String Gauges

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by mesaphlin, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. mesaphlin


    Apr 6, 2011
    Hello everyone,

    I have a general question about gauges on bass strings...

    I have a 34" scale length bass so I am using 34" scale length gauge bass strings... The thing is I am mostly playing with half step or whole step down tunings. So should I still stick with 34" scale length gauge or 36" scale length gauge in order to half step or whole step down tunings which I am afraid if I use too much tension on the strings and break'em after I playing with the strings up and down half and whole step... I hope I make myself clear...

  2. Frenchy-Lefty


    Sep 8, 2009
    You made yourself clear but "scale" is the length between the bridge and the nut so it does not change if you tune down. Long scale (34") it will be regardless.
    You should in other hand use some bigger gauge (=diameter) strings to avoid the "floppy string" syndrome when tuning down. Use 105/50 or 110-50 gauge which should have pretty much the same tension on the neck as a 105/45 set tuned EADG.
  3. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    You actually may thoroughly enjoy the existing strings after detuning. It's awesome IMO to keep the gauge the same.
  4. mesaphlin


    Apr 6, 2011
    I have searched the net ( -

    There is no 105/50 or 110/50 gauge Thomastik Infeld flatwounds.

    Any other place where I could find those exact gauges?

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  6. Frenchy-Lefty


    Sep 8, 2009
    Yes TI flats come in only one size. They are already pretty flabby in standard tuning and would certainly not work tuned down.
    Look into another brand of strings. I recommend the Labella's.
  7. soulman969


    Oct 6, 2011
  8. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Supporting Member

    May 19, 2012
    It's not about scale, but about thickness.

    If you have some thicker gauges, then it will be fine when downtuning ;)

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