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My E string "gives" too much when I slap.

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by syciprider, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    I think that my E is not snappy enough for slapping. Instead of resisting the action of my thumb and snapping back, it feels floppy and goes too far down with my thumb for my taste. It's a Dado .100 from the 170XL set. Will a slightly lighter gauge (i.e. skinnier, maybe .95) string give me the taughtness I want?

  2. dee rob

    dee rob

    Feb 3, 2003
    austin, tx
    IME, the lighter the gauge that you use equates to less tension.(if you're comparing the same brand) You might want to try a heavier gauge string instead.

  3. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    Go for a .105, and if you really want to juice it up, go for the XL Pro Steel set instead of the nickels.

    Taking some relief out of the neck may help as well. Nearly-zero relief is best for thumbstyle IME.
  4. FunkSlap89


    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    also try hex core... supposedly not quite as flexible as round core... i prefer round core, but i like having the flex too.... so i guess its all personal opinion...