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String guage

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ed_sped2, Dec 21, 2012.


  1. ed_sped2

    ed_sped2

    Dec 21, 2012
    Hi everyone! I am a guitarist turned bassist, and I know very little about the tricks of the trade. I played guitar for 17 years before I joined a band in Kansas City that needed a bass player. I've had a Cort Curbow laying around for ages that I've been using as a stop-gap, and I am currently in the market for a Warwick Thumb, FNA, or Fortress.

    The strings that I am currently using are too heavy a gauge for my taste. I'd like to preserve some low end thump, but I'd also like a little bit of pop and snap on the high end. I figured I'd solicit input from the masters before cycling through a ton of different strings.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Love the Circle K balanced sets. I tune to D standard most of the time and use the .118 balanced sets. I have a couple E basses too and use the .112 balanced sets. It's a noticeable difference, IMO.
     
  3. Betrayer_Bass

    Betrayer_Bass Profanity Fish. Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Oslo, Norway
    Endorsing: Spector basses, Winspear Picks, Spector Formula 603 strings
    D'Addarios! Use the regular light gauge and you'll be happy :)
     
  4. Definitely so! I love light gauge D'Addario ProSteels. You can get a great metallic, bright, punchy tone from them and still have that "thump" that you want in the low end. I was blown away the first time I strung my ADJ Bass with them.
     
  5. Betrayer_Bass

    Betrayer_Bass Profanity Fish. Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Oslo, Norway
    Endorsing: Spector basses, Winspear Picks, Spector Formula 603 strings
    Yeah, ProSteels are where it's at. That or the the Nickelwound ones aren't bad either :)
     
  6. ed_sped2

    ed_sped2

    Dec 21, 2012
    I'll give these a go. I've currently got some half-rounds on my Curbow, and I hate them. They are definitely not my thing.
     
  7. You'll get definitely get that awesome high-end pop that you're looking for. What music do you play?
     
  8. I agree with the D'Addario recommendations. I like EXL-170s but also use 165s on one bass. Thicker E and A.
     
  9. RedMoses

    RedMoses

    Jul 4, 2012
    NYC
  10. MCS4

    MCS4 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    I've always used GHS Bass Boomers, medium-light gauge, whenever possible. I like the lower tension, and these have plenty of bass response. I only bump up to a very slightly heavier gauge (medium) if I'm detuning the low E string past D or so.