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High C guage - 0.028?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by sargebaker, Aug 16, 2005.


  1. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    I'm re-stringing my Spector E-F (as opposed to B-C) the problem will be getting the high F string. 7 string sets are darn hard to find here and I'm not ordering off the net. I had the idea of buying an 8 string set and useing the 4 normal strings and 2 piccolo ones for the C & F.

    The average C string is 0.032, and I was wondering if a 0.04 or 0.028 C string would work well, keeping in mind this is a 35" scale bass.

    I'm thinking of using the piccolo G (0.018) for the high F, will this also work?

    And will the D'addario long scale EXL 170-8 strings fit the 35" scale Spector?

    Thank you and I apologize if this has been discussed before.
     
  2. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Hancock, MI
    I once ordered some La Bella singles for my sixer, in funky gauges, and the C was a .028

    I preferred that to the .032's I use now. The popping tone was better and bending was tons easier, but I'm happy using .032 for now.

    I do believe your plan will work.
     
  3. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    was the scale length on your six a 35?
     
  4. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    bump, I reckon the lack of response means it'll work?

    EDIT: Will D'addario EXL 170-8 strings fit the 35" scale? if not are there other piccolo sets that will?
     
  5. bassjigga

    bassjigga

    Aug 6, 2003
    I don't think you'd want to use a 0.04 for a C. That's typically a G string gauge. Anywhere from 0.028-0.032 should be good for the C. Can't comment on the F string since I've never used one.