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What gauge will make a fatter B-String?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by efajardo90, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. efajardo90


    Oct 1, 2010
    Hello there,

    I'm using a mm stingray5, but I haven´t found the right gauge for the 5th string to sound precise, fat, and with a lot of punch. The scale of the instrument is 34"... What gauge will you use to make the B-string sound better?
  2. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    What gauge are you currently using?
  3. curbowkid

    curbowkid Guest

    Jun 27, 2011
    Brooklyn, New York
    Well obviously a .214 circle K string. You want fat ;D

    You can probably get the fat sound you want with a few tweaks of the EQ. Id that doesnt work i guess go with a higher tension B string. It will vibrate more and give off more of a signal to the pickups
  4. efajardo90


    Oct 1, 2010
    I believe i have now a .130 or .125 on the b string...
    the bigger the gauge the fatter the sound?
    whats the maximum gauge, and how do i know i am not hurting the wood?!!
  5. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    You won't hurt the neck. The string will break first. Try a .135.
  6. efajardo90


    Oct 1, 2010
    i'll do... thanks a lot
  7. mccartneyman


    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor, MusicGearReview.com
    Make sure the ball-end wrap will allow a .135 to fit through the tailpiece hole.
  8. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Ernie Ball recommends .130 for a tight low B, that is what I use. Although I have yet to see an Ernie Ball with a tight B...
  9. Man! Yeah, that's a definite consideration. You saved me some potential grief there, thanks!
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    In my experience, no. I use either .120 or .125 on all of my basses and I have some amazing B strings by just about any standard. 34, 34 1/2, 34 5/8 and 36 inch scale lengths.
  11. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    I've been very pleased with a balanced tension Circle K set; the B is .142!

    They warn against stringing through the body. I'm toploading, on my Carvin SB5000.
  12. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    .140 is a nice gauge, to get a tighter B string ;)
  13. mccartneyman


    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor, MusicGearReview.com
    I say this because some won't fit through bridge on my Laklands. Fortunately, the .136 TI Flat B will fit through the hole in my body and TIs are flexible enough to go through body. Some All other brands I've tried on my Laklands -- Lakland Joe Osborn flats, Sadowsky & Chromes go through bridge. For what it's worth, the Sadowsky Black Label flats have a tapered .130 B and sound very nice -- a bit more snap than TIs and fairly standard tension as compared to rounds of the same gauge. Didn't care for the feel or tension of Chromes, which have a .132 B.