Answering a question about alternate tuning today got me thinking about Nashville Tuning and that this is basically the exact same concept used by Stanley Clarke (and apparently Ron Carter) to "invent" the Piccolo Bass.

This article attributes the invention to Ray Edenton; its reference to this article seems to imply the same... The wiki for Nashville Tuning and Ray Edenton do not reference this at all (I realize that Wikipedia does not always contain the most accurate or complete information) and the web doesn't turn up a lot of results otherwise.

Did he "invent" this method of adding thinner strings to an instrument in order to allow tuning to higher pitches? Does this method have roots even further back in time and potentially on other instruments?


I am familiar with 'Nashville Strung' or 'High Strung' guitar situations, but not Nashville tuning.

In Nashville Strung, a standard six-string guitar is strung with the typical three light-guage (un-wound) on the bottom three strings, and the three upper (normally wound, heavier strings) are replaced with the same three light-gauge strings.

This creates a shimmering, sparkly sound that adds an interesting layer over the other typically-strung guitars in the recording.

I first heard about it in the late 1970's.

  • Yes, those phrases all refer to Nashville Tuning... There is plenty of info about the concept itself out there on the web. I'm wondering who actually 'invented' it and when. And, if it's something that has roots even further back than last century – Tim Burnett - Bassist Nov 22 at 9:41

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