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String gauge for F# tuning?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by CavanMichaelide, Oct 28, 2013.


  1. CavanMichaelide

    CavanMichaelide

    Oct 28, 2013
    What gauge string should I use for this tuning? really stuck because I can't find anything thicker than .135 and they're just not cutting it!
     
  2. Stealth

    Stealth

    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    According to the almighty Google, Rotosound has a Drop Zone 66 set that has a .175 for an F#, which sounds about right. Circle K Strings has them in gauges from .166 to .190.
     
  3. CavanMichaelide

    CavanMichaelide

    Oct 28, 2013
    Thank you!
     
  4. Crazy_Climer

    Crazy_Climer

    Jan 15, 2012
    Central WA
    I see it's already been mentioned, but Circle K strings was going to be my suggestion. Now... if only there was someone who made flat-wound strings for the same purpose!
     
  5. ixlramp

    ixlramp

    Jan 25, 2005
    UK
  6. I never seen the Point to going down F#. Am going to say A or even G is as far as I would go.
     
  7. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Or tune you bass if you have a 5 or 6 stringer to Bb standard :

    Bb F Bb Eb Ab Db

    A# F A# D# G# C# in sharps :p

     
  8. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Seattle
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    I tune my 4 to octave down E - a place for everything . . . .
     
  9. MonkeyBass

    MonkeyBass

    Mar 22, 2009
    Denver, CO
    I think you should tune your E-string UP to F#!! Buck the trend!! Quit playing so low no one can hear you and make music that's heavy due to good song writing instead of low tunings.

    OK, I got my "get off my lawn" old-guy-rant out of the way.

    Good luck.
     
  10. Am going to try that.
     
  11. Yeah G# sounds about right;) but of course you still need to find a good F# and C# string:smug:
     
  12. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Then you are more in the range of .180 for the F# and probably around .220 for C#

     
  13. I Can understand what your getting at the Lowest you should go is A. Maybe G# at the lowest other wise its sounds like a fart.
     
  14. Depends on the scale length a Circle K .254 makes a good F#(11.56hz) @ 40":D
    I play bass guitar because I love making that low thunderous sound but yeah that time/place thing whatever:rolleyes:
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  15. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always overcompensating Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    SoCal
    *TB user posts thread asking for tips on lower gauge strings.*

    *Gets opinions from people that don't like lower tunings.*

    Looks about right.
     
  16. In September of 1999 .135 was the biggest string I could find but I it to an F# anyway.
    OP I feel your pain and frustration but there is hope for you now.
     
  17. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    xD I can't even imagen what I would do with a stirng like that

     
  18. MonkeyBass

    MonkeyBass

    Mar 22, 2009
    Denver, CO
    Yes. Because tuning below the range of human hearing or what your amp can reproduce is... well I dunno, seems strange to me.

    I like the super low bass notes that pipe organs make. But look a the size of the pipes!! Those subsonic notes are great but can your bass guitar make them as nicely? I've only heard a small hand full of basses and amps that can handle a low B string let alone going down to an F#.

    Hey, do what you gotta do. String your bass up with aircraft cables and bits of cheese for all I care. Just don't complain when no one can hear your bass in the mix.

    Now, get off my lawn!!
     
  19. I just find it pointless. Its going to sound like a fart anyways which I tryed it a few times.
     

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