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A custom String set for C G C F A tuning

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by McCorgy, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. McCorgy


    Apr 28, 2009
    Hellow Fellow Bassists!

    I´m new to the forum so first off for having a place to come in need.. of help and instructions that is.

    And to make it clear I´m not that familiar with the specific technical aspect on string pulls or anything like that. I have the basic knowledge (common sense), but I suppose you guys here know a lot of stuff that I have no idea, so..

    I´ve been playing bass for few years now. Mostly on jamming basis ´cause I´m more of a guitarist. About an year ago I bought my first "real" bass.. Rockbass by Warwick Fortress 5 string (34" scale). I´ve been very pleased with it. But since my band plays in rather low tuning and my playing varies from picking, thumbs and some slapping I´ve had a hard time of finding a good set of strings. Right now I´m playing on DR Low Riders 045-065-085-105-130.. But as you can see the tuning is rather low. Right now the low B string isn´t actually in any use. But the pull on the E(C) A(G) D(C) G(A) strings is actually pretty nice. It could be a bit harder tho.. just a teeny tiny bit. But I really like the sound.

    So I came to "professionals" on this matter to ask if it would be a wise decision to maybe gather a custom set of single strings.. to keep the same "loose" feel on the strings. I´ve been thinking about Ernie Ball´s slinkys.. But the Brand really isn´t the case. I´m more worried about if there should occure any major complications on string pull or losing fine tune ect.

    Right now I´m all out of words, but if, and when you need more info on this matter I´m more than happy to give it to you.

    Thanks ahead!
  2. fu22ba55

    fu22ba55 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2009
    I have a warmoth bass tuned down to low C (High on Fire, Sleep-style tuning)

    I use the following gauges:

    135 C (125 in a pinch)
    110 F
    75 Bflat
    55 Eflat

    The C & F are pretty heavy, since lighter strings tend to ring a little bit sharp at first when playing with my fingers (I play pretty hard).

    Juststrings.com is where I get them. Once you experiment and get the gauges right, you can buy "generic" strings (no label from a famous maker) in BULK.

    The generics are not "boutique" strings by any stretch of the imagination, but I have a pretty filthy bass tone, so they're fine for me.

    The only possible gotcha is some heavier strings are too thick to fit through some older bridges, so beware. Shouldn't be a problem on the rockbass. Tapered strings also help with proper intonation on the heavier gauge strings.
  3. You're using a five string bass right? If I were you I would string the Low C with something along a .110 gauge and tune up to C instead of down to it. And same with all the rest of the strings, a .90 or so for the G, .70 for the middle C, etc. You could probably just get a light gauge g string, around .40 or .35 for the high A. It'll keep your strings tight and your sound from getting muddy. Just my 2 cents though.
  4. McCorgy


    Apr 28, 2009
    Thanks.. These gauges were pretty much I was imagining on getting. The thing I didn´t cincider was tuning the low C up and not down.
  5. McCorgy


    Apr 28, 2009
    I just bought DR Lowriders gauges .120 .090 .065 .045 .030 for my fiver and damn it feels good! Sounds awesome like Lowriders always do.. So the tuning is C G C F A the pull is perfect. Not too tight and not too loose. I can slap the s*** out of it, finger it to some cheesy pornfunk or pick it to some nasty crunching metal with different soundsettings and it simply kills!

    Thanks for the guys for all the help finding the suitable set of strings!

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