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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Stephen Soto, Oct 31, 2004.
Do you like them lighter, or heavier? Just curious .
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.
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.
45-105 D'addario Chromes....and I wil never go back to roundwounds again
that's tenor tuning which is what i currently use on my main bass. the "beater" bass has .045-.105 strings.
Extra-light on my main bass:
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.
Whatever TI Jazz Flats gauges are.
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
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.
Four string: .040-.095
Six string: .029-.128
B: 0.130" (tapered)
Heavier than all!
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....
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! ) 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
Well, he's tuned in fifths...
5 String I add a 130
It's not unbalanced - I'm tuning in 5ths. It's crazy heavy. Thank god for graphite necks.
Ok, I see the pattern now. Each string is .030 apart. I was looking for relative changes
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.
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.