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Which Gauge Flats on a StingRay?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Ox Boris, Feb 12, 2016.


  1. Ox Boris

    Ox Boris Banned

    Nov 23, 2015
    Australia
    My StingRay will ship with: 45w-65w-80w-100w Ernie Ball Super Slinky Bass #2834 and I'm assuming that that's what EB recommends, or at least somebody there thought that it matters enough to make the super slinky the default, rather than the regular. Is there any more info available on that?

    Should flats be the same gauge? 45w-65w-80w-100w Ernie Ball Flat Wound Group III #2806
    and what difference will I notice between those and these cobalts, please?: Ernie Ball Super Slinky Flatwound #2814
     
  2. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    String thickness is based on individual preference, not manufacturer spec. Have you never changed strings on a bass before?
     
  3. Ox Boris

    Ox Boris Banned

    Nov 23, 2015
    Australia
    Ok, thanks. Any insight as to what might influence one's preference, or what influenced MusicMan to choose that gauge?
    Nope.
     
  4. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    Different strings sound and feel different.

    MM strings are average size.
     
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  5. basspedaler

    basspedaler

    Feb 18, 2013
    RDU-NC
    go cobalts. they'll keep a little sparkle and harmonics. great strings!
     
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  6. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    If you are new to flatwounds; as a general thing, they usually feel stiffer than roundwounds (never mind why - we're talking "feel" here) of the same gauge. So, the usual trick is to go one size smaller than the roundwounds, so they won't feel quite so stiff. Or, you can get flatwounds that are known for not feeling stiff - like Thomastik-Infields. But, you can certainly put flatwounds of the same/similar gauge as the stock strings on your Stingray. Just be aware that switching to flats might require a truss rod tweek...:)
     
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