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Lighter Strings for Easier Slap/Pop???

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by jokerjkny, May 12, 2006.

  1. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    hey all,

    i've used some pretty heavy guaged strings eversince i first picked up bass, but was wondering is it worth me going down a few guages to sweeten my slap playing?

  2. Volk


    Dec 18, 2005
    South Jersey
    I would think string tension would be a bigger factor than the gauge, and since you can get looser strings in regular gauge I'd try to find some floppy ones before you go and have you get a whole new nut and whatnot.
  3. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    I use 40-100 DR HiBeams or FatBeams on my jazz bass for slapping. The lighter gauge string has a nicer feel to me, with a tighter, more focused sound.
  4. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    I actually prefer a heavy, stiff string and very low action for slap. I think you get a crisper feel, less string movement, and can play cleaner and faster that way.

    Since I play mostly fingerstyle, i've found ways to work with a more flexible string for slap (specifically DR high beams), but if I had a strictly for slap bass, it would be near zero relief and some hex core 45-105s.

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