I Need Help Choosing Strings!!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by trevsonthebus, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. trevsonthebus


    Jul 10, 2013
    Hey Guys,

    I've just recently upgraded from a 4 String, bought a 5 string bass LTD B-5E, rosewood, neck through, gorgeous. But I need some help understanding how to choose a gauge and the proper string.

    I play for church, upbeat gospel, slapping and picking, all that good stuff. All feedback is welcomed.

    How do I decide what gauge I need?
    What brand of string do you suggest?

    God bless
  2. unclebass


    Dec 17, 2012
    If you're happy with the gauge you play now on 4 string, find a set for your 5er with the same gauge EADG. I have a 45-125 Dunlop set of nickels on my 5er, and it sounds pretty good. I have a 4 stringer with set of Curt Mangan stainless steels, and although I really like the sound I get, the tone does not go with the other instruments in our church band. I have found that the tone I get from nickels sounds much better in the mix. I plan to put a set of Curt Mangan nickels on my 5er when the Dunlops go flat. Main thing to know is that some 5 string sets have a somewhat floppy B string. You'll notice on balanced tension sets that the B string is significantly larger than on standard sets. Typical set of strings would be 45,65,85,105,125. Balanced tension set would be more like 45,60,80,105,145. You may want to check with Jason at BASSSTRINGSONLINE.COM. Let him know you are a talkbass member, we get discounts. He is the man when it comes to knowledge of bass strings. Let him know what you are looking for, odds are his suggestion will be just what you need.
  3. trevsonthebus


    Jul 10, 2013
    Man I really appreciate all the help!
  4. Ian_Flash


    Jan 17, 2013
    One of the main issues going from a 4 to 5 is the tension of the low B. I agree with unclebass that you will find it easier if your B is heavier and closer in tension to the E. .125 is several lbs./kgs looser than a .105 E. I find that .135 is minimum, .145 is even better.
  5. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    string choice is mainly personal preference for desired tone tweak. GHS boomersd and daddario nickel are great middle of road choices for good strings and low cost for begginer and those wanting overall middle of road sound, If you want agressive sound, rotosound swing66 are my fave.