Good options in 40-95 gauge?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ValeriusCrow, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. Hello, I'd like to try super-light 40-95 gauged strings (have Dunlop Super Bright 40-100 at the moment) - could use some help from those who knows the subject.

    I'm mostly playing blues/classic rock stuff and even though I dig sound of Dunlops - a little less tension would be nice.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2018
  2. ixlramp

    ixlramp Guest

    Jan 25, 2005
    40-90 is very tension imbalanced, very top heavy, that should be either 35-90 or even better 30-90. 40-90 sets are rare for this reason.
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  3. My mistake - of course I meant 40-95 gauge, not 40-90 :)
  4. If you want less tension (ie more flexible) than the Dunlop Super Brights, try the DR Sunbeams 40-95. (Assuming you're talking about Super Bright Nickels.)
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  5. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    I think I heard something about a brand called something like Tomastik Infeld that supposedly makes some relatively easy feeling strings...

  6. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    Are you sure 40-95 Sunbeams, despite having round cores inside, would have less tension/more flexible than OP's Dunlop SBN 40-100?

    In What strings have the lowest tension? thread, GHS' @Jon Moody mentioned that the Dunlop SB 45-105 has very small hex cores comparable to his GHS Supersteels 30-84 (thus the Dunlop SB 40-100 would probably have cores comparable to much smaller than these), and he implied that any round core strings his company made were constructed with larger diameter cores than any other hex core strings with comparable gauges.

    I know he wasn't talking about the Pure Blues, but I think we could take the same assumption with the DR's round core strings.
  7. Here's my point...
    Of all the round core strings DR offers, the Sunbeams are reputed to be the most flexible. A lot of people who have used the Super Brights compare their flexibility to the Sunbeams. So, the only way you can have something more flexible than the Super Brights 40-100 is to try the Sunbeams 40-95.

    Or, your only other option would be to try the TI Jazz Rounds, which are three times the cost of the Sunbeams.
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  8. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    D'addario makes an "extra super light" set of nickel wound rounds, EXL180, in 95 - 75 - 55 - 35.

    I currently have them on my six string (plus added B and C strings to match) and I'm really enjoying them so far. No twanginess on the G string despite the low gauge, very even sounding to me.
  9. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    yeah, it seems that OP would have to go with TI's if he wants less tension than his current Super Brights.
  10. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    I don't think D'Addario EXL 35-95 would be OP's answer. His current 40-100 Dunlop would probably have lower tension/less flexible than those.

    Again I'm quoting @Jon Moody on this...

    D'Addario used to have FlexSteels, which were constructed with very small hex cores inside, with 45-105 cores comparable to what would be inside other hex core strings 30-90. And now Dunlop makes the Super Bright series with similar recipe. Jon said that the Super Bright 45-105 cores were comparable to GHS Super Steels 30-84.

    So, we can assume that OP's Super Brights 40-100 would have cores comparable to what would be something smaller than EXL 30-90.
  11. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    GHS Artist, Evan Marien, talks about his extra light (35-58-70-90-121) set of Super Steels in this excellent video.
  12. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Not all strings are the same tension. I tried Sunbeams 45-105 ) and found them too floppy for me.
  13. That's exactly my point...
    I found the Sunbeams 45-105 too loose and flexible as well. So, you can imagine how much looser 40-95 would feel. But that's what the OP is asking for - something even more flexible than the Super Bright 40-100, which are also VERY flexible.
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  14. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Rubber bands?
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  15. Bass_guy_2008

    Bass_guy_2008 Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    GHS Boomers 40-95 will give you what you want. Their 35-95 are nice too but maybe a little loose on the top for you.
  16. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Those are quite a bit stiffer than what he already has.
  17. Try D’Addario EXL220BT nickel wound strings ... low tension, sweet sound ... so far best roundwound i used
  18. 35 as a G string is really too soft also for me ... (see the case of Rotosound Funkmaster 66, although they are 30 at G, but there’s not a lot of difference)
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  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    If I could only own 36 basses what would they be?
    D'addario super light
  20. As @mmbongo has already noted, the Boomers 40-95 are definitely stiffer than the Dunlop Super Brights 40-100. Not recommended to the OP.
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