Most common string gauge: 4-string, standard tuning

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by HereIGoAgain, Jan 26, 2013.


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What gauge of string do you play?

  1. Extra Lights (0.040-0.095)

    12 vote(s)
    8.1%
  2. Lights (0.045-0.100)

    34 vote(s)
    23.0%
  3. Regular/Medium (0.50-0.105)

    34 vote(s)
    23.0%
  4. Heavy (0.055-0.110 or larger)

    4 vote(s)
    2.7%
  5. Mixed set (0.045-0.105 or similar)

    52 vote(s)
    35.1%
  6. Other

    12 vote(s)
    8.1%
  1. HereIGoAgain

    HereIGoAgain

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    I'm curious as to the most common string gauge for 4-string bassists here on TB. I'm not looking to compare flats vs. half-rounds vs. round-wounds, nor am I looking at brand choices.

    Even if you don't reply, please vote in the poll. Thanks.
  2. darkstorm

    darkstorm

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  3. bassteban

    bassteban

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    I voted other- 40 60 80 100 for me
  4. HereIGoAgain

    HereIGoAgain

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    I do need to ask this.... Early results indicate the mixed sets are leading. :)

    I know with guitar that mixed sets like the 0.009-0.046 set that Jeff Beck prefers or the Ernie Ball "Skinny Top Heavy Bottom" 0.010-0.052 set give a player ability to do a lot of bends and fast lead riffs while giving some meat for driving rhythms. What benefit does a mixed set give a bass player?


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  5. BassKitty101

    BassKitty101

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    How are the extra lights guys? I use lights myself and have loved those over regulars but I've never gone lighter.
  6. rpsands

    rpsands

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    I use balanced sets from D'addario by picking out individual strings and calculating the tension.

    My current 36-33.5" fanned bass uses this set for ~28lbs of tension per string give or take.

    130, 90, 65, 50, 32

    On my CGDG tuned 34" scale bass, I use:
    125 80 50 40
  7. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar

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    Lights (0.045-0.100).

    D'addario EXL170 strings
  8. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Most popular based on sales...

    45-100
    45-105
  9. HereIGoAgain

    HereIGoAgain

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    So far it looks like SLaPiNFuNK's experience is replicating itself here. Mixed sets are in the lead with lights a close second. Heavies are bringing up the rear.

    I've got lights on my Jazz bass now, and I think I might go to .045-.105s next.
  10. Silver Blues

    Silver Blues

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    My favorite is the 40-95, with a 47-107 being on the other. (I'm erratic with gauges. :atoz:)

    --Silvie
  11. u84six

    u84six Supporting Member

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    I think bassist who go down the path of experimenting with different strings eventually go with a lighter gauge like .40 - .100. Reason being they're less tension, easier on the fingers, have a clearer tone, and can still get quite thumpy and bassy.
  12. WarrenD

    WarrenD

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    I clicked 'Other' as I use 50.70.85.110 for standard tuning. The sound is very heavy, the strings bite back as they're quite taut and 85 A has similar tension to 110 E. It's good for playing fast.

    I wouldn't mind using lighter strings, as they give a very nice, clear tone and sustain. But for now...
  13. HereIGoAgain

    HereIGoAgain

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    My G and D string notes usually cut through pretty well. My A and E string notes can get tubby/muddy/flabby when I really start digging in. I'm considering a mixed set of there's a chance it'll fix that.
  14. hasbeen

    hasbeen

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    .045 through .105 is going to be the largest market segment
  15. BobaFret

    BobaFret Supporting Member

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    ^ this
  16. klejst

    klejst

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    Been using D'Addario nickle wound regular lights (.45-.100) for years, love them!
  17. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    .45-.105 for me. Add a .125 for a low B
  18. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

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    45-105 on everything if I can. 45-100 chromes when I dont have a choice. Once my Pbass is done I'm going to try 50-110 again.
  19. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9 Supporting Member

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    Rounds 45 or 50 105
    Flats 40-95 for less tension
  20. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar

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    Out of curiosity, which name brand is the most popular based on sells - or is it all over the map?

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