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Low F#

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by TBAR Shane, Feb 2, 2013.


  1. TBAR Shane

    TBAR Shane

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    I'm considering dropping the high C from my 6 string, in exchange for a low F#. I'm wondering if anybody has some reccomendations for who to go with for a decent F# string.
     
  2. Thomas Kievit

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

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  3. ruins

    ruins

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    there are some (few) options around but your best bet is, Circle K strings.

    another thing is that for this thick strings in almost certain that you will have to modify your nut for the string to fit in and also possibly (but not necessarily)the hole in your tuner too.


    looks like Mr_Music90 was faster to mention them :)
     
  4. Thomas Kievit

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

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    Basicly those are the only 2 I know :p Not so well known with company's that make F# strings.
     
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  6. ruins

    ruins

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    neither do i but here is another option:
    Warwick Black Label Stainless Steel Dark Lord
     
  7. Thomas Kievit

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

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    Ah yes, that was the custom 4 stringer tuned F# B E A :p Could work as well, then you have to buy 2 single strings extra..
     
  8. TBAR Shane

    TBAR Shane

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    Thanks for the pointers everybody. Hopefully I won't need to modify anything for it to fit.
     
  9. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 EBMM Nut Supporting Member

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    I'm almost certain you'll have to modify the nut on it. The F# will be one fat string!
     
  10. knumbskull

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    You'll need to file your nut a bit otherwise the strings will be sat there on top like your mum trying to fit into a bucket seat.
     
  11. Thomas Kievit

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

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    Most F# strings have a gauge of .175 so I'm pretty sure you have to modify the nut ;) Also, if you get thicker gauges for the other strings (for example, the E string is a .105 and it gets fitted with a Low B with a string gauge that's .130), you have to modify those parts of the nut too.
     
  12. TBAR Shane

    TBAR Shane

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    So I've tried moving all of the strings down a spot to test, and they all fit withing their new slots. So I'm remaining optimistic that this pattern will repeat for the F#. If not I'll do what I have to.
     
  13. Thomas Kievit

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

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    Fitting isn't the problem, the height of the strings mostly is ;) It should be close to the fretboard.
     
  14. TBAR Shane

    TBAR Shane

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    That's what I mean by fitting lol. they're fitting within the slots, and sitting where they should.
    I should note that this is a Warwick. So I can adjust the height of the just-a-nut. So far I haven't had to, though I can see how that may change with the added tension of the F# string.
     
  15. ruins

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    pics and video clips once you are done please :)
     
  16. GODSBASSMAN

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    Another option for stainless steel strings is Rotosound drop zone strings. .02 :O)
     
  17. ixlramp

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    Warwick 2 piece bridge? You might have trouble with Circle Ks as they have a short taper of 1.625" http://circlekstrings.com/CKSIMAGES/CircleKspecs.pdf. However some people are using CKs on 2 piece bridge Warwicks, i don't know how they made them work. A shame for you since i consider them the best subcontra strings available. Another option is SIT / Snakeskins from Conklin http://www.conklinguitars.com/bass_strings.html, these probably have a longer exposed core which should work well with a Warwick 2 piece bridge (but contact them to check). You want the .165 for F# the .150 will be too loose.
     
  18. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

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    Going from B-C to F#-G should with a .175 F# string should result in very little tension changes on the neck. Maybe even slightly less tension.
     
  19. Thomas Kievit

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

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    Yeah, sure thing! :p I think you should get atleast .165 for a F# string, although I recommend .175
     
  20. WarwickOfficial

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    The Warwick F# string is a .175 gauge, and works very well. It is what we recommend for our basses with the low F#. Thanks!
     
  21. TBAR Shane

    TBAR Shane

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    Thanks. I was concerned about the tapering at the bridge. I've had bad experiences with D'iadarrio not tapering their B strings at the bridge, and it's a pain to keep them in place.
     

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