Upper register/positions intonation
I've been using DR Fat-Beams for a while now, and just love the tone and feel of these strings.
Some things I've been working on lately, however, are in the upper positions, where these strings don't seem to have as much clarity and accuracy as I would like. Mostly the lower strings.
These are with a .130 B, and I wonder if the lighter strings would be better in this regard.
Any recommendations for strings with a balanced all around tone, but with good intonation and clarity above 12th fret?
Light vs Heavy gauge?
d'Addario XL nickels? Balanced?
How about Sadowsky Blue stainless?
I can't speak to intonation, but I do find that -- on the average -- the thinner the string the better it sounds above the 12th fret, if you are someone (like me) that prefers clarity rather than a "fat" tone.
Edit: While I don't play 5-string often, as I general matter I find GHS Bass Boomers in lighter gauges to place nice about the 12th fret. You also might want to try DR Lo-Riders since they are higher tension, which might allow you to use lighter strings.
The more mass to a string, the lesser it will want to vibrate in partials, and due to the physics explanation being beyond the bandwidth of the forum, suffice to say that the overtones will want to be ever increasingly sharp compared to the fundamental. These two aspects are what the ear perceives as lack of clarity on thicker strings higher on the fretboard.
^^^ not gonna dig that far, but that's what it sounds like IME.
Yes the physics proves out... mostly sharp. (it always does, of course, but some things don't show themselves so conveniently)
Maybe a lighter gauge, but a move to hex core to possibly retain a similar feel of stiffness.
maybe buy a couple singles of the fatbeams, like a 125 and 120. swap'em out and see which one feels and sounds best to you. lightening up on the E-G from 45-105 to 40-100 would better match a 125/120 B as well, IMHO/IME.
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