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changing gauge

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by MCBTunes, Apr 10, 2005.


  1. How much of a gauge change can a bass handle? I "think" I have a happy medium on my bass right now like a 50 bottom, 105 top... but i think i would like to try and drop the gauge to 45-100....

    What does a change effect on the bass as far as saddles and nut?
     
  2. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    As far as the nut goes, it'll work. Ideally you'd want a tight fit. But the miniscule size difference you're talking about won't be a problem.

    The saddles will have to be adjusted, as well as the neck for the lack of tension. Ideally, you'd want a full setup when switching string gauges or brands.