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New to bass guitars.

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Joey_kidd, Dec 28, 2002.

  1. Joey_kidd


    Dec 28, 2002
    I'm new to bass guitars. and one of my questions is how do I find out the size of the strings on my guitar? And what is gauge?
  2. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    Medium gauge would be 100 with lights at 90 and heavy at 110. Just to make it interesting theres hybrids medium lights slinky extra extra slinky frozen (do you want mayo with that).

    Re finding out the size or gauge of your strings you need to measure the E string (fat one on a four string). You can do it by getting access to a micrometer or vernier caliper (which are pretty specialised engineering measuring instruments) or by comparison (ie go to a shop and ask them to show you a medium (100) E string and compare it to the one on your bass (take the bass or the string into the shop). If you have a bass playing mate get them to compare it to the one on their bass.
  3. buju


    Jan 1, 2003
    St. Louis, MO, USA
    Unless you're playing a short scale bass, most strings are going to fit just fine.

    Gauge is the thickness of the strings. The gauge isn't really something you need to measure if you don't know exactly what you want, just try out different kinds when you buy new strings. I like lighter gauges because they are easier to play, but if you go with thicker ones you can get better tone. Whatever you like.