String Gauge and Tone question

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by mksolid, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. mksolid


    Jan 4, 2005
    I can't seem to find good info on this. If I want to play bluegrass and jazz, and maybe some Beatles rock, what gauge is the best, and also flat or round? I'm thinking flat because I understand that flat lends itself to the clear jazz sound, and I also read that Paul used flats for Abbey Road and what not. But then my bigger question is how does gauge work out? All I can find is that the "heavier the gauge the fatter the tone". So is it still possible for me to achieve what I want with lights... or should I get heavies and if so, are they much harder to play. I have only ever used Rotosound Mediums on my bass (i dont get out much)
  2. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    Flatwounds are naturally stiffer than rounds. I think you'll get the flatwound tone with any gauge.