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String question

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Dire, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. Dire


    Jul 12, 2003
    This may be a silly question but...

    I’ve been playing Bass guitar for about 6 months and am thinking of restringing using thicker gauge strings to achieve a deeper sound.

    If I use thicker strings will I still be able to tune to standard 4 string notes (G,D,A,E).

    I was thinking of using the following gauges -

    65 - G
    80 - D
    105 - A
    130 - E

    I would appreciate any advice anyone can give me.


    Lee Newport.
  2. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I certainly wouldn't use those strings for standard four-string tuning. If you want heavy, you can get .050-.110, .050-.115, and .055-.110, and maybe some others. Those are pretty heavy for standard tuning.

    Also, IME, thicker strings may be punchier, but they won't necessarily sound any deeper.
  3. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
  4. It seems like the guys have answered it the first time very clearly. Why ask a second?