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mixing string gauges

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by DTF, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. DTF


    Feb 14, 2010
    Hey I have a set of labella 760fls and fms I prefer the tone from the d&g on the fms but the tension on the a&e on the fls would mixing the 2 be a problem?
  2. Schmo_bass

    Schmo_bass Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    Bumping a zombie thread.

    Same question in reverse.

    I prefer the richer tone and taught feel of the A & E string from the FS set, but the less tense and more easy to fret feel of the FL’d D & G. Is mixing for the bass?
  3. ixlramp


    Jan 25, 2005
    No problem as long as all strings are from the same string line.
    It's actually a very good idea to create custom gauge sets to perfect the per-string tensions for your needs.
    Traditional sets are often top-heavy, they have more tension on the higher strings, many players prefer more equal tensions.
    A few (like me) prefer bottom-heavy sets, but such sets do not exist despite being optimum in many ways.
  4. Schmo_bass

    Schmo_bass Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    Yes indeed. i like my lower string to be taught, thumping and woody, and the FS set 105 gauge just delivers this in a way the 104 does not. Similar for the A.

    But I want my upper strings to be more limber and easy to fret for doing fills.

    So my question is: by mixing am I at any risk of damaging the neck via uneven pull on the truss rod?

    That said, if I had to guess, the mixture of strings I’ve created feels potentially at least as balanced than the FS standard, whereim the D and G seem higher in tension than the A at least. (Too bad LaBella doesn’t publish tension figures).

    still, figure I will query the wisdom. Of TB to be sure before leaving my new Fender Jazz AmPro like this for a spell...

  5. "43-60-85-105" (FL/FS) would be better balanced in tension than a traditional "45-65-80-100" set. So, if anything, you're actually doing the neck some good.
  6. ixlramp


    Jan 25, 2005
    ^ Yes that.
    Many traditional sets are extemely top heavy and more imbalanced than a gently bottom-heavy set.
  7. ixlramp


    Jan 25, 2005
    For example see the insane tensions of this tradiitional flats set:

    GHS Precision Flats in the regular gauge (55-105)
    G 055 - 68.8
    D 070 - 62.2
    A 090 - 56.9
    E 105 - 41.2
  8. ixlramp


    Jan 25, 2005
    So in fact you don't like bottom-heavy sets, you actually like sets with more equal tensions.
    Perhaps try building a custom set from singles by using a tension chart to acheive equal tensions. Such a set may be something like 45 60 80 105, these gauges tend to result in near-equal tensions.

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