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Need recommendation for 5-string set...

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


  1. DLM

    DLM

    May 25, 2004
    California
    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

    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

    DLM

    May 25, 2004
    California
    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

    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 www.bassguitarstrings.us. ;)

    Tom
     
  5. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

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

    DLM

    May 25, 2004
    California

    Tom,

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

    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.

    Tom
     
  8. tim99

    tim99 Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    D'Addario Electric Bass XL

    Nickel Round Wound

    .045
    .065
    .080
    .100
    .130

    These come in different lengths...

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