String Gauge Help

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Whitechapelle, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. Whitechapelle

    Whitechapelle

    Mar 4, 2017
    I'm going to need some new strings for my 5-string SR505. I'll be playing in a band that does a lot of drop tuning, such as drop B and drop A. I've searched online a bit and can't find what I'm looking for. Any suggestions? The standard light strings I have on now get too slinky when I try to drop tune them.
     
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  2. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    GHS Big Core Bass
     
  3. Whitechapelle

    Whitechapelle

    Mar 4, 2017
    How far down are these strings able to drop tune? Also, what's the life like on there strings? will I need to change them often?
     
  4. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    What is drop-B on a 5? Your standard lowest note is already B.

    Drop A is just a whole step down on the B string. Replace that one with a heavier single if it gets too loose. Go up .010 or .020 from what you have now on that string.
     
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  5. Whitechapelle

    Whitechapelle

    Mar 4, 2017
    Okay, I'll try that. Thanks for the help!
     
  6. ixlramp

    ixlramp Guest

    Jan 25, 2005
    What is the complete list of tunings you will be using? BEADG, BF#BEA and AEADG? If so you'll need an extra-light 4 string set (.090 or .095 E) for the top 4 plus a single .140/.145 for B/A. No pre-packaged set will be suitable (although Kalium Strings have light drop tune sets).
    A standard set will be too tight when tuning up the top 4 strings by 2 semitones.
    Also, what are your favourite gauges for standard BEADG?
     
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  7. Whitechapelle

    Whitechapelle

    Mar 4, 2017
    I settled on some medium gauge D'Addarios. Thanks for all the help guys!
     
  8. ixlramp

    ixlramp Guest

    Jan 25, 2005
    A medium gauge set will have higher strings too tight in drop B and the lowest string too loose tuned to A. However i guess you mean the guitars will be tuned to drop B not necessarily yourself. But still, using a single .145 will really help for A and is fine at B also. Make sure it's a taperwound, the D'Addario .145T are very flexible and harmonic i find.
     
  9. ixlramp

    ixlramp Guest

    Jan 25, 2005
    It really would be a good idea to let us know the tunings you will be using so we can advise a suitable custom set. A pre-packaged set will very likely not be suitable (the set you mention is not, for A).