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Can you mix strings of different gauge sets on your bass guitar?

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February 01, 2009 11:45AM

Yes, I do it all the time. I can't quite set up my pickup to process the higher frequencies properly, so the low E string tends to dominate the amplification. I have even put a 5 string set low B where the low E usually goes. Don't worry about your neck, thicker strings actually have less tension. Kevlarster Almost every double bass has four strings.

But sometimes you will find a fifth lower string on a few double basses(this fifth string is much more common on bass guitars).

Instead of the fifth string most orchestral bassists opt to get what is called an extension. An extension is a piece of wood built onto the top of the bass and extends the length of the string another four notes lower. With a longer then normal fourth string you can now play almost as low as a five string bass.

Composers like these lower notes because they allow a bassist to play a full octave below the cello and it sounds cool too!