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Definition of "floppy" strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Sounbwoy, Aug 31, 2005.

  1. Sounbwoy

    Sounbwoy Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2005
    Clayton, NC
    Hi all. I've seen several references to "floppy" strings when talking about, say the B string on a 5-string bass. Since it's the thickest string and theoretically speaking, the loosest, how are people defining floppy? Just curious...
  2. To me, floppy strings would hold true to the literal meaning.. flop. :rolleyes:

    I like tight strings on my basses, so for me if I bought a pack of strings and a string was floppy.. it would be loose and rattle a bit. Basically IMO if you can't play 8th notes on the bass without the strings staying tight then it is floppy.

    There are several factors effecting this though, string length, bass scale, string gauge etc..