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Changing strings, same gauge, different materials, requires setup?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Typstor, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. Typstor


    Feb 1, 2014
    Hi all,
    Right now I got stainless steel Dr's and I want to change them to ernie ball hybrid slinkys, both are roundwound. Does this switch require a setup?
  2. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    Possibly. Even if you never change strings, it's good to know how to do a setup - a change in climate can affect your bass.
  3. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings

    Not all string gauges are created the same. Core-to-cover ratios, wrap thicknesses are different from company to company, while the strings may still be the same gauge.
  4. stonewall


    Jun 14, 2010
    Only you will know make your change play your bass.How does it feel?
  5. TwoRivers

    TwoRivers Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2012
    Las Cruces, NM
    If you like the way your bass currently plays, I would just take measurements of the current neck relief, string height, and pickup height. Then change your strings, tune them up, play a bit, tune them up again, and check all of the same measurements. If they're different, make the changes, and then set your intonation. If they're the same, just check your intonation and you're ready to rock!
  6. uOpt


    Jul 21, 2008
    Boston, MA, USA
    You can't tell from the specs how much core and how much wind there is, so the pull is not really predictable. How much pull change causes what changes in neck relief is even less predictable. Necks vary widely in how floppy they are.

    In addition to that, round cores "swing wider" for the same frequency so they are more likely to hit the frets at the same action.
  7. anyfink


    Mar 22, 2013
    Whenever I do a complete string change on any stringed instrument I do a setup. Way to go.
  8. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    Setups don't hurt, they only take a little time...