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?
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    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 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Social Media Manager, 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
    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