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Best gauge strings for drop A tuning

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ChaosAD, Jul 3, 2017.

  1. ChaosAD


    Aug 7, 2013
    Hi. Could anybody give me some advice as to what gauge strings I should get for my 6 string bass for tuning to drop A?
  2. It depends, do you want a tight feel or a loose feel? Something between .120 and .160.
    If you take your preferred gauge for your E-string multiply that by 1.5 that will be a good place to start.
  3. ixlramp


    Jan 25, 2005
    Yes this will give you an A with the same tension as the E, if by 'drop A' you mean AEADGC.
    Or if you don't mind the lowest string being a little looser a .145 is the minimum for good tone at A (30 pounds tension, extra light).
  4. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    i just ordered strings to tune my 5 string to A standard. i ordered a .145 for the low, on a 35.5" scale. i can report back when installed.
  5. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    1. find a string tension calculator - D'Addario has a great one called String Tension Pro .com
    2. plug in the values you're currently using
    3. make note of the tensions it calculates
    4. change the tuning as per what you want to change
    5. now adjust the calculator to get similar tension to what you've been using
    6. take note of the string diameter you had to change to for the correct tension
  6. Dankof


    Jun 21, 2016
    hey man, how did it go ? thinking to install a 0.145 TSL on my Ibanez SRFF805 on low A.

    A - 0.145
    E - 0.100
    A - 0.75
    D - 0.55
    G - 0.42

    Around 37-38 lbs on tension calculators.

    Should be enough with a 0.135 according to your experience ?

    Thanks and best regards !
  7. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    It worked and sounded great with the DR DDT strings I used. Nice tension.
    Dankof likes this.
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