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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by teenagebass69, Jan 13, 2004.

  1. ok can somebody explain to me the bass string lingo? for example...what is bright and heavy gauge and all that u know
  2. freebeer

    freebeer Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2002
    Suburbs of Detroit...
    brightness refers to the tone. Roundwounds are brighter than flatwounds. Stainless Steel is brighter than nickel. Try a few different sets over time and you'll understand. I prefer nickel strings...I don't like things super bright.

    String gauge refers to their diameter. The bigger the gauge the higher the string tension. Thicker gauge strings tend to sound a little 'fuller'. Hard to explain the tone difference really...
  3. Jim Dombrowski

    Jim Dombrowski Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Look at the top of the strings forum for the thread titled String FAQs (frequently asked questions)

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