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Is 0.60 an alright gauge for a g string??

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by boglej2, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. boglej2


    Dec 3, 2007
    Dublin, Ireland
    jus chanigng my strings now, asked for a heavier g than normal, got a .60 g, bt it seems very tight on the necK?
  2. Roland777


    Jun 1, 2006
    Unless that - for some alien reason - is specifically what you asked for, I can't think of anyone in their right mind who would use a .060 for a G on a standard scale bass.
  3. 4-string


    Jul 23, 2006
    .60 is a D-string in my book. :eek:
  4. Just Thumpin'

    Just Thumpin' Commercial User

    Mar 7, 2008
    NE United States
    Manager and Partner, Fodera Guitars (as of 10/14/09)
    That is a HUGE g-string. I use a .40 (as part of a 40-60-80-100 set)! I have seen some as high as .50, but 60? No way...
  5. boglej2


    Dec 3, 2007
    Dublin, Ireland
    right i knew the people that worked in music shops in dublin weren't the smartest bt thats a joke, i want a heavy string so i'll be able to get more from my g string, low output on stingrays an all that, what would be damaging about having this gauge on my bass?
  6. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    .60 = excessive for G string. I'd recommend NOT using it.

    It does put more tension on the neck than is necessary. I wouldn't go as far as to call it irreversibly damaging, but more importantly, it's NOT going to be a friendly string to play on.

    Change it!

    And regarding the "weak G" problem of your Stingray... I hear this quite a bit, but there's a lot you can do beyond getting a single, extra-heavy string. Adjust the pickup height to favor the "G" side instead of the "E" side (you could either raise the G side OR lower the E side). You may also need to look into getting a fresh setup done on your bass - the G string might be set higher than it should be, and pickup height can't really alleviate that.

    I've learned to set up my own Stingray, and I haven't had the "weak G string" issue that some people complain about.
  7. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    .60? Holy crap dude!

    That's a bit much. Unless you plan on tuning down a step or two, that would definitely put to much tension on the neck and cause it to warp after a while.

    As for the weak output, like boo said, raise the pickups.

    Funny thing is, I had to lower my MM style pickups because they were way to powerful for the playing I'm used to.
  8. ibnzneksrul


    Feb 2, 2007
    So Cal
    I'm surprised it didn't break just tuning it up to a G.
  9. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    Uy... Try .50 before you go sticking another one of those D strings in the G slot again...
  10. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    I concur with the rest. .60 is way too heavy for a G. I prefer a .40 and never use higher than a .45.
  11. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    .45 is the standard G string for me. A .60 is a light gauge D string.
  12. gr8fulhiker


    Mar 24, 2008
    Way to big, it'll chafe somethin' fierce. ;)
  13. At least you spelled 'gauge' correctly!!

  14. Slax


    Nov 5, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    I'm using .45's on my basses for the G string. I used to use .50s for extra stiffness... .60 seems a bit much though.

    I'd say, if you're looking for a high gauge G string, try going from lower and then to higher until you're comfortable.
  15. FenderP

    FenderP Supporting Member

    May 7, 2005
    It's not excessive at all. Two of my basses are strung .75 - .100 - .115 - .135, and most of my basses are strung .50 - .75 - .95 - .110. So for me, .60 on G is no big deal and I'd welcome it. :)
  16. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    At those gauges, you MUST be either drop-tuning significantly or have a 4-string set up for BEAD tuning.

    Some basses are optimized for BEAD tunings, and will take the lower strings of a 5-string set easily. The necks are reinforced differently for best results. On a typical neck, it's a bad idea to use those same strings for EADG tuning. When you drop-tune, the gauge is offsetting the low tension so the strings aren't too floppy. If you use BEAD strings and tune to BEAD, then there really isn't a problem (not a big one, anyway). But those same strings for EADG? That'd be nuts.

    The important things to note are the circumstances. We don't know if he's drop-tuning his G-string (and he probably isn't). If he's not, it's not good for the neck. Plus, it will have a terribly different feel than the others, if the others are a more "normal" gauge.
  17. FenderP

    FenderP Supporting Member

    May 7, 2005
    Nope. Mine are all strung E to G.

    Only one of my six basses (custom - Rob Allen Deep 4) was reinforced on the neck (it's one of the .75 - .135 ones). I use the thick strings AND high action on all of my basses with NO adverse effects on my neck. The pic is the action on my P. It's been that way since '88, and currently the bridge is raised even higher with metal plates to get that action.

    The Rob Allen Solid 4 handles it with ease ... so I don't know what people's problems are with thick strings, high action, and necks.

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  18. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    Higher action, too? Interesting.

    IMO, that'd be a very difficult bass for me to play. If the neck can take it (which it should), that's cool, but I couldn't play with that kind of tension or action. :p

    I couldn't imagine it being too easy to switch to a lower gauge now, though. Nut aside, that's a lot of truss rod adjustment!
  19. FenderP

    FenderP Supporting Member

    May 7, 2005
    I can't - and never have been able to - stand basses with low action or tension. The higher, the better. Over the years my action has gone up, not down. To each his or her own though. Below is a pic of my raised P bridge. The Solid 4 gets that height and tension without needing to raise the bridge. The Deep 4's bridge was raised a bit. The Takamine TB10 is a different beast and handled the .75 - .135 just fine.

    My only bass with semi-low action is the MUstang, and that bridge was raised as well (not as much as the P).

    My new (well old) '76 fretless P will look like the regular P when all is said and done.

    They've never really tweaked any truss rod on any of my basses, to be honest. It just works.

    I may wind up stringing my P ultimately with .75 - .95 - .110 - .125 (the RS77 thick flat which is technically supposed to be a B).

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  20. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
    hey boglej2 - are your strings tapewounds?

    if they're tapewounds then forget what these guys say.

    If they're tapewounds then don't ever ask their advice because they don't have the right answer for you and will most likely leave out the most obvious piece of the puzzle.

    But if they're not tapewounds...then get a set of .45's or .50's for your bass cause that's a D string.

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