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What're Your Fretless Gauges?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by TheEmptyCell, May 12, 2006.

  1. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast Banned SUSPENDED

    Curious to hear what gauges people are using on their fretless basses.

    Currently, I'm using some D'addario ProSteels, .045 - .105. The action on this bass is pretty high (need to shave the nut and reseat it).

    Do you prefer a heavier or lighter gauge? Which, in your experience, gives more mwah? I'm going to change to some light Sunbeams .035-.090, after I do a pot bypass on the electronics.
  2. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Lighter gauge and lower action give more mwah IME. I'm currently using GHS Infinity Steels, .044-.102 on my fretless, and they sound fine, but they may not be my ultimate string on this bass.
  3. bassjigga


    Aug 6, 2003
    I like lighter gauges too. I usually use 40-60-75-95 in D'addario or DRs.
  4. Beefbass

    Beefbass Guest

    Feb 4, 2001
    Fender 9050L's .45-.95
  5. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    D'Addario Chromes. It was the only size they had at the store of the only brand which had flatwound strings.
  6. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003
    I like likghter gauge for fretless.
    sometimes 95-for E string.
  7. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    yeah i like higher gauge and chromes. they give it more character IMO.
  8. 43apples

    43apples Guest

    Nov 9, 2003
    I use 45-105's on my fretless (Ibanez RD500F). With thinner strings, it loses all of its lowend and sounds weak.

    Im interested in trying a 50-105 set.
  9. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    do it man you won't be disappointed. i went and have never gone back. I upsized on my fretted bass too.
  10. KayCee


    Oct 4, 2004
    Shawnee, KS
    Usually .045, .065, .85, .105, .130 nickel D'Addario

    I don't like .040 and .060 on the top as well. Too thin sounding for me.
  11. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Currently using .040, .060, .080 & .100. That's as heavy as I'd want to go. Light-gauge strings and low action is definitely the recipe for maximum mwah...


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