Fact or Fiction?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by offaxis7, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. offaxis7

    offaxis7 Guest

    Jan 26, 2005
    So Cal
    I would like to get everyones opinion on the difference between different gauge strings? Do medium gauge (,45, .65, .85, .105) strings give you a fatter tone than lights (.40, .60. 80. 100), fact or fiction?
  2. jdieh1

    jdieh1 Guest

    Nov 28, 2007
    Queensland, Australia
    I have "custom gauge" strings on my bass at the moment. They are a combination of both (They are 45, 65, 80, 100) :)
  3. I think so, I've been using 45-65-85-110-130 for quite some time now and my tone is very think coming off of my amp. I'm currently playing thru a '08' MIA Fender Jazz V with a Carvin BX1200 head w/BRX10.4 Neo cab and it's sounds kickass. The strings I use are Fender Super Bass 8250's and they work very well with me.
  4. Yes definately - greater mass = deeper tones
  5. The clips on our myspace site are 30-50-70-90 DRs and GHS boomers Amp eq flat. Active EMGs on Jazz copy and Duncan and Ernie Ball Musicmans with Duncan preamp on P custom. Studio recordings with 4x10 Rubber surrounds. Live recordings with Avatar B410 Neo.

  6. HalfManHalfBass


    Jan 21, 2003
    IMHO yes there is a BIG difference between even the slightest of gauges.

    For example, personally I can't stand the sound or feel of a 45 gauged 'G' string!

    To me it doesn't vibrate properly and when popped (yes I guess I play a lot of slap bass....still!) it doesn't ever sound as good as a 40 gauge (to me).

    I find heavier gauges won't ring or vibrate as much as I like them to. I suppose it's simple physics, as they are under more tension and require more energy to 'get moving'. I imagine that is why they say that lower actions, with less fret buzz are actually easier to achieve when you use thicker gauged strings....

    I have a hard time finding my preferred gauges: 40, 60, 80, 100 available in all makes. In fact some makes refer to this gauge as 'a hybrid'. Yet when I try a 'normally gauged' 45 65 80 100 etc, it never feels right (to me)! I'm too used to 40-100s I guess!
  7. Supertanker

    Supertanker Watch the dog! He is trained to bite!

    Jun 23, 2005
    I concur.

    I can both feel and hear the difference between .128 and .130 B string.

    The same for the other gauges...
  8. allexcosta


    Apr 7, 2004
    Of course it's a fact. It's physics...
  9. levis76

    levis76 Defender of the Low Ender Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2007
    Metro Detroit
    I use GHS Boomers Heavy gauge (E is 115) on my Jackson and DR Hi Beams (B is 125) on my ESP. Love the thicker tone and extra tension of fatter strings. :bassist: I've heard that thinner strings growl more, but mine snarl nicely.
  10. mrjim123

    mrjim123 Supporting Member

    May 17, 2008
    My, that was helpful. :meh:
  11. Surprise Panda!

    Surprise Panda! Guest

    Mar 18, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I've had light/medium/heavy gauge, and yes I have found differences. I prefer the heavy gauge strings for the thicker tone.l
  12. jdieh1

    jdieh1 Guest

    Nov 28, 2007
    Queensland, Australia
    Yeah, I know. I was kinda out of it when I posted that.

    To answer the OP, yeah, they do make a difference in tone. I agree with the people who posted above this, even the slightest difference in gauges makes a big difference to the tone
  13. elBandito

    elBandito Guest

    Dec 3, 2008
    Rotten Apple
    Heavier gauge have higher tension, so you have to adjust your plucking which affects tone as well.