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g# standard string gauge

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ProgSean, Mar 23, 2013.


  1. ProgSean

    ProgSean

    Jan 7, 2012
    I have a 6 string fretless bass, 34/35" scale, that I want to tune down to G# standard (G# C# F# B E A) for my prog band.
    So just two semi tones above your standard F# tuning, but I'm unsure of the string gauge, I've seen people say a .135 will do, and others say that a 166. Is needed. Anyone able to help me out? And also explain how and why the string gauges are what they are?
     
  2. Ian_Flash

    Ian_Flash

    Jan 17, 2013
    OK... Just to be sure I have it right, your LOWEST tone string is G# and your treble is A? i.e. the "standard" Low B is dropped to G# (3 semitones) and the "standard" High C is dropped to A (3 semitones)
     
  3. pumpkinking39

    pumpkinking39

    Sep 14, 2011
    Thats quite the drop.
     
  4. ProgSean

    ProgSean

    Jan 7, 2012
    Yeah, 3 semi tone drop, I'm testing it out on my 6 before I get my 7 fretless built, don't want to spend a lot on strings being shipped (getting extended range bass strings in the uk sucks!) to find out they are too loose or too tight
     
  5. Ian_Flash

    Ian_Flash

    Jan 17, 2013
    Got it. OK... If you use a .135 as low G#, it will feel like plucking an Earthworm with a Cannoli! A .145 will produce around 41lbs. of tension when tuned down to C and you probably want to keep the tension around 38 - 44 lbs on a Sixer so even .145 at G# will not work well. Definitely go around .160 - 166 on the bottom. Also... check out Circle K Strings. They make strings and sets with lows down to .185 AND they have a Tension Guide on their site which will help get you in the ballpark for each string's gauge.
     

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