Famous bassist strings and their gauges

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  1. FA108208usat2

    FA108208usat2 Guest

    Mar 24, 2014
    Famous bassist strings and their gauges

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    Befor
    e anyone says "It's all in the fingers" or "You have to be____Himself" or "You have to have your own style". I'm just making this list to help anyone that needs reference, on what strings did their favourite bassist use , maybe they want to try it, and see if that works for them. Maybe If the strings works for their Idol/Hero, It might work for them as well. There are a lot of famous bassist, so I will try to update this list once In awhile, and I know some bassist use more than one type of strings, and I will try to update that aswell.

    This list is fairly accurate, I take some of the Info from the web and TB as well, but I can't guarantee you that this is 100% accurate.

    Feel free to add correction and Information of the bassist's Strings and Gauges.
    Please use this format, If you can please give me the type of strings as well(Roundwound,Flatwound,etc)

    Bassist name

    Strings :
    Gauges :

    So I can copy and paste them directly.
    Thank You.

    A
    Abraham Laboriel

    Strings 1: GHS Brite Flats
    Gauges 1 : ?
    Strings 2 : GHS Super Steel
    Gauges 2 : -

    Aston Barret
    Strings : Fender Flatwounds
    Gauges : Medium 45-105

    Anthony Jackson
    Strings : Fodera Anthony Jackson signature set
    Gauges : 28-45-65-85-105-125

    Anthony Wellington
    Strings : DR Strings
    Gauges : -

    Adam Clayton
    Strings : DR Sunbeams
    Gauges : Medium 45-65-85-105

    B
    Bootsy Collins

    Strings : DR BOOTZILLAS
    Gauges : Medium .045-.105


    Billy Sheehan
    Strings : Rotosound BS66
    Gauges :
    43-65-80-110

    Bob Glaub

    Strings : La Bella 0760M
    Gauges : 52-73-95-110

    Billy Gould
    Strings : Dunlop Nickels (DBN45105)
    Gauges : 45-105

    C
    Cliff Burton

    Strings : Rotosound Swing Bass 66(Roundwound)
    Gauges : Extra Light .030 - .090

    Chris Squire
    Strings : Rotosound Swing Bass 66
    Gauges : .045, .065, .080, .105

    Chuck Rainey

    Strings 1 : Labella 0760M
    Gauges 1 : .052-.110
    Strings 2 : DR lighter gauges
    Gauges 2 : .040-.100

    Chris Brubeck
    Strings: Rotosound TruBass88
    Gauge: 65-115

    Carol Kaye
    Strings: Thomastik-Infeld JF344
    Gauge: 43-56-70-100

    D
    Donald Dunn

    Strings: Labella 0760M
    Gauges : 52-73-95-110

    Duff McKagan
    Strings: Rotosound Swing66
    Gauge: 45-105 or 50-110 (for downtuning)

    David Ellefson
    Strings 1 : SIT DE-45105L(4 String)
    Gauges 1 : Medium .045-.105
    Strings 2 : SIT DE-545128L (5 String)
    Gauges 2 : Medium .045 - .0128

    Doug Wimbish
    Strings : Rotosound Swing Bass
    Gauges : 40-60-75-95


    E
    Evan Marien

    Strings 1: GHS Super Steels
    Gauge: 35-58-70-90-121

    Edo Castro
    Strings 1: GHS Super Steels
    Gauge: 20-27-45-60-80-100-129


    F
    Flea

    Strings : GHS M3045F Flea Signature Bass Boomers(Roundwound)
    Gauges : Medium .045 - .105

    Frank Bello
    Strings : D'Addario EXL170 Nickel Wound Bass
    Gauges : .045-.100

    G
    Geddy Lee

    Strings : Rotosound Swing Bass 66
    Gauges : Medium .045-.105(Jazz Bass)
    Gauges : Light .30 - .095(Wal)

    Graham Maby
    Strings: Rotosound Trubass88
    Gauge: 65-115

    Gary Willis
    Strings : D'Addario XL Nickel Wound
    Gauges : 45-65-85-105-135

    Geezer Butler
    Strings : DR K3 Coated bass strings
    Gauges : -

    Guy Pratt
    Strings : Elites Stadium Series stainless roundwound
    Gauge : 40 60 80 100

    H
    Herbie Flowers

    Strings: Rotosound TruBass88
    Gauge: 65-115

    I

    J
    Jaco Pastorius

    Strings : Rotosound Swing Bass 66(Roundwound)
    Gauges : Medium 46-63-80-102

    John Paul Jones

    Strings 1 : Rotosound Swing Bass 66(Roundwound)
    Gauges 1 : 46-63-80-102
    Strings 2 : Electric Bass Nickel Plated Steel with NANOWEB Coating
    Gauges 2 : Medium .045 - .105

