what gauge of strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by kornchild_17, Oct 24, 2001.

  1. kornchild_17

    kornchild_17 Guest

    Mar 31, 2001
    hey I need some help getting strings. I want to tune my bass to c,g,c,f. I was just wondering how thick of strings I will need to tune to this?? thanks for the help..
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    .045-.105 or .050-.110
  3. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    This is my advice: use a 120 or 125 for the C string or it will be too floppy. Some people are happy with heavy 4 string sets, but I think they are too light. If you add .005 gauge per every half step tuned down, you get .125

    eg: between E and C is 4 half steps, or .020 gauge. a 105 E (which is regular medium gauge) plus .020 = .125

    So in english, if you use a 105 for E tuning, youll need a 125 for C tuning to have the same tension. 120 should be okay too. you can get these strings from either a 5 string set (and ditch the G string) or just get custom gauge strings.
  4. Acepiloto


    Aug 25, 2000
    I agree with JMX, I tune to Drop C when playing with my hardcore band, and I use .45-.105 D'Addario (sp). Personally I like the slight floppiness of the strings, I had a .130 in place of the low C, but it was too stiff for my tastes.
    Although, I hope to be getting some DR Hi-Beams soon.:D
  5. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda Guest

    Jun 3, 2000
    CGCF? Which is a Drop-C right?

    Our band tunes C#F#BE

    I use 50-110s on mine and its fine

    So... my advice is

    C = 115
    G = 85
    C = 65
    F = 45

    You could already try the Snarling Dogs Hell Billy's, Nickel, .043 - .115..