.065 - .145 on a 5 String - Standard Tuning

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  1. Angel Switch

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    If I understand the physics of neck tension correctly, I know this would damage the neck, but I figure it'd be worth asking you guys to be sure: using a .145 for standard tuning on a 5 string is a bad idea, right?
     
  2. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Supporting Member

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    .145 is heavy for a "B" string, but within the realm of normal usage. .65 for a "G" string is way too heavy; considered medium gauge for a "D" string.

    I just don't see the point... :rollno:

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    +1

    Typically gauges are .45-.125 or so. But if you are using a drop tuning you might be okay.
     
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    I guess it all depends on what tension those strings will be. If you get low tension strings, those should be fine...but I don't even think Circle K makes a set that would look like that!

    .145 is HUGE for a B, as is the .065 for a G...under standard tension ratings. I'd suggest a .050-.135 set, if you want added tension without going overboard.

    .125 is good for a 35" scale, but most 34" scale seem to be .130-.135
     
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    notice I said or so. :D I use .130-.135 on all my basses regardless of scale. Lately, I've been using SIT 50-130 and they seem to have a lot more tension on my 34" scale basses. There is a long thread here on TB about string gauge and scale length some place. Gotta search it up.
     
  7. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Supporting Member

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    There are probably several of 'em . At least... :meh:

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    065 - .145 on a 5 String - Standard Tuning

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    I am switching all of my 5 string basses over to D'Addario Super Light gauge 40 - 60 - 75 - 95 - 125. It really brings out the mids on my 5 string basses and it helps eliminate the Boomy B syndrome, and the basses are easier to play and the light strings are easy on the neck. I have Ricks, Stingrays, Fenderbirds, p-basses, jazz basses and SG basses. They all sound better with lighter strings.
     
  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    A .145 really is not huge for a B string. To put it in perspective, a .145 B string is the equivalent of a .105 E string. A .125 B string is like a .090 E string. Tiny and floppy :)

    A .065 G string would probably break way before you got it up to a G. I would consider a .050 massively huge G string and would be similar to a .120 E string. A 65-145 set would not be good for your neck.
     
  10. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    Around .045 would be better, I agree :)

    @ OP : Well I don't think it can hurt that much. I used a .140 low B for a while on a 5 stringer and nothing bad happened, so I don't think a .145 low B will harm the neck of the bass.

    Just give it a go :)

     
  11. Marcus Willett

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    Pretty much. The standard formula (according to a long conversation I had with the late Bill Lawrence) should be for each successive increase (e.g. going from G to D) to multiply the diameter by 1.33.

    So really, a set of 45s should be about

    45/60/80/105/140 (some numbers rounded off)
     

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