Strung Guage and Tone

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Microbass, Jul 11, 2003.

  1. I did a brief search, but didn't come up with many results...

    So I'm wondering if someone could explain how the guage of strings affects the tone?

    Thanks. :)
  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    the thicker the guage, the bigger the bottom end, ususally. The bigger strings have more mass, and the usually have more tension, too. but it's within reason. i mean, you wouldn't want a .200 string. It'd be craziness.
  3. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    Thinner guage strings (which I prefer) have more harmonic content than thicker guages. Notes are more piano like in tone is a way to say it. Thicker guage strings have more fundamental, more bottom, as was said.

    I prefer the sound and feel of thinner strings.

    My 4 string set is 40 - 55 - 75 - 95 I believe.
  4. I've always thought the piano-like tone was the fundamental.....I don't hear a lot of growl on most pianos.....

  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    It's not the growl, it's the brilliant overtones.

    I prefer light gauges too, .035,.055, .075, .095, and still PLENTY of lowend.
  6. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    I never said anything about growl. I said harmonic content, which like JMX said was the brilliant overtones.

    Thicker gauge strings have more fundamental and less harmonics. Thinner strings have more pronounced harmonic overtones.

    Listen to a piano. The note rings out clear and full. That fullness is the harmonic overtones filling the space around the note. Without strong overtones, I would imagine a piano would sound very lifeless.