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Does this sound ok For my 6 string bass when I change the strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by InsaneBassninja, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Sounds OK to me. Circle K Strings sell balanced tension sets similar in gauge to that.
  2. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    That 65 is heavy - .060 is better
  3. Here let me fix those gauges : .142 .106 .79 .59 .43 .31 :) there.
    Now don't be afraid to pay about $40.75 for a set like that. Now the trick is to finding one place where you can get said gauges :meh: think think what did those last 2 post have in-common :meh:
    damn kids and their http://circlekstrings.com/store/6-strings-ss7.html
  4. Might have to open your nut..!
  5. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Bass Strings Online. Pretty much those same gauges will be $26!

  6. I would've picked a .85 for the A-string rather than .80, considering the rest of the gauges you've chosen there. I would've also chosen a thinner B-string, something along the lines of .130-.135. Everyone's got their own opinions on string gauges though, with some people insisting that specialised (or "balanced") gauges are the only way to achieve proper intonation and playability balance, but I disagree. I think a good setup goes a long way.

    Also, a lot of people say that thicker-than-average B-strings are vital to avoid the "floppyness" that's typically associated with badly set-up B-strings, but I don't think this is necessary. In fact, having such a disproportionately thick B-string can exacerbate inconsistent tone, relative to the rest of the strings, and possibly result in "boomyness" rather than strong, yet "tame" low-end.
  7. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    The set the OP suggested he was pursuing is very well balanced for tension - it was his objective. The only thing out of place was the .065 which would pull nearly 10 pounds more than any other string in that set.

    You needn't make use of balanced tension - to each their own - and a good setup may aid in playability, but it will not change physics. Balanced tension has its place, tonally and physically.
  8. Lucky for me I have not bought anything for the 6 sting yet. Am just planing before I have I will change my strings in Feburary.
  9. ixlramp


    Jan 25, 2005
    For standard tuning BEADGC 145 105/107 80 60 45 32 is roughly tension balanced, if that's what you want, as k_h said a 65 in there is too tight relative to the other strings.
  10. ok Thanks thats fair then thanks guys for your Help thats what I'll buy then.
  11. "Better balanced".... yea, I could agree with that, but that's also what I mean when I say that a good setup makes a big difference. I often find in my setups that I'm compensating for inherent issues with balancing in more standard sets, but the compensation isn't major and I don't have to do anything radical at the bridge to make things even.

    Therefore, I'd agree that a balanced set would make getting consistent feel and intonation across the strings a bit easier, but not so much so that I'd bother altering by current regeme to accommodate it. It's best to get used to something, then learn how to use that as a foundation for compensating for all the other setup issues that you WILL have from time to time, especially if your bass(es) regularly get taken out of your house. The tipping point for me is the ubiquity of standard sets, and thus being able to buy them in guitar stores rather than depending on online shipping.

    This is all just my opinion, of course. I've always done my own setups, so having to do them isn't something I consider to be a trade-off; this may not be the case for the OP.