Chromes tension/gauge help

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by raul, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. raul


    Aug 30, 2006
    Planet Earth
    If I'm primary used to a 45-105 set of roundwound strings, what would be a good gauge for flats if I want a similar type of feel? I can be a bit busy with fingerpicking. What would be a good set?
  2. hotbass57


    Nov 27, 2011
    Chromes have a bit of tension. I use 45-95 and find them comfortable. I have used 40-100 and they are ok. I would recommend a lighter gauge, if this is your first set of flats.
  3. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    Hard to say. There can be a huge difference between different 45-105 roundwounds, but chromes are pretty stiff. Personally, I'd go with the 40-95 chromes (ECB80, I think) but I'm used to round core DRs.
  4. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Tension and stiffness are two totally different things. Even at the same tension (linear pounds of pull) flats are going to be more stiff (harder to bend) than rounds.

    I use 105-45 DR rounds and 95-40 Chromes on different basses and find them to be similar in feel. But keep in mind that while the same strings on different basses will have the exact same tension (if they're the same scale length) the feel can be very different.
  5. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington