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Most common string gauge: 4-string, standard tuning

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by HereIGoAgain, Jan 26, 2013.


  1. Extra Lights (0.040-0.095)

    12 vote(s)
    8.0%
  2. Lights (0.045-0.100)

    34 vote(s)
    22.7%
  3. Regular/Medium (0.50-0.105)

    34 vote(s)
    22.7%
  4. Heavy (0.055-0.110 or larger)

    5 vote(s)
    3.3%
  5. Mixed set (0.045-0.105 or similar)

    53 vote(s)
    35.3%
  6. Other

    12 vote(s)
    8.0%
  1. HereIGoAgain

    HereIGoAgain

    Oct 16, 2011
    I'm curious as to the most common string gauge for 4-string bassists here on TB. I'm not looking to compare flats vs. half-rounds vs. round-wounds, nor am I looking at brand choices.

    Even if you don't reply, please vote in the poll. Thanks.
     
  2. Register_To_Disable

  3. I voted other- 40 60 80 100 for me
     
  4. HereIGoAgain

    HereIGoAgain

    Oct 16, 2011
    I do need to ask this.... Early results indicate the mixed sets are leading. :)

    I know with guitar that mixed sets like the 0.009-0.046 set that Jeff Beck prefers or the Ernie Ball "Skinny Top Heavy Bottom" 0.010-0.052 set give a player ability to do a lot of bends and fast lead riffs while giving some meat for driving rhythms. What benefit does a mixed set give a bass player?
     
  5. BassKitty101

    BassKitty101

    Jun 28, 2012
    Oregon
    Endorsing Artist: Luna Guitars, Ashdown Engineering, Cactus Picks
    How are the extra lights guys? I use lights myself and have loved those over regulars but I've never gone lighter.
     
  6. rpsands

    rpsands

    Jul 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I use balanced sets from D'addario by picking out individual strings and calculating the tension.

    My current 36-33.5" fanned bass uses this set for ~28lbs of tension per string give or take.

    130, 90, 65, 50, 32

    On my CGDG tuned 34" scale bass, I use:
    125 80 50 40
     
  7. Lights (0.045-0.100).

    D'addario EXL170 strings
     
  8. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Most popular based on sales...

    45-100
    45-105
     
  9. HereIGoAgain

    HereIGoAgain

    Oct 16, 2011
    So far it looks like SLaPiNFuNK's experience is replicating itself here. Mixed sets are in the lead with lights a close second. Heavies are bringing up the rear.

    I've got lights on my Jazz bass now, and I think I might go to .045-.105s next.
     
  10. My favorite is the 40-95, with a 47-107 being on the other. (I'm erratic with gauges. :atoz:)

    --Silvie
     
  11. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    US
    I think bassist who go down the path of experimenting with different strings eventually go with a lighter gauge like .40 - .100. Reason being they're less tension, easier on the fingers, have a clearer tone, and can still get quite thumpy and bassy.
     
  12. I clicked 'Other' as I use 50.70.85.110 for standard tuning. The sound is very heavy, the strings bite back as they're quite taut and 85 A has similar tension to 110 E. It's good for playing fast.

    I wouldn't mind using lighter strings, as they give a very nice, clear tone and sustain. But for now...
     
  13. HereIGoAgain

    HereIGoAgain

    Oct 16, 2011
    My G and D string notes usually cut through pretty well. My A and E string notes can get tubby/muddy/flabby when I really start digging in. I'm considering a mixed set of there's a chance it'll fix that.
     
  14. hasbeen

    hasbeen Commercial User

    Sep 23, 2004
    Vice President, KMC Music. Warwick U.S. distribution
    .045 through .105 is going to be the largest market segment
     
  15. BobaFret

    BobaFret Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2008
    ^ this
     
  16. klejst

    klejst

    Oct 5, 2010
    Been using D'Addario nickle wound regular lights (.45-.100) for years, love them!
     
  17. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    .45-.105 for me. Add a .125 for a low B
     
  18. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

    Aug 23, 2011
    45-105 on everything if I can. 45-100 chromes when I dont have a choice. Once my Pbass is done I'm going to try 50-110 again.
     
  19. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9

    Sep 1, 2007
    Arizona
    Rounds 45 or 50 105
    Flats 40-95 for less tension
     
  20. Out of curiosity, which name brand is the most popular based on sells - or is it all over the map?