E and A strings too low tension
I have gauge 45-100 nickel lo rider strings on my bass, and I have had strings with this gauge all the time on it. The last couple of months I do feel the string tension has become a bit too low for what I like, on the E and A string. I also feel I cant go as low with the action as I want too. But I have not done anything with the action so maybe the neck has become too straight..I guy at a local guitar store said the neck was perfect or almost perfect, and he would not touch it. But I did say to him I like the neck to be straight so maybe that was the reason (Should not have done that maybe).
Anyway, I realise I will have to do something, should I just go up in string gauge or tweak the truss rod a bit? The reason I ask is because the truss rod adjustment screw is on the heel of the neck and is not exactly easily accessed, never done it. I also do like how the strings have mellowed and sounds so I am not sure I want to change them.
It has to be the neck then?
Try the D'Addario 45-107 balanced tension set. Yes, you may have to tweak the truss rod, but you'd have to do that anyway.
Most manufacturers do specify a little bit of relief on the neck, instead of perfectly straight (Rickenbacker being the only exception I am aware of) in order to give the E string the excursion it requires. So just that minor amount of added tension probably will give the neck exactly the relief required to make sure you don't have any fret buzzes, and you will be able to "dig in" a little more that way.
There were some unused sets for sale in the "For Sale Accessories" sub forum....
If you look at tension charts you can see 100 80 65 45 has extremely unbalanced tension. You could try a balanced tension set from Circle K Strings or D'Addario or build your own form singles using a tension chart. Most importantly i encourage you to experiment with single strings by trial and error to find your ideal set of gauges.
Ok, thanks for both answers..I do like the nickel lo riders very much in both sound and feel, so I want to continue using these strings, but I think I will have to try out the 85-105 gauge on the A and E string then, to se if that will give me the tension and balance I am comfortable with on this setup. I will probably leave the truss rod as it is for now then, and tweak it if nessesary after I have put on a new gauge of strings.
If I am not happy after that, I will try out some of the strings you suggested.
You might like 110 85 65 45, that will bring the E up to the tension of the A and D.
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