will 55-110 gauge work for standard tuning?

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  1. Pickftw

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    i currently have 45-105 gauge on my fender p bass and iv been doing a lot of drop d and d standard stuff and the strings are playable but still a little floppy. i wanted to get some 55-110 so i could get a higher tension with d tunings but idk if that will be to high of a tension for standard e tuning. so any thoughts guys?
  2. knuckle_head

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    The .055 at G is gonna be 65 pounds or so - if you can get a .050 you'll like it better
  3. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Supporting Member

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    Man, that's heavy! :eek:

    My hands are cramping up, just thinking about it...

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  4. MagicMan_841

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    I tried 49-109 and it was tight. I liked it, but YMMV.

    Try it and see for yourself. I guess if you want to have dropped and standard tuning on the same 4-string bass, you'll have to compromise somewhere.
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  6. TDSLaBassiste

    TDSLaBassiste Supporting Member

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  7. bassburner

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    Agreed. That's what I use with my Hipshot and the D doesn't get floppy but you don't lose the lightness of the other strings.
  8. crack-boom

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    Go for it! That's my go to for standard E, love the low action and heavier gauge strings. Just feels so nice!
  9. SasquatchDude

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    :bassist: Sure worked for Jamerson.
  10. billgwx

    billgwx Supporting Member

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    My P bass recently had 55-110 rounds in standard E tuning. I had to adjust the truss rod slightly to dial out excessive neck relief, otherwise no problem. Mileage will likely vary for 55-110 flats which should have even higher tension.
  11. icecycle66

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    You may need to pay attention to you neck bow once they are on.

    You have some nice strong/thick/fat/ highs on that beast.
  12. SquierJazz72

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    I'm using Rotosound Swing 66LE SS that run close to that at 50-70-85-110 and they work fine for me for both tunings.
  13. WarrenD

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    I have Rotosound SB '66 on a Warwick Streamer Standard. Gauge .50.70.85.110.

    This works very well with the action set quite low.

    I was tempted to try 55-110 but the nut slots on this bass are too narrow for 55 G and 75 D and I don't want to file the nut.

    So long as the nut can hold .55.75.90.110 you can set the bass up so it works nicely.
  14. darkstorm

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    If you like high tension and such for feel and sound it could work.
  15. hoketus

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    I find it quite uncomfortable. The tension is just too high. I'd recommend instead that you purchase a separate .110 for the low D.

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