String gauge for C#

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Azathoth696, Sep 6, 2017.

  1. Azathoth696

    Azathoth696

    May 19, 2016
    México
    Hi everyone!

    So my name is Enrique and this is my first post :)

    I recently purchased a brand new Jackson JSV3, 5 strings, and the thing is that the strings it has from the manufacturers are way too thin for the tuning :/

    So my bass should be tuned in C#, which would be like this:

    G# - 5
    C# - 4
    F# - 3
    B - 2
    E - 1

    My question is, what string gauge should I be using for this? I would like to have good tension without the strings buzzing with the frets all the time.

    Thank you, everyone and greetings from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

    Best regards,
    Enrique
     
  2. Last edited: Sep 6, 2017
  3. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    First off, that's not tuning to C#. Tuning is normally named from the lowest note, which in your case would be G#.

    Second, are you tuning up 9 halfsteps or down 4 half steps from standard BEADG?
     
  4. ixlramp

    ixlramp Guest

    Jan 25, 2005
    I guess you mean EADG dropped to C# standard, plus a low G#?
    Use the Kalium chart to see what tensions you like for each of your strings then use those tension values to choose the new gauges.

    Find out what string gauges are on your bass.

    Then for each string:
    Retune it until it feels the right tension.
    Knowing the gauge, look up the tension on the chart.
    Use that tension value to choose the gauge for your intended tuning.