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40-105 vs 50-105 guage question

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by BassBlue, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. BassBlue

    BassBlue Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    Debating on using 50-105 versus 45-105 for brand new my Fender Jazz bass. I am thinking of stringing it with D'Addario NYXL strings. As a somewhat beginner to intermediate player, which one would benefit me more and why? Would it make any difference in playability or sound? I feel that 45 might be a little light for my liking but isn't easier to play on?

    In addition, I don't do much slapping so its not that important to me for it to be light.

    45-105 is stocked at every guitar store as opposed to 50-105, which in my area has to be ordered online.

    Any added benefits of playing one as opposed to other?
  2. GK Growl

    GK Growl Inactive

    Dec 31, 2011
    Just based on this, I would try the 105-45 set first to see if you are satisfied with what you feel and hear.
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  3. BassBlue

    BassBlue Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    That's a great advice. I will be trying these strings for the first time so you have a valid point.
  4. GK Growl

    GK Growl Inactive

    Dec 31, 2011
    The reason I feel this way is that for the NYXL sets you are looking at, the 105-45 set has less spread pound wise over all the strings. You will see people talk about balanced tension but that is not necessarily for everyone. Most of us old farts around here started back when balanced tension wasn't even a thing.
  5. BassBlue

    BassBlue Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    Ok. Understood.
  6. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Agree with GK.
    The NYXL's have become one of my favorite string sets.
    Incidentally, I am using the 50-105 set.
  7. BassBlue

    BassBlue Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    What is the reason you are using 50-105 set? Just wondering.

    Better yet, why do you prefer this gauge vs 45-105 :)
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2017
  8. Mechayoshi


    Dec 7, 2015
    Do 45-105. 40-105 never feels right to me and a .50 g string dosent appeal to me either.
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  9. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    If you prefer slapping, 45-65-85-105 is great. But, if for just finger style , i would suggest 45-65-80-100. I prefer better focus sound on 100E even little looser tension than 105E.

    As for 50-105, i think is more suit for flatwound string which you want get the D and G sound as thick as E and A.

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  10. ixlramp


    Jan 25, 2005
    Looking at the tensions, 45-105 is 'middle (A, D) heavy' while 50-105 tends to be 'top (D, G) heavy'.
  11. ubernator


    Oct 30, 2004
    lost angels
    45-105 all the way. The 50-70 top is very stiff.
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  12. Dp1363

    Dp1363 Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2011
    South Jersey US
    I just started using the NYXL strings and so far they are my favorite strings. They have beaten out the beloved Dunlop SB's. They stay in tune like they claim and sound great.

    I have the 45-105 which seems to be their standard set. Even though the Dand G are a lighter gauge. If anything you could try the 45-100 set if you wanted to change it up, but I would stick with the lighter D and G string. YMMV.
  13. rob_thebassman


    Jul 26, 2010
    Normanton, UK
    playing bass since 2005
    In a band with 2 loud guitarists and a loud drummer you need 45 or higher
  14. Pier_


    Dec 22, 2013
    Roma, Italia
    I'm fan of the 45-100 or 50-105 sets, and over the years I found out that I dislike 40-100/45-105/50-110 sets.

    depending on your needs about techniques, I'd suggest one of those sets, 45-100 or 50-105.

    if you want to slap and tap, choose the 45, or even better, a 40-95 set.

    if you are a heavy player and prefer fuller and bigger sounds, go for the 50-105.
  15. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK, Line6?
    I use the NYXL 50105 set, love it, I prefer heavier gauge D & G's, always have.
  16. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i played in several very loud bands using 40 - 90s, and everyone always heard me, no problem.
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  17. saltydude


    Aug 15, 2011
    boston CANADA
    I only use the heavier 50-105 sets on my basses tuned Eb. The 45-100 or 45-105 (depending on the manufacturer) sets on my basses tuned standard.
  18. BassBlue

    BassBlue Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    Thanks all for your feedback. I ordered 45-105 NYXLs as I want to be somewhat in the middle. I want to learn to slap and already play mostly finger style.

    We will see how I like these and its tension and then go from there, as suggested.
  19. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Do you like the stock Fender strings? They are .045-.105, and are made by D'Addario. I think Fender brand strings are good. My favorite D'Addarios are their EXL170BT (balanced tension) set. I have not played their NYXL's. The .050-.105 set just has a slightly heavier G & D: .050 & .070 vs .045 & .065.
    Break out your set of feeler gages and reference .005". Five thousandths of an inch is as thin if not thinner than your standard sheet of printer paper. Given an identical pair of Fender Jazz basses strung with the two sets in question, would you even be able to tell the difference if you didn't know it?
  20. jaymelewis


    Jan 6, 2010
    Fillmore, CA
    I play lighter gauge because I like how they pounce when I dig in. However, if I'm doing cover band gigs, or rock, or anything wear the bass needs to be really meaty, I like to have that 105 on bottom. I feel like it fills the room better :)
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