String Guage

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Don Sanders, Sep 5, 2020.


  1. Don Sanders

    Don Sanders

    May 16, 2018
    Winnsboro TX
    I play a Spector short scale bass and am looking for your collective wisdom. What is the difference in sound I would get from a 105 gauge 4th string and a 100 gauge 4th string?
    Would there be any perceptible difference ?
    Thanks for the knowledge
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    If you notice anything at all except the thinner gauge, I'd be surprised.
     
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  3. Based on my experience, changing gauges, either up or down, would affect the way they FEEL more than how they SOUND.
     
  4. gigetto

    gigetto

    Sep 25, 2019
    Italy
    I use light gauge. Less roughness same tone of regular set less tension. Try.The cons? Are less long lasting than normal but it is a my idea.
     
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  5. Don Sanders

    Don Sanders

    May 16, 2018
    Winnsboro TX
    Thanks for your input
     
  6. gigetto

    gigetto

    Sep 25, 2019
    Italy
    Try Roto66 95-38 or D'Addario's EXL 220
     
  7. Beto Starosta

    Beto Starosta

    Aug 31, 2020
    The only difference for me is that playing a thicker E string on the lower frets creates a more bouncy tone if you know what I mean.
     
  8. gigetto

    gigetto

    Sep 25, 2019
    Italy
    Yes could be but for intonation for high notes I prefer to play on higher strings
     
  9. zontar

    zontar

    Feb 19, 2014
    J-5
    I've used both on my short scale--but no real difference other than some in feel, as others have shared.
     
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  10. Don Sanders

    Don Sanders

    May 16, 2018
    Winnsboro TX
    Thank you
     
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  11. In a lab, sure. I'm sure a tension chart would show a small difference in lbs/ft at pitch.

    In real life, using the same brand/set (say a Boomer 105 vs. a Boomer 100), unless you have exceptional hands and perception, almost nothing.
     
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  12. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    I use 55 - 105. I notice the difference when playing smaller strings. Some would say it plays easier. That's the best way to describe it. Lighter strings play easier. Thats bad for me because I don't play soft much.
     
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  13. gigetto

    gigetto

    Sep 25, 2019
    Italy
    Lighter gauge are more balanced in tension in my honest opinion.
     
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  14. 3684799953275

    3684799953275 Guest

    Aug 21, 2020
    I like 45 to 100 GHS Progressives on my short scale basses and my 36 scale basses. When i was experimenting on 105s, i didnt feel like I was as happy with the sounds i was getting compared to the 100s...
     
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  15. gigetto

    gigetto

    Sep 25, 2019
    Italy
    On Mikro I've still original strings. HArd and not soft feeling are still high tension for a short scale....but for many absence of floppiness in 28.5" is a plus.
     
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