Should I go lite gauge?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Groover, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Groover


    Jun 28, 2005
    Ohio, USA
    I've always used medium gauge or higher (105 for standard rounds, 109 on Labella flats for the E string) - I've always assumed the fatter the string, the better.

    I'm typically playing Precision Basses, so flats, etc work well on that. I now have a '74 Jazz bass that I'm really itching to play out.

    It's currently strung with Fender 7150 Pure Nickels, but I think it's choking that "Jazz" sound.

    Thinking about going with light gauge (100) DR Low-Riders Nickel Plated....

    Good idea? Will I lose a lot of thump going lite gauge?

    I don't slap nor pick, but I do play a pretty heavy fingerstyle

  2. WookieeForLife

    WookieeForLife Guest

    Sep 30, 2008
    Try it. What do you got to lose. $20? Dont take other peoples opinion. Go form one of your own. Thats the thing i would do. Good luck.


    Oct 10, 2008
    Not a chance! DR Lo-Riders whether in nickel or stainless have plenty
    of thump! The nickels do indeed have more though.
  4. I am a fingerstyle player myself. I prefer lites do to my joint problems. With the right EQing, they have plenty of thump. I also prefer nickels on my rounds. They sound really good on my P basses.
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I think there's something to the sound of heavier strings. I wouldn't classify it as better or worse than light gauge, but there is a heaviness to the tone. But in the long run it really doesn't matter, so play the gauge strings you like.
  6. LzeroKI

    LzeroKI Guest

    Dec 24, 2006
    Charlotte, NC
    From when I started playing up until a few months ago I always thought the heavier the gauge the better, then one day I bought a set of light gauge GHS boomers because I really needed new strings, after getting used to having them on my SX Precision they have become my favorite strings, just for the shear play-ability factor, I can bend a note like hell with these strings.

    However, this may not apply to everyone, so my suggestion is to try em, and if you don't like em, stick with med. gauge.
  7. DavePlaysBass

    DavePlaysBass Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2004
    I have gone back and forth. Presently I play at Church in a modern approach on traditional with a hint of Gospel. In a different seeting I play classic rock and old country. In these settings where I consider my playing to be more in pocket and supportitive, I am liking the traditional 45-105 gauges. I have played a lot of light gauge strings. For me they are great when doing virtuoso stuff. But for meat and potato pocket playing, I like the 45-105. There is a low mid punch that supports and fills the room. I have changed my mind many times regarding string preference. But this is my latest opinion. :)
  8. I play mostly on heavy strings (.054-.111 for DGCF tuning) but I've got a P-bass in that tuning with .040-.095 strings, and it is a blast to play. The sound still has plenty of balls, and those light strings really make the bass easy to fly around on.
  9. Mr Venus

    Mr Venus Guest

    Aug 23, 2005
    I love light strings - I use 35-55-70-90 Rotosounds. I have small hands, so this really helps the playability. I've never felt they lack any bottom end or punch.