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Does heavy guage strings = fatter tone?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Soundstorm, Apr 9, 2010.


  1. Soundstorm

    Soundstorm

    Mar 23, 2010
    Sorry for the noobish question. String brand recommendations would be awesome too. I play blues/rock. Thanks!
     
  2. odin70

    odin70

    Dec 26, 2007
    Yes
     
  3. There's been discussion in the string sub-forum before and i remember someone saying that thicker gauges mean more fundamental and less overtones.
     
  4. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Yes.
     
  5. I doubt there are less overtones. There would definitely be more perceived fundamental, though, which might make it seem like there are less overtones.
     
  6. XtheDeadPawn

    XtheDeadPawn

    May 24, 2008
    Texas
    NO WAY!

    If you don't know what your doing it'll sound bad believe me ask my family. :bag:
     
  7. Blues Cat

    Blues Cat Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner Commercial User

    May 28, 2005
    Katy, Tx
    Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner
    Yes. Heavier gauge will also decrease string warble I'm finding.
     
  8. Details, details...

    ;)
     
  9. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    In short: yes.

    In long: yes & read lunarpollen's post.
     
  10. Soundstorm

    Soundstorm

    Mar 23, 2010
    I was going to go with Elixirs...I loved them on my Les Paul.

    What guage do you guys recmmend for a good beefy tone?
     
  11. mgauge

    mgauge

    Dec 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I swear by 105 thru 45..DR Hi Beams.
     
  12. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    I'm personally not a fan of elixirs. They don't even make heavy gauges, IIRC.

    I'm thinking DRs (fat beams) or even some TI flats are the way to go for a fat tone.
     
  13. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    PLEASE, at least SPELL GAUGE cerreKtly (sic)
     
  14. I used to play TI Powerbass rounds. They were a heavy gauge with hex core. Pretty high in tension.

    Now I play the Jazz Rounds and beyond the fact that by design they have lower output I think they are a better sounding string in every way. They are a much lower gauge (.89 E string)
     
  15. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Texas
    I too play teh blues/rock and I employ D'Addario Chromes. Mmmmh good.
     
  16. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Seattle
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    There are a couple of things to this.

    A loose string has more movement and is inherently louder as a result. The fundamental is more pronounced on a loose string.

    A tighter string will keep a booming fundamental in check, letting the upper transients become a greater part/percentage of the over all sound.

    Thickness damps upper transients, but it isn't brutally apparent until you get to three and four wrap strings. .090-ish and lighter, I suspect you won't really be able to tell. E and B strings is where this really shows up - especially when you get to the 4 wrap B strings.
     
  17. Mmmmh good indeed. Favourite flats i've tried so far.
     
  18. michael_atw

    michael_atw

    Feb 28, 2009
    Jamestown, NY
    You mean guage?
     
  19. TapyTap

    TapyTap

    Apr 26, 2005
    What is guage? :confused:
     
  20. spaz21387

    spaz21387

    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    i use ernie balls on all my basses. i wont use another brand of string i usualy go ernie ball hybrids the e is a 105. if you use 110s i find bends to be alittle harder but thats it they do seem to sound better
     

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