Need recommendation for 5-string set...

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by DLM, Jul 6, 2004.

  1. DLM


    May 25, 2004
    I've been playing 4-string bass for an eternity using 45/65/80/100 gauge strings. I've noticed that some string makers don't offer these gauges as part of their 5-string sets, but they do for their 4-string sets.

    So, I have two questions:

    1) What nickel roundwound 5-string sets come standard in 45/65/80/100/xxx without having to make a custom set?
    2) What gauge low B would you recommend?

    Thanks for your help.
  2. bogart


    Dec 11, 2003
    big bear, ca
    I'd check into DR lowriders. By far the best strings I've used. try a 130 low b
  3. DLM


    May 25, 2004
    Unfortunately, DR doesn't offer ready-made 5-string sets in those gauges. I'd have to do a custom order.

    Any other ideas?
  4. tappel


    May 31, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    Shouldn't be a problem.

    Just off the top of my head:

    - D'Addario (with .130 B)
    - GHS Medium Light boomers (.126)
    - Ken Smith's (Rock Masters or Burners) with a .125 B
    - SIT (.125)
    - Ironman 5's (.125) available only at ;)

  5. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Buy a four string set and a separate B string?
  6. DLM


    May 25, 2004


    Of the .125 - .130 B strings that come in these sets, are some less floppy based on the gauge?
  7. tappel


    May 31, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    In theory, a bigger string will have less vibration and therefore less floppiness. However, in reality? We're only talking 5 thousanths of an inch. I've never really had a problem using .125 B strings. But I have never used anything lighter.

  8. tim99

    tim99 Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    D'Addario Electric Bass XL

    Nickel Round Wound


    These come in different lengths...

    I use the super longs in my Skyline Joe Osborne 5 string 35" scale body through...