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TB2000 tuned in BEAD ?


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HolyGrail

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PostPosted: 05/26/2012 at 8:02 AM    Post subject: TB2000 tuned in BEAD ? link

Hi,

First post here so let's introduce a bit. I'm a bass player from France actually playing a vintage warwick thumb BO and analog synth in a band that could be describe like doom orchestral horror rock haha just kidding.

Well i fall in love for travis bean work and instruments when i saw some pple on stage using it. And a lot more when i heard them playing the instrument. I'm actually playing a 6 string bass which is a lot more than i need so i'm considering moving backward to 4 string but keeping only the low.

I was wondering if any of you tried to put BEAD string on a TB2000 and how it handle it ? I think it's a short neck scale so i'm wondering if the B would sound massive low from catacomb or just sucks and forget about spending 3,0000$+ bucks in a bass that would suit more someone tune in EADG. Actually i'm not speaking about detuning but really put BEAD strings on the bass.

Regards.
And thanks for that support to travis bean works, it's amazing.

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soarshoulder

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PostPosted: 06/02/2012 at 3:14 PM    Post subject: RE:TB2000 tuned in BEAD ? link

The one problem I would guess is that many of the TB basses I have seen have little or no neck relief. This was really an issue for me with tuning (.65 - .115) strings to A# standard as they would fret out quite a bit.

If you do as I think you are saying, like going with the bottom 4 of a set of 5, then you might not have that problem but you may need to have the nut re-cut for those strings which can be difficult as many guitar shops (at least around here) are reluctant or unwilling to touch a metal nut with their precious fret files. Maybe you will have better luck with that in France?

I was not super jazzed about the tone either, but that's totally a subjective thing. For me, it was always a bit grindy and jagged sounding, some of which I'm sure was caused by the strings fretting out, but it was also present in standard tuning.
In that same price range, I would consider contacting Kevin at Electrical Guitar Company as he can make something to suit your specific requests, and in my opinion every one of his basses I have picked up far outshines any TB2000 I have played.

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Heyman

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PostPosted: 06/26/2012 at 2:13 PM    Post subject: RE:TB2000 tuned in BEAD ? link

I have my TB2000 tuned i BEAD and personally I think it works great with 45-110 strings.
Except from my Bean I play on Ricks and then I uses 45-105 strings. I always hear comments about using thick strings and that it's impossible to tune down to B without using thicker strings when tuning down but it have been working for me for the last 25 years.

You get a really thick low bass but still breaks through really nice in the mid since it's a Bean. I really like the feeling of the Ricks but they sounds like a baby compared to the Bean and the Ricks gets lesser and lesser time.


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