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Heaviest gauge (Nickel/plated) round wound 4 string set available

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by madjazzbass, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. madjazzbass

    madjazzbass Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    Who (what brand) makes the heaviest gauge 4 string (nickel plated) available? I'm looking to tune down one of my Basses to B E A D and I really don't want to buy a 5 string set (I used to do that back in the day when I played Metal); I just want to find the heaviest gauge 4 string set available; and Yes, I already have a 5 string, I'm just more comfortable playing a 4 right now and I don't wanna keep re-tuning any one Bass. I'm thinking a set with a 110 E string would be great.
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Tuning a bass to BEAD doesn't require the heaviest strings available, unless you're talking about an octave below what people generally mean when they say BEAD. A 110 is far from the heaviest available regardless. It's significantly lighter than what's commonly used for a low B.
  3. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Brand Identity & Development, GHS Strings, Innovation Double Bass Strings, Rocktron
    There are a couple of BEAD tuned 4-string sets that you can buy, which will do a lot better job than a set with a .110 E string, unless you like the tonality/feel of a set detuned that much (I know a couple of our artists do).
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  4. ...or just buy Daddario singles from BSO. I'd personally run: .145t, .110, 85, .60
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  5. ixlramp


    Jan 25, 2005
    Kalium Strings .266 .200 .150 .110 Hybrid Bass String Sets
    But that won't tune to standard BEAD, only octave-down BEAD.
  6. madjazzbass

    madjazzbass Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    Thank you Sir, this is exactly what I was talking about, Thanks a lot, much appreciated.
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  7. GK Growl

    GK Growl Inactive

    Dec 31, 2011
    Why don't you just buy a 5 string set? I understand not wanting to but you are severely limiting your choices of "off the shelf" availability of string sets.

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