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Your got-to gauge, and why?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Vcell, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Vcell

    Vcell

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    What's the gauge that really does the job for you, and why? How many years before you just "knew." Do you use a different gauge for flats vs. round?
  2. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom Supporting Member

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    You know, I've been wrestling with this lately because for years I"ve used medium gauge (typically GHS Boomer rounds on some basses, flats on others). Lately, though, due to a change of the type of music I've been playing, I'm wanting to try heavy gauge strings, so that my G is not so "twangy". I'd like it to have a deeper, heavier sound that I can't seem to get simply through adjusting my eq.

    I'm also wanting to change to heavy gauge on my 8 string bass, with heavier octave strings as well, for the same reason.

    What I don't want, however, is my E an A string to feel too big, unruly and/or uncomfortable. I have a concern (fear?) that they may feel too thick.

    What I may end up doing is simply putting a heavier gauge G string on my basses while keeping medium gauge for all the others.

    To answer your second question, I use the same gauge for rounds and flats.
  3. cnltb

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    On my 5 string it's 46-126...at the moment.
    It's not the be all and end all however.
  4. Savage_Dreams

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    custom gauge set. 115, 90, 65, 45
    for me its the most balanced set there can be. i like a tight E string, no loose floppy crap for me. even with the 115 im only tuned down a half step, and occasionally drop D
  5. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

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    I've figured out that it depends largely on the strings in question, but there's no definitive gauge for me. I like TI's which are very light and I like Labella DTF 45-105 which are not. Rounds are a little different and I'll usually go for a 45-100, but that isn't set in stone either. Pretty much any string I can set up with low action and very little buzzing on my P bass is the "right" string. Currently that's a 45-105 set of Labella Deep Talkin.
  6. knuckle_head

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    The moment I had more than one bass I had to ditch the notion of a go-to . . . at least as a universal standard for multiple instruments. Each bass has its own wants and desires. Took me a while to come to that.
  7. Vcell

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    I always always always used GHS Boomers .45. I recently put on some Cobalts, but they are so present that I upped to .50 to maintain the deepness.

    Now I am ready to put flats on my Aria ProII with passive split coil. And just don't know what gauge. So I guess I start with .45s and test from there.
  8. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

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    Yep. Some basses like different strings indeed.
  9. CnB77

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    In my experience heavier strings are twangier
  10. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom Supporting Member

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    Really?!?! I'm not knocking what you're saying, but it sounds counter intuitive. I assumed a thicker gauge string would sound "heavier", if that makes sense.
  11. C.Linton

    C.Linton Supporting Member

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    Generally 45-100 or 105. It just feels right.
  12. jacojbass

    jacojbass Supporting Member

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    Ok, for my go to bass, balanced tension Daddario 130 - 40. I find every bass has different needs string wise.
  13. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    I have liked Labella Deep Talkin' Flats in light gauge .043-.104 on every bass I've played. It didn't take that long for me to try them and decide I liked them. GHS flats and Chromes are OK with me, too.
  14. Jensby design

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    Very true.I have one bass that plays and sounds way better with low tension strings (35lbs-20lbs), and one that plays and sound better with higher tension strings (45+lbs).
    I built both of those basses and used very different materials.
  15. billgwx

    billgwx Supporting Member

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    I use 45-105's these days. I have gone heavier on the P-bass with 55-105 rounds. Think I might go lighter with rounds on my J in the future...40-100 or 40-95.
  16. AdamR

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    45-100 for me, tuned Eb
  17. Itzayana

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    50-65-85-100 SS flats.
  18. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Gold Supporting Member

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    ........and a brand also. I have tried them all, but I keep coming back to D'Addario XL Nickel Mediums. I have bought and played much more expensive strings. I even have a deal with one company that allows me to get strings MUCH cheaper than I can get these. (Kind of a partial endorsement I guess?) But as soon as a put a set of something else on my basses I can't wait to get some XL Nickels back on it. I can live with regular lights, but prefer the mediums. (Full disclosure:I'm a bit heavy-handed)
    http://www.daddario.com/DADProductD...und_5_String_Bass__Medium__50_135__Long_Scale
  19. prokfrog

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    45;65;80;100;125 Feels right and sounds the most balanced to me
  20. NecroticImbecil

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    I never calculated the perfect set. I tend to average around 90 for a 4 string, having used 85 and 95. Prefer SS rounds. I find the thinner strings easier to play and easier on necks. I really got into them after I bought my first 8 string. It came strung with the cables you see holding up bridges, and the neck looked like you could actually shoot arrows with it. After that, I got used to them. Thick strings feel clumsy and hard to work with.

    I do make an exception for my 5 string, I downtune and use the thickest strings I can find that will fit. With the lower tension they are manageable and as a bonus provide some nice string rattle.

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