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Gauge for F# string

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Thomas Kievit, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Hello folks,

    A friend of mine needs some input for the gauge of a F# string. He needs this to keep up with the 8 string guitars. He will tune it down to Eb (yes, it's low, I know). His bass guitar's tuning will be based on Drop Ab, but then with an extra low Eb added. So that would be Eb Ab Eb Ab Db Gb B. He is playing a 7 string Conklin Groovetool, 34 inch scale length.

    The low B is a .155
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2014
  2. Dogbertday

    Dogbertday Commercial User

    Jul 10, 2007
    SE Wisconsin
    Blaine Music LLC
    As thick as possible probably tapered would be best...

    But wow that low? An octave pedal would work too. I'm pretty sure that Eb is below what humans can hear... He isn't a music therapist for elephants is he?

    If it were me and the guitars were that low I'd just play above them.

    .02, etc
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  3. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Maybe keep it on Drop Ab instead?
  4. AGH


    Jun 18, 2013
    Long Island NY
    All of the stuff I got for free wore out!
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  5. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Nice, I already was thinking about 200+
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  6. CoR Bass

    CoR Bass

    Apr 2, 2014
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Conklin Basses, Ashdown Amplifiers, Morley Pedals
    I have a .175 for my low F# on my Conklin GTBD. Groove Tools are 34" scale. I bought a single string from bassstringsonline (rotosound) but it's a long scale string and it's a bit floppy. You can get a .194 on Conklin's website thats meant for a low C#. CircleK strings is his best bet for options, thats what I'll be doing when I change strings on it next.
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  7. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Just to clarify, does he want an F# string or an Eb string? If he wants to use the drop Eb tuning, he should look for a set of strings that looks like this:

    .232 .158 .118 .090 .067 .049 .035

    To save him the trouble, Circle K/Kalium has a set with these gauges already, and their strings are awesome.
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  8. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Well I said in that post ''He will tune it down to Eb'' :p But thanks for the input! I will tell him!

  9. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Ah okay, my bad! I thought they were 35 inch.


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