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What string gauge for GCGCF tuning?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by crguti, Apr 3, 2015.


  1. crguti

    crguti

    Feb 14, 2011
    Smurf Village
    I'm right now using a 4 string bass tuned to CGCF but I would like to add a lower string tuned to G or A. So, I'm planning to get a 5 string bass with 34'' scale. I like tight string gauges, so currently I'm using 60-80-100-125.
    What string gauge would you recommend me for the low G or A? Any brand?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    .145 for the low B. Works pretty darn well for a low A.
     
  3. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    And although I wouldn't go for a low G, I rather would get a low F# string and tune it UP half step, than tuning down a low B to G. Doesn't make sense to me :p
     
  4. ixlramp

    ixlramp

    Jan 25, 2005
    UK
    http://circlekstrings.com/CKSIMAGES/CircleKtensionChart130105.pdf
    You can use this to match the tension of the low G/A to the C, the chart will roughly approximate any brand of roundwound.
    Rough rule: for the same tension a fourth down multiply gauge by 4/3, so for a low G try roughly .165.
    Circle K Strings / Kalium are apparently excellent but shipping is expensive, Conklin Guitars (USA) sell .165s on their website. Pyramid Strings of Europe sell .150/.160/.170 strings through Schneidermusik.de:
    Saiten und Zubehör für alle Instrumente - SchneiderMusik.de Online Shop
    A .150 A will match your .125 C.
     
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