Why different guage strings??

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Wattoosi, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. So, on my "new" Fender MIM zone 4 string I put on some new Fender SuperBass strings - nickel plated round wounds. I have used D'Adario before (slow wounds - nickel plated) but went with the Fenders this time. I thought the Fender strings sounded a little bright at first when I tried 'em out through my practice amp, but in the mix they sound pretty cool to me. Funny how that works!

    Now, I see "everybody" likes DR strings. Cool. So what would the differences be in sound / feel between say, these two:
    - DR Strings Nickel Lo-Riders 4-String Bass Strings Medium 45-65-85-105
    - and the same strings in 40-60-80-100 ???
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    The thicker strings will have higher tension. String gauge is mostly a matter of feel.

    Altough the thinner ones probably will sound a little less 'full' and maybe have a more snappy tone.
  3. Does one kind of string reduce the fret "clang" I hear, mainly with the E string? Once again, in the mix this is not an issue. It's just that when I practice alone, doing very light playing, I hear it!
  4. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005
    To me, light medium strings have a "thinner" sound than mediums do....

    - georgestrings
  5. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005

    If you're talking about fret noise, changing to light mediums *might* help you - but I'd improve my set-up to make mediums work, rather than sacrifice tonal quality...

    - georgestrings
  6. Yeah I was on that track and it did help a bit. I have the action set now so that if I were to lower the strings, they would buzz rather evenly all up and down the neck. At present, the G string will buzz at about the 21st fret, way at the end. I can do fast pull-off's this way where i could not with the strings set higher. I only had to "tweak" the truss rod, just raise a tiny bit, it was mostly bridge and pu-ups i had to adjust. Fun to do -- I have always had the guy at the music store work with me, and I dare say since I can put the time in, and it's *my* bass I did as good if not a better job! Now I have to tweak intonation, but it's very close on most of the strings.
  7. SGT. Pepper

    SGT. Pepper Inactive

    Nov 20, 2005
    Heavier strings will not clang like light ones.
    Light strings have more definition, heavy strings have more bottom and punch.
    Go with 45,65,80,100 or 45,65,85,105's. They are in the middle. Unless your playing smooth jazz or contemporary jazz, I wouldn't use 40,60,75,95 or 45,60,75,95's you'll be flopping them all over the place if you are heavy handed.