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At what gauge do strings stop having an outer shell?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Dragzole, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. At what gauge are the strings just the core?
  2. .
    As far as I'm aware all bass strings have both core and winding.
    It's only guitar strings that are core-only on the smaller ones.
  3. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    We (GHS) have a couple plain steel strings (no wrap), and they're an .018 and .020, both of which are used either in a piccolo bass set or for a high F string.
  4. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Largest Plain Steel strings I have seen are .026p

    They are a guitar string though. They can be made in bass length but not sure how useful they would be.

    The other way around the smallest wound string I have seen (steel core) is .017w
  5. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    .008-.023 - bass ball-ended