Bass guitar tuning

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Each bass guitar tuning assigns pitches to the strings of an electric bass. Because pitches are associated with notes, bass-guitar tunings assign open notes to open strings.

Standard & Other Tunings[edit]

Most bass guitars have four strings, which are tuned one octave lower than the lowest pitched four strings of an electric guitar. Thus, the bass guitar's standard tuning is E, A, D, G using the equal temperament tuning method and standard pitch. Tuning a bass in perfect fifths will render a flat octave as used in Pythagorean tuning, so it is encouraged to match each open string on the bass guitar to these pitches as precisely as possible.[1]

4 String 4 String


5 String 5 String


6 String Note Frequency 4 String Notes


Alternative 4 String Tunings
1 1 1 C3 130.813 Hz (String order for Alternative lowest to highest) (See directly below table for tuning names)
1 2 1 2 2 G2 97.999 Hz E Eb, D, C
2 3 2 3 3 D2 73.416 Hz A Ab, A, G
3 4 3 4 4 A1 55 Hz D Db, D, C
4 4 5 5 E1 41.204 Hz G Gb, G, F
5 6 B0 30.868 Hz

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Frequencies, Contrabass Mania, retrieved 2010-08-23