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What Gauge B String Do You Play?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by rydin4lifebass, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. I'm just asking out of curiosity as I'm in the market for new strings. I tend to favor a .125 or .130 at most. I tried a .135 and even though I'm a bigger guy, it was way too much to fret for me.
  2. 130 taper
  3. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
  4. esa372

    esa372 Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I used to play a .125 or .128 taper on my Pentabuzz, but that was before I changed the tuning to E-C. :D
  5. VeganThump


    Jun 29, 2012
    South Jersey
    .158 tuned to A. I play fingerstyle with a medium touch and I literally had absolutely no issue fretting that thick of a gauge. Oh and I use my B string a lot, particularly for low D-G notes, I hate using open strings.
  6. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
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  7. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass What the .............. Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
    kesslari every time I listen to your yt stuff I have to just smile and tap my feet..... :D:bassist:;)
  8. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    .135, but sometimes a .130. Anything less is flop city!
  9. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    .125 like how the bigger ones feel but don't think they sound as good. Tone wins.
  10. :eyebrow: .118 so, Flop City, I guess :meh: ya learn something everyday :(
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  12. oh now that's just ridiculous :rolleyes:
  13. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Personal preference of course, but it would be to me. A .118 B string is the equivalent of having an .85 E string. But again, personal preference.
  14. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    .130. It's the only option with Sunbeams.
  15. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    I use the .043 through .142 Circle K balanced tension set in standard tuning.

    That .142 seemed big at first, but it was easier than I expected to get used to it. The benefit of having even tension across the strings is well worth it. IMO, IME, YMMV.
  16. esoxhntr

    esoxhntr Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2007
    Markham, Ontario

    Yes, I'm a wus...
  17. More like .089 on that E-string :rolleyes: mine's a .090.
    It have a lot to do with the bass as well, you know that whole "Wood Doesn't Matter" thing :rolleyes: whaddya know, Rock Maple neck through with Ebony fingerboard and I can get a stable F# out of a .142 :rolleyes: go figure.
    Try that on one of my other basses then yeah, Flop City.
  18. JSpradBass


    Mar 3, 2013
    Columbus, OH
  19. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011