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C# Standard String Gauges For 6 String Bass

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Slayter97, Aug 13, 2012.


  1. Slayter97

    Slayter97

    Jul 29, 2011
    Good morning all!


    I'm in a band that plays heavy progressive music and we're tuned down to C# Standard (Ab-Db-Gb-B-E-A). I currently have a Brice 6-String with D'Addario Regular Light Gauge strings tuned to C# Standard and the lower strings flop and buzz (to be expected).

    What gauges would be best for this tuning? I would like to try the whole Progressive Tension approach, but I don't know how to go about that. My bass has a 35" neck.

    Thanks in advance!!!
     
  2. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Take your current C# string and tune it up until you think it feels best to play. We can help you assemble a set from there if we can get a baseline in your tension preferences.
     
  3. Slayter97

    Slayter97

    Jul 29, 2011
    I tuned the C# string to F#/Gb and it felt pretty nice; it didn't really buzz.
     
  4. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Ah, so you're a heavy string guy like me :)

    For your normally available brands, you could piece together a set like this (based on D'Addario's tension charts):

    0.145 - Ab - 31.04 lbs
    0.135 - Db - 48.10 lbs
    0.095 - Gb - 45.94 lbs
    0.070 - B - 45.06 lbs
    0.052 - E - 44.20 lbs
    0.045 - A - 44.99 lbs

    The problem is that available gauges from most manufacturers don't provide a nice progression. As well, gettin a sufficiently large Ab string could be tough, though Warwick and Roto make a .174 or .175 string and Conklin sells a .165 and .195 string if you wanted to mix/match sets.

    If you're willing to spend a little more, I'd recommend getting a set from Circle K strings. They specialize in this kind of stuff and cater to the ERBists like you and I. I play them exclusively on my 35" scale 6-string basses. http://circlekstrings.com/store/standard-balanced-6-strings.html

    Their .174 or .182 sets would probably be right up your alley (though they are only balanced tension, not the progressive), or you could piece together a set like this for a much steadier progression than the D'Addario set above:

    0.182 - Ab - 51.89 lbs
    0.130 - Db - 48.04 lbs
    0.094 - Gb - 45.51 lbs
    0.067 - B - 42.09 lbs
    0.049 - E - 40.95 lbs
    0.035 - A - 38.21 lbs
     
  5. Slayter97

    Slayter97

    Jul 29, 2011
    I cannot thank you enough for helping me with this! How did you figure out the specific tension and gauges for each string?
     
  6. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Both D'Addario and Circle K provide tension charts and unit weight information for all of their strings, and D'Addario even provides you with a formula for tension calculation in the event that you use something other than a 34" scale or want tension of unnatural (non-natural?) notes. :)
     
  7. Slayter97

    Slayter97

    Jul 29, 2011
    Solid. Thanks again, man. You rule.
     

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