|Table of Solo Bass Gauges|
The "Solo Tuning" for the contrabass was adopted sometime in the 1800s to create a more transparent, brilliant tone with more projection for solo works. It involves tuning all of the strings up a whole-step, using thinner strings. The lighter strings are more responsive under the bow, and the tone's clarity carries better in a hall.
The solo gauges are assuming a pitch of a-440.
The bottom string is usually tuned to F#, although some players choose to leave it at the E pitch to extend the instrument's range. We offer a full range of strings for solo tuning. However, our Pistoy-style of gut does not respond well to this tuning, so that string style is available only for the third-string position.
The following strings are included in the standard set:
- a-1 - Lyon Gut
- e-2 - Lyon Gut
- B-3 - Gut/Silverplate
- F#-4 - Gut/Silverplate