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What gauge do you prefer??

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Gazwolf321, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Gazwolf321

    Gazwolf321

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    Simply what gauge do you prefer and what style do you play?
  2. Phalex

    Phalex Yeah, I've got the moves like Jagger. Supporting Member

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    I like a .105 E string, and a little heavier D & G I think the set I'm using now is .052 on the G.

    I guess I do a little of everything really. Classic rock, hard rock, blues, country, contemporary Christian.
  3. alembicguy

    alembicguy Lone Wolf Miner Supporting Member

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    40-100
    All styles
  4. EagleMoon

    EagleMoon Supporting Member

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    45-100 generally but sometimes go with 45-105. Rock mainly.
  5. Solarmist

    Solarmist Supporting Member

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    45105 w/130tw for B - D'Add Prosteels. I'm thinking of trying a custom set using 45/60/85/110tw/135tw for a more balanced set.
  6. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

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    Rounds: 45-105

    Flats: typically 45-105, but lately I have been on a light gauge kick. I'm in a rock/country/Americana originals band.
  7. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much Supporting Member

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    I'm still discovering. I had a few changes on my old 5er so I'm not sure I developed a preference. 45-100 on my 4 but I'd probably try a 45-105 next. My new 5er will have 45-130 when it arrives and I've got a balanced tension set on the way from Circle K to check out (41-57-76-102-136).
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    40-100, hair metal
  10. KeithKlaxwell

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    45 60 75 100, low tension. I think 75 is much better to balance with 100s than 80s. All styles.
  11. C.Linton

    C.Linton Supporting Member

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    Pretty much 45-105.
  12. Kmonk

    Kmonk

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    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Fender and Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    55-110, I play mostly rock but also some blues and country.
  13. WarrenD

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    45.65.80.105 Standard tuning

    50.70.85.110 D G C F

    60.75.95.125 C F Bb Eb

    Heavy metal, prog rock and English folk, mostly.
  14. Thomas Kievit

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

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    .045 - .065 - .085 - .110 - .140 Standard tuning (BEADG)

    Also, when I tune the Low B (.140) down to a Low A, the playability is still very good :)

    (progressive) symphonic metal and power metal is the kind of music I like to play :)
  15. MrLenny1

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    Medium, nickel rounds.
  16. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Supporting Member

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    Started off playing passive four-strings some 37 years ago, straight medium-gauge roundwounds (.105-.085-.065-.045). About 15 years ago, I switched to light gauge (.100-.080-.060-.040), which I played consistently until just about seven years ago or so. But as I began to notice that the "G" string and "D" string didn't have the strength or gravitas that I really needed, I switched it up again. Now I use medium lights: (.100-.080-.065-.045) on my four-strings. Much better.

    Within the past year or so, I've begun to play five-string bass guitars for the first time. Am still experimenting with the optimum gauge for each instrument, but thus far most of my five-strings (four of them) wear medium-gauge (.125-.105-.085-.065-.045) roundwounds, while the other two - my Carvin Bromberg 5s - wear light-gauge (.120-.100-.080-.060-.040) rounds. :meh:

    I'm functional in multiple genres, but mostly play modern rock.

    MM
  17. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

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    I find it all depends on the particular instrument. I play Fusion/Funk/Rock and i generally use very light E 90-95's (4 string) but my latest Marco Fender style Bass did not take well to 95's, the strings would bottom out when i got on them hard, even with the action highr, where as my Tomkins Fender style loved the light string with high action. After a few trial runs, i found the Marco likes 105's with medium height action best. I also have a Warwick Thumb, i put 95's on it, low action and i only have bottoming out issues at the upper register, so i will be raising the action until i find a good medium in upper and lower register.

    I used to use SS strings and found that it took them a cpl weeks to sound right, too bright out of the box, Nickel sounds good within a day or two and still has enough high end sparkle. Im told its easier on your frets, you can def feel the difference on your fingers.

    90 Elixer on the Tomkins P/J
    95 Elixer on the Warwick Thumb
    105 DR Sunbeam on the Marco P/J
  18. low2groove

    low2groove Tyranis 4 / Lower Groove Guitars Supporting Member

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    45, 65, 85, 105, 125
    DR HIGH BEAMS
  19. VSR

    VSR

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    45.65.80.100 works well for modern techniques (slap, tapping…)here and there while playing In a band context.
  20. BrentSimons

    BrentSimons Supporting Member

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    Rotosound Swing Bass 66's 45-105
    Daddario XL's 45-100
    DR Hi-Beams 45-105

    I like to play rock and progressive rock.
    Brent

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