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PRS factory Grainger bass strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by generation zero, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. generation zero

    generation zero

    Jul 24, 2012
    Got a few questions for anyone "in the know" on the factory strings that came on my PRS Gary Grainger 5.

    The hang tag says the gauge is 43 - 127. I've only ever seen strings available in increments of 5... like say 45 - 130... are these custom wound to those exact sizes for a reason? What gauges are the other 3 strings in the set? And where could I get more strings that taper down in size to the bridge saddle like these do? I couldn't find the PRS bass strings on their website site anywhere for purchase...

    Additionally, I tune my bass down a half step, and then the low B and E strings a whole step from there... so my tuning low to high is G# C# G# C# F#. What gauge strings should I use to acheive roughly the same string tension the bass had when I got it, tuned to standard B E A D G tuning? And where can I get those with the bridge end taper winding, since that is the string set I really need to be using?

    You can kind of make out the taper thing I'm talking about in this pic, it's only on the three lowest strings:


    Any answers would be appreciated... Thanks!
  2. Toptube

    Toptube Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    it's possible the gauges are like that, to achieve balanced tension/feel on the strings.

    As far as the taper core/exposed core at the saddles, several brands offer that.

    If you want to try and match the guages/feel exactly, you might have a look at Circle K strings. They have tons of guage options, allowing you to build up a custom set in just about anyway possible. They also do taper core/exposed core on most of their larger strings.

    *do the strings on your PRS have silk at the tuner end? If so, what color?
  3. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    You can get just about any gauge string set you want from bassstringsonline.com
  4. jschwalls


    Sep 4, 2007
    Savannah GA
  5. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

  6. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Alien Audio / Mesa Fanatic!! Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    They sound great on the Grainger. Incredible, in fact. Just ordered two sets from BSO.
    mmbongo likes this.
  7. tink9975


    Aug 10, 2006
    MoCo, MD
    hey Rich, where were you playing a Grainger?
    those strings do look interesting, they might help the string balance issue Im having
  8. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Alien Audio / Mesa Fanatic!! Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    Bill's House of Music. I pick it up later this week. Best bass I've ever played and I almost didn't even try it.
  9. tink9975


    Aug 10, 2006
    MoCo, MD
    awesome, hope there is another GTG sometime this summer, would love to see it.
  10. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Alien Audio / Mesa Fanatic!! Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    If we don't have a GTG and you want to meet up sometime to try it, we can work something out. At $3099 these are not cheap basses, but it's still a lot of bang for the buck. I'm completely sold.