Newb question - loose strings?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by SuperBassSam, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. SuperBassSam


    Feb 9, 2009
    Dorset, UK
    Hi all,

    I have an Ibanez SR500BM and I love it. However, I really think that tighter strings on the bass will really suit my playing style, as it almost feels like the strings move too much when I pluck them. Is there any way to tighten them, or should I buy a thicker set of strings?


  2. LilRay

    LilRay Commercial User

    Dec 27, 2007
    Between my Roscoe and Leather
    Owner: Cockeyed Cow Custom Leathercraft
    Sam I'd look into changing the strings, but not neccesarily to a thicker gauge. You can get higher tension without going thicker. I don't know what Ibanez uses but I'd try something like GHS Boomers. Bass strings are a core wire with wrapped wire for the gauge. Hex Cores tend to have higher tension than round cores.

    Good Luck.
    God Bless, Ray
  3. This may be an obvious thing, but are you sure you're tuned to pitch?