    John Enwistle

    Strings 1 : Rotosound Swing Bass 66 (Roundwound)
    Gauges 1 : Medium 46-63-80-102
    Strings 2 : Maxima Gold (Roundwound)
    Gauges 2 : 45-65-85-105

    John Deacon

    Strings : Rotosound 77 Jazz Bass Strings
    Gauges : Light

    James Jamerson
    Strings : La Bella 760M James Jamerson
    Gauges : .052-.073-.095-.110

    John Myung
    Strings : Ernie Ball Nickel Slinky
    Gauge : 32 45 65 80 100 130

    Justin Chancellor
    Strings : Ernie Ball Slinkies (nickel)
    Gauges : 45-65-85-110

    K

    L
    Leland Sklar

    Strings : GHS Super Steels
    Gauges : 40-58-80-102 (4-string)

    Larry Graham
    Strings 1 : GHS L3045 Bass Boomers
    Gauges 1 : 40-55-75-95
    Strings 2 : Rotosound Tru Bass 88s
    Gauges 2 : 40-5-75-95

    Lemmy Kilmister
    Strings : Jim Dunlop Lemmy Icon series
    Gauges : 50-70-85-105

    M
    Marcus Miller

    Strings 1 : DR Strings Marcus Miller MM-45 Fat Beams (Roundwound)
    Strings 2 : Jim Dunlop Marcus Miller Super Bright Brass Strings
    Gauges : Medium .045 - .105

    Mark King
    Strings: Rotosound Funkmaster
    Gauge: 30-50-70-90
    Strings 2: Status hex core steel double ball
    Gauge: 30-50-70-90

    N
    Neil Jason

    Strings : Personal custom gauge D'addario XL
    Gauges : 45-65-80-105

    Nathan East
    Strings :
    Super Bright Steel Bass Strings
    Gauges : Medium .045-.130


    O

    P
    Paul Mccartney

    Strings 1: Rotosound Jazz77 short/medium (Hofner during Beatles days)
    Gauge: 40-90
    Strings 2: Rotosound TruBass88 short/medium (Hofner during Abbey Road/Let It Be sessions)
    Gauge: 65-115
    Strings 3: Pyramid Gold Flatwound (Hofner, today)
    Gauge: 40-55-70-100
    Strings 4: Maxima Flatwound (Rickenbacker, Beatles and Wings days)
    Gauge: probably 40-95
    Strings 5: Thomastik JF344 Flatwound (Rickenbacker, today)
    Gauge: 43-56-70-110

    Pino Palladino
    Strings 1: Labella 0760M
    Gauges 1 : 52-73-95-110
    Strings 2 : TI
    Gauges 2 : -

    P-NUT
    Strings 1: Bass Boomers
    Gauge: 40-60-80-100-130
    Strings 2: Bass Boomers
    Gauge: 40/18-60/20-80/30-100/40-130/60

    Q

    R
    Roger Glover

    Strings : Ernie Ball(Flatwounds)
    Gauges : -

    Roger Waters
    Strings: Rotosound 66
    Gauge: 45-105

    Ron Blair
    Strings : D'Addario Pro Steels
    Gauges : Medium 45-65-85-105

    Robert DeLeo
    Strings : D'Addario ECB81 Chromes
    Gauges :Light, 45-100, Long Scale

    Ryan Neff
    Strings 1: GHS Bass Boomers
    Gauge: 50-75-95-115 tuned to Drop A#


    S
    Steve Harris

    Strings : Rotosound SH77 Steve Harris Signature(Flatwound)
    Gauges : Heavy .050 - .0110

    Sting
    Strings : DR Nickel Lo-Riders
    Gauges : Light 40-60-80-100

    Stanley Clarke
    Strings: Rotosound 55s
    Gauges: .035 - .090

    Stu Hamm
    Strings 1: Bass Boomers
    Gauge: 45-65-85-105


    T
    Tim Lefebvre
    Strings 1: D’Addario Chromes flatwound
    Gauge 1:50 - 105
    Strings 2:D'Addario XL Half Rounds
    Gauge 2:50 - 105
    Strings 3:DR Strings Legend flatwound
    Gauge 3:45 - 105

