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What is your preferred guage?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by SGT. Pepper, Jan 28, 2006.

  1. 55-75-95-115

    6 vote(s)
  2. 50-70-90-110

    10 vote(s)
  3. 45-65-85-105

    95 vote(s)
  4. 45-65-80-100

    41 vote(s)
  5. 40-60-80-100

    31 vote(s)
  6. 40-55-75-95

    19 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. SGT. Pepper

    SGT. Pepper Banned

    Nov 20, 2005
    What guage do you like?
    I posted the popular 4 string guages. If you play a 5 or 6 choose the guage closest to yours.
  2. None of them. All too thick.
  3. :eyebrow:

    you tuning ADGC or something?
  4. DavePlaysBass


    Mar 31, 2004
    I have found I really like an 80 for the A. If it is an 85, my right hand works too hard and things can get boomy. I also have found that I prefer 45 and 65 on the D and G otherwise it is too thin sounding.

    As for the E I am not sure I have noticed a big difference between 100 and 105. The 105 can be a bit deeper but also can be a bit boomy.

    B strings I think I prefer 130 over 125. 130's are tighter and deeper. 125s have some higher end growl but the flop on a 34" scale can be quite a bit. Not sure on the taper thing yet. I think I may prefer an untapered 130 as I can play it all the way up the neck without weird stuff happening.

    I just tried a set of Ken Smith "Balanced" medium lights 44-63-80-102 with a 128 B thrown in. Not a bad way to go.

  5. DrSmaggs


    Oct 15, 2003
    Endorsing Artist:
    I always used 45-65-85-105 and I tried bigger and smaller gages and I just feel comfy with what I use.
  6. +1
  7. I like the snap and thick sound I get from 115's. They are perfect for my style of playing and for me. A lot of people dong like them because its like playing a suspension bridge (as I have heard some people refer to it as in GC :rollno: :D ).

    Its all in personal preference though. I also like the sound and feel of bending a thicker string.
  8. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    I played 45-65-85-105 for years - and liked 'em just fine. Back in the day, I played a lot of power classic rock (Foghat, ZZ Top, Ted Nugent), mostly using GHS Boomers on an old P-bass...and it totally ruled.

    But since trying 40-60-80-100, I can't go back. It's so hard to play with any nuance or tonal inflection using thicker strings. They just feel so rigid and insensitve. I may even try out 35-55-75-95...

  9. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    40-60-80-100 and a 132 B for five and on a four string 40-60-80-100 or 105. I use Cromes on most of my basses and I have to get them in singles to get "my set", to me 45-65-80-100 [or any other set with the same offset in gauge between the low and high strings] feels unbalanced with a floppy E & A and a tight D & G. It cost a bit more but I like the sound and feel better.
  10. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    45 65 85 105
  11. 45 65 80 100
  12. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    For rock I like Chromes: 50-70-85-105

    For country, I am trying out Rotosound 88s: 65-75-100-115
    But I may go back to LaBella Flats: 43-60-82-104

    The Rotosounds are nylon wound. Don't let the big numbers scare you, they are not as stiff as the Chromes.