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A few questions for y'all...

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Brendan, May 10, 2001.

  1. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    One: I hear that if a bass has a floppy B, that you should get a heavier gauge string. How does that work? Wouldn't it become less tight with the added mass?

    Two: Can you pull a .45(G) up to a C? I'm getting a six in a few months (Pushic...drool...), and though I've spent many hours on various 6ers, the C always seemed a little too thin (though I live that C string dearly). Or would the tension snap it? I was thinking a .45 .45 .65 .85 .105 .130 type deal. Or, would you advise against this for some reason?

    That's all I got. Thanks for any help you can offer!
  2. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Hey Brendan :) . The string's "geometry" has a lot
    to do with tension, i.e., the ratio of the diameter
    of the inner core to the thickness of the outer wrap.
    Unfortunately, most places just list the diameter 'in toto' -
    core + outer wrap = gauge.

    You may not be a fan of flatwounds, but I know fer
    instance the GHS Precision Flats and the LaBella
    James Jamerson set are high tension. Maybe some
    other TB'rs could comment on their experiences with
    'stiff' roundwounds...D'Addario?

    BTW...The GHS site is (finally) back up and running.
    There's an interview with Ben Cole (GHS' top banana)
    where he talks about tension and stuff...(here)
  3. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Thanks Notduane...and I gotta say...that duckman thing is the coooolest sound byte I've ever heard. No to mention the show was pretty good to...but that's off topic...

    How can string be set "high tension"?
  4. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    :D   I'd `splain what "B³" means, but I don't wanna'
    get N.A.G.* on my case.

    * National Association of Gals.
    That's the problem...I think it all starts with the manufacturing
    process, i.e., choosing the diameter of the core wire.
    The only thing I can think of is...
    • Talk to others about their experiences
    • Spend a small fortune tryin' different strings :p
    • Write the manufacturers and ask `em `bout core size
    Sorry I couldn't be more help.
  5. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i would NOT use a .045" tuned that high - get a .030", they are fairly common, and not too expensive. anything that high will put undue tension on your neck, possibly damaging the instrument. shoot, a .045" tuned to G has a great deal of tension on it already - check out d'addario's web site, they have string tension listings of their strings...


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