    U

    V

    Victor Wooten
    Strings 1 : D'Addario EXL170 Nickel Wound Bass (Roundwound)
    Gauges 1 : Light .045 - .0100
    Strings 2 : D'Addario ETB92 Bass (Tapewound)
    Gauges 2 : .50 - .105
    Strings 3 : D'Addario Piccolo Bass (Nickel Wound)
    Gauges 3 : .20 - .052


    W
    Wojtek Pilichowski
    Strings : Super Bright™ Nickel Wound Bass Strings
    Gauges : -


    X

    Y


    Z
     
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2015
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  2. Lee Sklar
    Strings : GHS Super Steels
    Gauges : 40-58-80-102 (4-string) (Not sure about his Dingwall 5-string)
     
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  3. FA108208usat2

    FA108208usat2 Guest

    Mar 24, 2014
    Thanks, added.
     
  4. Ron Blair (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
    Strings : D'Addario Pro Steels
    Gauges : 45-65-85-105
     
  5. Sting
    Strings : DR Nickel Lo-Riders
    Gauges : 40-60-80-100

    Adam Clayton
    Strings : DR Sunbeams
    Gauges : 45-65-85-105
     
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  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Back in the day, the only gauges that Rotosound Swing Bass strings came in was 46-63-80-102. So that would have been the set that Jaco, Entwistle, and JPJ used back in the 70's
     
  7. You might want to update this info now that he left DR for Dunlop.
     
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  8. Pier_

    Pier_

    Dec 22, 2013
    Roma, Italia
    Donald Dunn,
    Strings: Labella 0760M like Jamerson

    John Deacon
    Strings: light gauges of Rotosound flats (40-100)

    Mccartney in the Beatles days used Maxima flats 40 on the Rickenbacker, and Rotosound short scale, the Jazz77 before Abbey Road, and then TruBass88 on some recordings of Abbey Road and Let It Be.
    Now on his Rickenbacker he has Thomastik JF344 flats.
     
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  9. Bob Glaub
    Strings : La Bella 0760M
    Gauges : 52-73-95-110
     
  10. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    Tennessee
    Gary Willis
    Strings : D'Addario XL Nickel Wound
    Gauges : 45-65-85-105-135
     
  11. trothwell

    trothwell

    Apr 9, 2008
    Abraham Laboriel
    Strings 1: GHS Brite Flats
    Gauges 1 : ?
    Strings 2 : GHS Super Steel
    Gauges 2 : ?
     
  12. Pier_

    Pier_

    Dec 22, 2013
    Roma, Italia
    ah well:

    Mark King
    Strings: Rotosound Funkmaster
    Gauge: 30-50-70-90
    Strings 2: Status hex core steel double ball
    Gauge: 30-50-70-90

    Herbie Flowers:
    Strings: Rotosound TruBass88
    Gauge: 65-115

    Graham Maby
    Strings: Rotosound Trubass88
    Gauge: 65-115

    Duff McKagan
    Strings: Rotosound Swing66
    Gauge: 45-105 or 50-110 (for downtuning)

    Roger Waters
    Strings: Rotosound Jazz77
    Gauge: 45-105
     
  13. SteveV74

    SteveV74 Inactive

    Jul 24, 2012
    Anyone know Peter Steeles? I know he used DR black beauties at the end but Im curious what he used prior to that, anyone with knowledge please share.
     
  14. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    earth
    Stanley Clarke
    Strings: ?
    Gauges: .035 > .090
     
  15. SteveV74

    SteveV74 Inactive

    Jul 24, 2012
    Steve Vicenzi
    ( known on Talkbass as SteveV74)
    DR high beams,DDTs, and Black Beauties
    45-105
     
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  16. BassFishingInAmerica

    BassFishingInAmerica

    Jul 24, 2014
    I never remember Geddy using light gauge either. Maybe he changed over the years.
     
  17. I didn't know Cliff Burton used extra light strings. But it would have made soloing a lot easier. Thank you Fabian_Aroyo for the insight.
     
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  18. FA108208usat2

    FA108208usat2 Guest

    Mar 24, 2014
    Updated!
    But did Mccartney also use Pyramid, or do I need to erase it.

    You're Welcome Well, that's what I get from Wikipedia, which make sense, since he did a lot of crazy bends.

    I read In the web that he uses Dean Markley roundwound, not sure what gauges.
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2015
  19. ldryder

    ldryder

    Sep 8, 2014
    Larry Graham

    GHS L3045 BASS BOOMERS

    Gauge: 40-55-75-95
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2015
  20. Geddy used light gauge strings on his Wal bass. He currently is using 45-65-80-105 on his Jazz.
     
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