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string guages

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by brianh, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. brianh

    brianh Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2005
    Endorsing: Epifani Amplification
    Ok, so this is a completely subjective question but I'm having problems with string guages. I play several different basses for lots of different types of gigs, so consistent setup is a challange when trying to get the right sound/feel.

    Does anyone know what specific string guages are used by some of bass legends that do lots of different gigs (i.e. Will Lee, Nathan East, Pino Palladino, Anthony Jackson, etc...)?

    I tend to be more of a groove player with an agressive touch. However, I also play lots of jazz and gospel where I need to be more agile. I generally use heavier strings (.50, .70, .85, .105, .125)...

    ok...enough pointless description...what's everyone using?
  2. DavePlaysBass


    Mar 31, 2004
    Everything is a compromise. I just switched from 40-60-80-100-128 to 45-65-80-105-125. I think for hanging in the groove the heavier strings are better. On the other hand, extended jams with lots of fast improve is easier with the lighter gauge strings. I used to swear by 45-65-80-100.

  3. bkief1


    Dec 25, 2005
    > "I used to swear by 45-65-80-100."

    I still do!

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