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will my strings survive drop CGCF

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by florisld, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. florisld


    Feb 9, 2013
    When I played in drop A a while back my E string popped, i figured it was too low(the strings were on it when i bought the bass, so probably ****** ones)
    ive been playing for 6 months so im still kind of a beginner,

    i have a new set of Rotosound now from 50-110.

    i use this tuning for playing fast with a pick , will they survive drop c? and b?
  2. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
    It depends on how you are tuning to drop C or B or A. If you were tuning an E string UP to an A then I can believe it would pop, it was too tight. If you were tuning an E string DOWN to an A I can believe it would be too floppy to play but the only reason it would pop would be because you caught it on something you were walking past while carrying the bass!

    I don't drop tune, but I do tune my bass in fifths: CGDA. Personally I think that 0.110 is too light to tune as low as a C, let alone B or A. My C strings are 0.128 to 0.145, depends on what I can get in a given brand and model of string. That is a good size range for that tuning and one of my basses has a drop tuning key on it as well so I can switch between C and the A below and a 0.130 flat wound handles both of those notes well. The strings you have certainly will be safe with drop C as long as you tune DOWN from E. They would be too floppy for my tastes but that should not cause them to fail early.

  3. bluestarbass


    Jul 31, 2007
    Yea if you're drop tuning you'll be fine. I have a .115 as my low c and it's totally fine, not floppy at all. .105 was a little floppy so I'm guessing .110 will be ok. I play with my fingers, and dig in pretty good, so you should be fine with a pick.
  4. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    I tuned to CGCF on a p bass before and also used .115's no issues at all
  5. lebaron


    Sep 13, 2008
    gotta say it depends on how hard you hit the strings, I downtune to C# on some bases (with .110s), and can if I'm to eager playing live hit it to hard making the string flop (and also make the note go sharp). but 115 with moderate strength should work.
  6. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    It will be extremely floppy and hard to play but I am sure it will be do-able.

    Consider that a proper B string ranges from .125-.135, if you intend to tune a half step above it I would go with at least .120.

    If you intend on keeping you bass with giant strings you might want to consider getting the nut cut for the string sizes you are using.
  7. ugly_bassplayer


    Jan 21, 2009
    I use 60-75-95-125 gauges for C#-F#-B-E tuning.
    Works great.