Is there a big sound difference between .45 and .40

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Jumamoro, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. Jumamoro


    Apr 8, 2007
    Miami FL
    I have always used .45 gauge, but due to teninitis issues I am thinking to move to .40. Anybody out there knows if there is a big difference in sound?
  2. gjooro


    Mar 27, 2006
    The difference is really HUGE
  3. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    The absolute best way to determine this start playing with a .40 gauge string and experience it for yourself. That's what I had to do, in the days before TalkBass...

    A big difference in sound? No, not likely...

    This will clearly differ somewhat from one make & model to another, but generally the lighter gauge string will have a little less "heft" and phatness to the tone, but will probably be a little more supple and flexible, maybe a little "zingier"...

    Again - you really should experiment with a set or two of your favorite brand(s), and see what you think... :meh:

  4. HaVIC5


    Aug 22, 2003
    Brooklyn, NYC
    The more string you have vibrating, the "bigger" the sound is going to be. Granted, the difference between a 45 and 40 is rather minimal in tonal quality, and the deciding factor will likely be how it feels vs how it sounds, but a .50-.110 set will sound a lot thicker and meatier than a .95-.35 set.
  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    There's a difference in feel on most of the basses I've dealt with. I used to use .040 but when I really got into lightening my touch, because of the lower action I needed something that didn't "give" quite as much. Switched to .045 and couldn't be happier. Bigger sound, more control, still very easy to play with low action. A very noticeable difference IME.

    BTW I've been playing for over 30 years now with no muscle issues, knock on Ash. For me it's all about playing comfortably. Less effort, less stress, less problems.
  6. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    It really depends on the strings. With a lot of flats, I find that *I* need a 50 on top to get the sound I want. A 45 will sound wimpy. Again YMMV. I find this very true with Fenders and Chromes.

    However, I did use the soft chromes, with a 45 on top, on short scale basses and liked it. Yup, I used the long scale and cut them short.

    That said, my favorite LaBella flats are the FL, with a 43 on top. To my ear, they sound a lot different, and better, than the FS with a 45 on top.

    So, it really depends on the strings.
  7. DavePlaysBass

    DavePlaysBass Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2004
    I have found that the 45 is a little fatter sounding and the action can be made lower. At this point I find myself liking 45-65-80-100 which is pretty easy on the hands. I used to go 40-60-80-100 and I would have to raise the action. It was the 60 on the D that was usually the driver on action height.
  8. Dincrest


    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    I find 40 twangier sounding than 45. 40 feels really thin to me. I much prefer the feel of 45. 45-100 is my favorite gauge.
  9. Incognitus

    Incognitus Amen!

    Mar 25, 2006
    Eagle River, Alaska
    So a good general rule then? The thicker the string the...bigger/meatier the sound?
  10. nemo


    Mar 19, 2004
  11. treebranch13

    treebranch13 Guest

    Oct 31, 2007
    I would say the difference is about .05, not to be exact or anything.:bag: