll match yours. The problem may be the space between the A and B string machine heads. Best is to contact the manufacturers of both the heads and the bass, and ask the question there.
I had the same problem. I have a 2011 Fender American Deluxe Jazz V. I went to change the stock strings for a set of flat wounds. The B string is a 0.132, which is a big fat string. I can string through the body or through the bridge. Either way the wrapped end with the ball would not fit through either way leaving about an inch to go to get the ball at the ...
actually i would so recommend using BEADG it will even suites when rehearsing with the band, or playing over with a song you want to practice, what type of music do you listen to?
I just treat the five-string like a 6-string missing the high E. It's a lot easier than trying to figure out what notes to play on the B and makes for some super heavy sounding drop-D notes. Tune it in EADGB and either play standard or drop the D. Unlike the person who took the actual heavier string and put it in the 5th string position, just tune it like a ...
Five string double basses in symphony orchestras sometimes are tuned CEADG, with the idea that the lowest C corresponds to an octave below the celli's lowest note. However I beleive this is 'old school' and most players today use the BEADG tuning. (Some four string symphony orchestra double basses has a 'drop-C' neck extension feature on the E string.) (...
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