String gauges question

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Cz93, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. Cz93


    Jan 4, 2009
    hi i see a lot of strings that are (for instance) 45 65 80 100 and i was wondering what that difference is from that to a 45 65 85 105. the 45-105 are all a difference of 20 from each string wouldnt that make sence than the more common 45-100? please explain thank you
  2. LilRay

    LilRay Commercial User

    Dec 27, 2007
    Between my Roscoe and Leather
    Owner: Cockeyed Cow Custom Leathercraft
    IIRC 45-105 (Medium) is the "Standard" and most common. Other gauges are used/preferred to achieve certain tone or technique. It's all your personal preference. It makes the most "sense" when it's most comfortable to you. Nevermind what's "common"

    God Bless, Ray
  3. First off, just as an example, compare this:

    With this:

    As you can see, in terms of "tension", the 45-105 seems a little more balanced than the 45-100.

    So, why do so many people prefer the 45-100?
    I think it has to do with the other factor (i.e. "stiffness") in determining what feels right and comfortable. G and D are by nature easier to play than A and E. So, by having the bottom two strings (E & A) not quite as "stiff" as the top two (D & G), it actually improves on playability. At least, this is my theory as a non-expert.

    I do prefer the 45-105 (for rounds) personally as I don't like the bottom two too floppy. For flats, I'm more comfortable with 40-60-80-100 due to their increased stiffness.
  4. John Wentzien

    John Wentzien

    Jun 25, 2007
    Elberta, AL
    Artist:TC Electronic RH450 bass system (original test-pilot)
    I'm a 45-105 guy...100 on the E is too floppy IMO.

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