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Unread 12-17-2011, 02:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Convert Electric Guitar To A 6 String Bass Guitar?

I have an Ibanez electric guitar that I set up as a Baritone guitar with the top E string tuned to a low A - guitar tuned to A instead of E.

I was wondering if I could actually put a set of Ernie Ball Slinky 6 string bass set of stings on it and tune it to be used as a short scale bass guitar?

This set of strings gauges are: .090 .074 .054 .042 .030 .020W

Now the low .090 string is actually smaller than a standard low E on a bass, as I am remembering them being at somewhere around .105??

A friend of mine hit me up to play bass for a project for a unspecified period of time - or maybe even for permanent. These guys have an incredible set list that seems like more fun than I have had in many years. And I have always loved playing bass anyway, as my ear and feel for that instrument is actually remarkable for being a lead guitarist all these years. My experience as a drummer in the past probably helps as well.


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I am wondering also, how a 6 string bass is actually configured on it's tuning? Are the added two strings from the standard 4 string config added as one above the low E and one below the bottom/smallest string G?
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Unread 12-17-2011, 02:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Convert Electric Guitar To A 6 String Bass Guitar?

I should add that I already have an older really nice Gretsch 4 string bass. But this idea on the 6 string bass is not that important as in needing it for this possible new band project.

My other issue is needing a bass speaker cab. I have some bass gear but it is buried in my storage unit. I was figuring I could use my early 70's Ampeg V4 head and either borrow a bass cab from a friend of mine or just pick up a bass cab for cheap.
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Re: Convert Electric Guitar To A 6 String Bass Guitar?

I think you should change a lot of parts, the bridge, frets, nut and tuners andmaybe even the pickups.
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Re: Convert Electric Guitar To A 6 String Bass Guitar?

the intonation would be way off,

the scale would be too short, wrong and frets in wrong place
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Re: Convert Electric Guitar To A 6 String Bass Guitar?

This guitar I am mentioning has already been adjusted on the saddles and intonation to accommodate baritone strings. The low A is aprox. .060, so yeah, I would have to adjust some more as this set has the low string at .090.

Anyone know how a 6 string bass in tuned/config on the strings?
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Re: Convert Electric Guitar To A 6 String Bass Guitar?

6 string bass adds a low B and a high C above the G conventionally.
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Re: Convert Electric Guitar To A 6 String Bass Guitar?

scale is way too short, by over four inches
strings will be way too floppy and the intonation will be shit
use a bass for bass.
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Re: Convert Electric Guitar To A 6 String Bass Guitar?

Short Scale bass or baritone guitar? - TalkBass Forums
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