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Heavy Gauge String Player Thread

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Problemchild, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. Problemchild


    Apr 9, 2011
    I prefer heavy gauge strings 45/50-110, DR rounds on the "P" and Labella Fs on the fretless "J".

    Who are the Heavy Gauge String Players on this board ?

    Please Post !

    Is a Heavy Gauge String Player Club in order ?


  2. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    Well I play 105-45..so I think that is a medium gauge...guess that means I can't join the future club....damn.
  3. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    I do like the tone from heavier gauge strings...just not the tension.
  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I use as heavy as 40-100, though most are 40-95. Some people don't consider that heavy but it is compared to 30-75.
  5. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    Used the jamersons for a short time about 14-15 years ago. Never had a huger sound. But i could see my fender necks turning into boomerangs, and my hands didnt like 3 hour gigs with them.
  6. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Back when I still played roundwounds I rocked my 78 Precision with Ernie Ball Power Slinkys (.110 E IIRC). I really liked the heavier gauge cause I play in drop D a lot and it keeps those low notes a little tighter.

    When I switched to flats I dropped back a notch in gauge simply cause of what my local store had in stock but I may go back up the .110 if I can find a set that heavy.

    Generally when I'm playing a lot and my chops are up, I like the heavier gauge but if I fall out of playing shape they can be a bit of a challenge.
  7. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    tried it once. installed them right before a gig...

    i bled!:(
  8. GK Growl

    GK Growl

    Dec 31, 2011
    I'll chime in here. Not sure if I count being that my current string choice is DR Hi Beams but I use the heavy gauge 110-50. Hi Beams are more flexible than most so it may be comparable to a medium gauge. On top of that, I tune down 1/2 step flat and drop the E string to D flat at times.
  9. Unprofessional


    Mar 5, 2012
    I use the same on my '89 MIJ P-Bass which is set up to be played while tuned 1/2 step down.
    Personally, I would think twice about heavy gauge strings on a J-Bass or J-style bass. I stick to medium gauges on my '76 J-Bass. I don't want to pull that delicate neck too hard.
  10. mattj1stc

    mattj1stc Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2009
    Dallas, TX USA
    I use D'Addario Rounds at 45-65-85-105-145 on my Lakland 55-64, which has a 35" scale. Tension is relatively high and balanced string to string. In terms of tension, similar to the 4 string set of Jamerson flats on a regular 34" scale precision. In terms of tone, similar to Live at Leeds. I really dig in (not sure why, but I do) and play back near the bridge, so I really love high tension
  11. c_maj


    Jun 24, 2011
    Las Vegas, NV
    Count me in.

    I recently switched to 50/110 (Ernie Ball) on my Ibanez and I'm loving it! I drop tune (CGDA) and having the heavier gauge took up some of the slack AND boosted the sound.

    My only regret is that I wish I had thought to do this sooner.
  12. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

    Aug 23, 2011
    I use 45-110 DRs, but I don't consider that very heavy. The heaviest I've used were 50-110 Roto flats.
  13. astack

    astack Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    Wow, what a sad response so far...

    Been at .110's for 6+ yrs. Roto 77's, 66's, Ernie Ball only in a pinch, Steve Harris custom once (too blah), trying Hi Beams now - jury's still out on 'em. Oh and finally tried La Bellas... WOW.

    I like the tension closer to URB and I use pretty high action. It all forces me to keep it simple and allows me to really dig in.
  14. Jools4001

    Jools4001 Supporting Member

    I use 45-105's on my Ric which is tuned EADG and 50-110 on my Epi T-Bird which is tuned down a half step. I used 40-100's for standard for years but I like the heavier guage and tension so I'm think of going heavier on both basses
  15. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I love my GHS 55-105 flats on my 50's classic Precision. Had to straighten the neck after I put them on though.
  16. Savage_Dreams


    Jan 8, 2007
    i use a custom gauge set. 115, 90, 65, 40. 1/2 step down to Eb. if i do tune standard though i dont change gauge. i cant stand lose floppy E or A strings. this set seems to be the best balanced tension feel for me.
  17. TheBasicBassist


    Jan 8, 2009
    Richmond, VA
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars
    On my 5-string Smith, and form F-Bass, I used a .135 set of D'addarrio. Though on my 4-string basses I hang in the 35-40 range.
  18. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Cool deal for you heavy gauge players. Rock on, and may your fingers never flinch!

    I tried Jamersons and took them off the next day. Not for me. Back to the light gauge .043-.104 Labellas.
  19. .041-.086 standard tuning. Seems like I'm in a wrong thread.
  20. LemmyLicious


    Sep 27, 2010
    I use a slightly unorthodox set of 75-130 (tuned A#D#G#C#) with A# as a roundwound and the rest flat (only use the first string as support for pickin' the D# so didn't bother getting an individual A# string to go with the Steve Harris custom set). :D Basic stuff for half-step down, just that the set is effing heavy for a 4-string, being the first four strings of a 5'ver set.