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string diameters

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by Don Higdon, Dec 23, 2001.

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  1. Don Higdon

    Don Higdon In Memoriam

    Dec 11, 1999
    Princeton Junction, NJ
    Does anyone have a micrometer?
    I'd like to know the diameters of E,A,D,G in the following sets:
    Oliv or Eudoxa
    Inches or mm, I'll do the conversions
  2. Sorry, I don't have all of them, but here's the result for those I have:

    Flexocor E: 2.53 mm
    Flexocor A: 1.94 mm
    Flexocor D: 1.54 mm
    Flexocor G: 1.26 mm

    Spirocore E: 2.82 mm
    Spirocore D: 1.77 mm

    Hope this helps!
  3. Oops, forgot my Oliv G: 1.83 mm
  4. Oliv E - .1350" - 3.43mm
    Oliv A - .1035" - 2.63mm
  5. Don,

    Measured where?
  6. Don Higdon

    Don Higdon In Memoriam

    Dec 11, 1999
    Princeton Junction, NJ
    on the playing length
  7. flexocor
    G - 0.535
    D - 0.67
    A - 0.95
    E - 1.16

    Helicore Orchestrals Heavy
    G - 0.55
    D - 0.61
    A - 0.75
    E - 1.06

    Both E strings are Extended E's
  8. Velvet Garbo
    (in inches)

    E - .1112
    A - .0969
    D - .0934
    G - .0923

    You can see that the A,D,and G string differ by just a few thousandths.
    I just put a set of the garbos on my Kay today.
    I had Innovation 140B E and A and LaBella plain gut D and G. This was a well matched set that played and sounded great.
    I recorded a before and after - the jury's still out, though the garbos do sound good.
    The G is hard to bow.
  9. 2cvhound


    Jun 21, 2009
    Ipswich UK
    Hi folks

    I have a battered DB which has been sitting around for at least 20 years. It was owned by someone who used it for Jazz I think. The strings are rather strange because their approx gauges are

    E - 2.8mm
    A - 2.1mm
    D - 2.8mm
    G - 2.1mm

    Measurements are approximate using a steel pincer tool. Obviously these are not correct. I am new to DB playing , having done a lot of classical guitar as a teenager and electric bass, with some fretless. I have little knowledge of DB. Can anyone recommend a starter set of strings (preferably cheap!) and what gauge? I plan to use the thing for messing around trying a bit of folk/jazz/rockabilly/all sorts. I also plan to get a rudimentary pick up to amplify it.

    I am reasonably happy about restringing it - one at a time, I know - having done classical/electric/bass etc many times. Should I oil/grease the machine heads, or wait and see how stiff they are when I restring?

    All advice welcome


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