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What string guages do you use?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Stephen Soto, Oct 31, 2004.


  1. Stephen Soto

    Stephen Soto

    Oct 12, 2003
    Do you like them lighter, or heavier? Just curious :bassist:.
     
  2. I use the heaviest you can get (before the mysterious 'baritone' gauge). I like them heavy because they last longer. I've tried some light strings to see how they were, and although they bend nicely they wear out in about 2 days.
     
  3. NV43345

    NV43345

    Apr 1, 2003
    On most of my 4-string Basses I like 45-105.
    On my 5 & 6 strings I like a 135 "B" & a 30 on the "C".
    On my ABG's I like 45-95 Phospher Bronze.
    And I have one Fretless I use Tape wounds on 58-110.
     
  4. Plowboy22

    Plowboy22 Guest

    Sep 27, 2004
    Sarasota, Florida
    45-105 D'addario Chromes....and I wil never go back to roundwounds again :rollno:
     
  5. jambassist

    jambassist

    Sep 1, 2002
    Easton, PA
    A: .085
    D: .055
    G: .045
    C: .030

    that's tenor tuning which is what i currently use on my main bass. the "beater" bass has .045-.105 strings.
     
  6. wulf

    wulf

    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Extra-light on my main bass:

    B: 120
    E: 95
    A: 75
    D: 55
    G: 35
    C: 20

    I do find they don't hold their tuning quite as well as the slightly heavier strings I had on a couple of years ago but they work very well with my low-tension approach to playing.

    Wulf
     
  7. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    Whatever TI Jazz Flats gauges are. ;)
     
  8. D: .110
    A: .090
    D: .070
    G: .050

    I rarely ever play in Standard tuning, but when I do I change the low string to a .105 and the A to a .085
     
  9. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    In Rotosound 66's, I like .040-.095 or .040-.100, pretty much the same in nickel strings. For flats, I've been using Pyramids, which are something like .040-.105, but flatwounds vary so much in tension and stiffness from brand to brand that the gauge doesn't always mean much.
     
  10. keb

    keb

    Mar 30, 2004
    Four string: .040-.095
    Six string: .029-.128
     
  11. D'Addario XL's.

    B: 0.130" (tapered)
    E: 0.100"
    A: 0.080"
    D: 0.065"
    G: 0.045"
     
  12. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Heavier than all!

    C: .135
    G: .105
    D: .075
    A: .045

    Beat that!
     
  13. seanm

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

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Got you beat on the high end! Fender 9050M .055 .070 .090 .105.

    Really though, with such heavy guages, why such a relatively thin top end? I would think it would be unbalanced....
     
  14. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    E: .095
    A: .080
    D: .060
    G: .040

    i believe.
     
  15. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Hi.

    The strings I like the most are DR Hi-Beams, but they're not available here and my bank is paranoid because of so many frauds with credit cards thru the Net (not from me! :ninja: ) and can't get them again until they change their mind, so I currently use the best strings I can find here IMO: La Bella Hard Rockin' Steels 045-065-085-105-128. (The most popular here are D'addario XL's, but I don't like them)

    Same problem with flatwounds for my fretless. Fortunately, flatwounds aren't supposed to sound bright, so they can stay there for a long, long time with a little care. Right now I have RotoSound Electric Jazz Bass Monel .045 - .130
     
  16. Well, he's tuned in fifths...
     
  17. HMZ

    HMZ Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    USA-Mineola
    4 String
    E-105
    A-85
    D-65
    G-45
    5 String I add a 130
     
  18. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    It's not unbalanced - I'm tuning in 5ths. It's crazy heavy. Thank god for graphite necks. :D
     
  19. seanm

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

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Ok, I see the pattern now. Each string is .030 apart. I was looking for relative changes :oops:

    So lets see if I have this right: it's not the fact that you are tuned in fifths from some sort of magically mathematical point of view, you just need to get the string tension right for the wider interval.
     
  20. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Fodera Diamond Series (SS)

    B - .120
    E - .100
    A - .080
    D - .060
    G - .040
    C - .028

    It took some expirimenting with various gauges to arrive at this set. The .028 - .120 seem to fit the balance I want in tone and feel from a set of strings.