What guage of strings do you use

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by HMZ, Jan 31, 2004.

  1. HMZ

    HMZ Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    What guage of strings do you use ?
    I like 45-65-80-100
  2. yeh i use 45-100 also...
  3. I used a lighter gauge: 40; 60;75; 95 I like to get that floppy sound :smug:
  4. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  6. Hey JMX - do you feel you get a more round bassy bottom with lighter strings? I think Gail Ann Dorsey uses very light strings too, and she has a very warm bassy sound I like a lot. So does light strings + light touch = warm bassy sound?

    ... BTW - I might have said it before, but I just love your signature. Do you if it's for real? Did someone really say that? :smug:
  7. appler

    appler Guest

    I use .040-.095
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
  9. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I'm not sure if I get a bassier sound, I've been using that gauge for too long to remember other gauges, but at least nobody ever complained about the sound of my bass, not even bassists who tried it. I really like their feel, though. I tried to use heavier ones again, but I didn't like it at all.

    As for the quote, I'd like to think it's legit, but I think it's to good to be true. I found it years ago on the web.
  10. .065 .080 .105 .130 live, .050 .070 .090 .110 studio
  11. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    .40-.60-.80-1.00 stainless steels on my Godin
    .45-1.00 flatwounds on my Essex fretless
    .45-1.05 roundwounds on Hohner.
  12. Im a sock

    Im a sock

    Dec 23, 2002
    Central MA
    .103 - .43 mostly. I feel that .105s are too thick and .100s are too thin. This is juuuuuuuuuust right.
  13. Hey Sock, where do you get strings in that gauge?
  14. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I've been using .050-.105 on my Precision, but when these die, I'm going to try .050-.110. All the same gauges except the E. The P seems to like a heavy E for clarity.

    And IME, yes, lighter gauges seem to me to give a warmer, bassier sound. I'm looking for tighter and thumpier, my P is warm enough. ;)
  15. Thanks Flatwound. I guess that's why Hi-Beams sounds warmer than Lo-riders and Fat-Beams, since they're lower tension than the others.
  16. Im a sock

    Im a sock

    Dec 23, 2002
    Central MA
    I use Labella slappers and I get them from juststrings.com. They have tons of sizes there... good prices too.

    EDIT: My bad, they're .103-.44

  17. your live set up sound like huge strings, what are they tuned to? Just standard, or something deeper?