What Gauge B String Do You Play?

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  1. rydin4lifebass

    rydin4lifebass

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    I'm just asking out of curiosity as I'm in the market for new strings. I tend to favor a .125 or .130 at most. I tried a .135 and even though I'm a bigger guy, it was way too much to fret for me.
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  4. esa372

    esa372 Supporting Member

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    I used to play a .125 or .128 taper on my Pentabuzz, but that was before I changed the tuning to E-C. :D
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  6. VeganThump

    VeganThump Supporting Member

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    .158 tuned to A. I play fingerstyle with a medium touch and I literally had absolutely no issue fretting that thick of a gauge. Oh and I use my B string a lot, particularly for low D-G notes, I hate using open strings.
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    Sav'nBass Supporting Member

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    kesslari every time I listen to your yt stuff I have to just smile and tap my feet..... :D:bassist:;)
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  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo I like turtles. Supporting Member

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    .135, but sometimes a .130. Anything less is flop city!
  11. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

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    .125 like how the bigger ones feel but don't think they sound as good. Tone wins.
  12. Jensby design

    Jensby design

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    :eyebrow: .118 so, Flop City, I guess :meh: ya learn something everyday :(
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  14. Jensby design

    Jensby design

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    oh now that's just ridiculous :rolleyes:
  15. mmbongo

    mmbongo I like turtles. Supporting Member

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    Personal preference of course, but it would be to me. A .118 B string is the equivalent of having an .85 E string. But again, personal preference.
  16. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum. Supporting Member

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    .130. It's the only option with Sunbeams.
  17. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

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    I use the .043 through .142 Circle K balanced tension set in standard tuning.

    That .142 seemed big at first, but it was easier than I expected to get used to it. The benefit of having even tension across the strings is well worth it. IMO, IME, YMMV.
  18. esoxhntr

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    .120

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  19. Jensby design

    Jensby design

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    More like .089 on that E-string :rolleyes: mine's a .090.
    It have a lot to do with the bass as well, you know that whole "Wood Doesn't Matter" thing :rolleyes: whaddya know, Rock Maple neck through with Ebony fingerboard and I can get a stable F# out of a .142 :rolleyes: go figure.
    Try that on one of my other basses then yeah, Flop City.
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