What gauge do you prefer??

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

  1. Gazwolf321


    Jan 8, 2013
    Simply what gauge do you prefer and what style do you play?
  2. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    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

    Jan 28, 2007
  4. EagleMoon


    Jul 13, 2007
    Wexford, PA
    45-100 generally but sometimes go with 45-105. Rock mainly.
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  6. 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.
  7. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    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.
  8. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    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).
  9. miiitch


    Nov 27, 2011
  10. bootsox


    Apr 28, 2012
    Biloxi, MS
    40-100, hair metal
  11. 45 60 75 100, low tension. I think 75 is much better to balance with 100s than 80s. All styles.
  12. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2010
    Chester, Pa.,USA
    Pretty much 45-105.
  13. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    55-110, I play mostly rock but also some blues and country.
  14. Standard tuning D G C F C F Bb Eb

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

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

    .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 :)
  16. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Medium, nickel rounds.
  17. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    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.

  18. RedMoses


    Jul 4, 2012
    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
  19. low2groove

    low2groove Tyranis 4 / Lower Groove Guitars

    Jan 21, 2007
    45, 65, 85, 105, 125
  20. VSR


    Mar 22, 2009 works well for modern techniques (slap, tapping…)here and there while playing In a band context.
  21. BrentSimons

    BrentSimons Supporting Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    Vergennes,VT USA
    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.