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DGCF tuning and string gauge on a 34" scale bass

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by jhch14, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. jhch14


    Feb 21, 2020
    Hi everyone!

    I recently changed my tuning from EADG to DGCF on my Yamaha BB1200s (34¨scale). The problem is that I´m using light gauge strings (40-100 DR Hi Beams (round wounds)), and now my bass lacks ¨punch¨.

    I would like to have the loose feel of the down-tuned light gauge strings to some extent, but improve the tone. I have some issues with hand fatigue, so that is one reason why I changed tunings.

    I was thinking of trying different brands and gauges, but with the premise of keeping it low tension while at the same time not sacrificing a lot of tone. I´m willing to compromise a little bit on the tone department though, in favor of ease of playing.

    I play both fingerstyle and pick, with a light touch.

    - I want to experiment with different string types, so what would be your recommendation for round wounds, flat wounds and tape wounds?

    - For round wounds: Would a 45-105 DR DDT (Hex Core?) set work? That is my first option right now.

    Thank you all very much!
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2020
  2. I recently strung up my Fender Jazz with GHS Pressurewounds M7200 (44-62-84-106) for DGCF, and they're working out great. Comfortable tension/stiffness without feeling too loose or floppy.

    If you like the tone of the Hi Beams 40-100 in EADG, you can always try one size bigger, 45-105, for DGCF.

    Check out this thread as well: D Standard Club (DGCF)
  3. DR DDTs are specifically designed for down-tuning, and as such, they're quite a bit stiffer-feeling than the Hi Beams due to a relatively large hex core.

    You might also want to check out the Stainless Steel Lo-Riders (45-105, hex core) as a slightly stiffer alternative to the Hi Beams.
  4. bearfoot

    bearfoot Inactive

    Jan 27, 2005
    Chittenango, NY
    Greetings, jhch14

    I think you may be "chasing your tail" in this, as using heavier strings in the down-tuning will make it feel the same way as the 40-100 set in standard tuning.

    With hand fatigue, I think this is going to be all about proper setup, particularly the string action at the first fret, which if I remember right, can be as little as 22/1000"

    Another thing to consider is looking for round core, rather than hex core, bass strings. Like for instance, the DR Neons and several others. The round core wire has a much more supple feel.

    But what we really need is to make sure the setup is 100%. You shouldn't be working too hard on those "money zone" notes.
  5. jhch14


    Feb 21, 2020

    Thanks! I will definitely check those strings out
  6. jhch14


    Feb 21, 2020
    Thank you very much! I will definitely keep all that in mind.
  7. 4StringTheorist

    4StringTheorist Supporting Member

    I'll second the kind words for the GHS M7200 set. I put them on my fretless for DGCF last month and they feel and sound fantastic
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