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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by LittleHetzel, Oct 24, 2001.

  1. LittleHetzel


    Aug 15, 2001

    This is jon. I am at school again, its computer programming, it sucks. i was wondering all about strings. What are the "guages" and what type of gauge is good for which style of playing? what is the difference in sound that comes from different gauge strings?
    i have a Squier Affinity P-Bass, i still have the original strings on it. Does anyone know what kinda strings they are? any suggestions for a nice pair of strings that i could get that are good for all types of playing? any info, would be appreciated, thanks

  2. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    Well first of all, 45-105 are pretty much the standard string gauges. When you play with your fingers, you generally want a thinner string, and when you play with a pick, you generally want a thicker one. String gauges are different from wire gauges because when the number goes up, the string gets heavier, unlike with wire where the number goes up and the wire gets thinner.

    Here is a quote from the Squier website about what strings come on Squier basses:

    So that means that your Squier bass has 45-100 gauge strings on it. If you like them, get some more 45-100's then! I just wouldnt recommend Fenders... you should try something else, IMO.

    Ernie Ball strings are very good and very cheap. They are only $16 a set, which is better than the usual $25 for other sets. Hybrid Slinkys are 45-105 "medium gauge." I prefer Original Slinkys, which are 50-105 because I use a pick a lot.