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What is the thickest string gauge I could find for 5string at music stores???

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by DeathPOPbass, Nov 27, 2001.


  1. DeathPOPbass

    DeathPOPbass

    Sep 11, 2000
    What is the thickest gauge for 5 stringers can I find at music stores?? and how much would that run me??
     
  2. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    The thickest gauge 5 string set I ever see is the Ernie Ball 5 string slinky set. It has a .130 B, while most other string sets have a .125 or a .128 B. They are pretty cheap, I think about $20. But John Turner knows how to get .150 gauge strings. He uses a low F#, which is a fourth lower than low B. PM him and ask him where he gets them from.
     
  3. DeathPOPbass

    DeathPOPbass

    Sep 11, 2000
    how do I get in contact with this John Turner guy??:confused:
     
  4. Ely

    Ely

    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    Before you consider using a .150 B (and probably a really heavy E, A, D, and G) you might want to tell us what kind of bass you have, what it's neck is made out of, and what kind of reinforcements it has. Strings that heavy will put so much tension on the neck that a mere 1 piece maple neck will be severely screwed up, unless of course you need strings that heavy so that you can tune down to GCFBE, or something ridiculous like that. I wouldn't think of putting strings that heavy unless I had a REALLY good neck, like maybe a 13 piece Wenge/Purpleheart neck with 2 truss rods and carbon fiber reinforcements with a phenolic fingerboard... Either that or a graphite neck...
     
  5. DeathPOPbass

    DeathPOPbass

    Sep 11, 2000
    hmm VERY good point Ely, I have a MTD Kingston 5 string :p

    I really would be satifised with a .130 B string :D
     
  6. Ely

    Ely

    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    I'm thinking of getting one of those myself, how's it sound? I never hear a description of it's tone, just stuff like "balanced sounding B" and "tight, punchy B string".
    I think a .130 would be good, and that's the heaviest I've ever seen on a set that wasn't custom or just really expensive, but if you need any heavier a .135 would probably be safe to use.
     
  7. DeathPOPbass

    DeathPOPbass

    Sep 11, 2000
    OH MAN ELY! THE KINGSTON IS A DREAM!!!!
    Light as a fricken feather!! and the B string sounds MARVELOUS!!!! The tone is incredible!:D
     
  8. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    John Turner is one of the members here at talkbass. just look around the forums a little and you're bound to run into one of his posts, he has like 5500 of them for God's sake. Then click the little "private message" button for him and type away. If you need to know where the PM button is, just ask me.
     
  9. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    You can get a .150 here. They're $14 a pop.