Yin Yang Standard changing string gauge?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Ryan Reichert, Jul 9, 2021.

  1. Learn to play the thinner strings!

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  2. Stick to what you like.

    1 vote(s)
  1. Ryan Reichert

    Ryan Reichert

    Jul 13, 2014
    Hello bass family! This is my first post on the forums, but I’ve been reading for a few years. I just purchased a Fodera Yin Yang Standard. The previous two owners used the same gauge strings that came with the bass (and the same gauge Victor Wooten uses) which are relatively thin. I’ve come from playing a Warwick Stage 1 Streamer with a more standard string gauge. (Sorry for not having precise gauge sizes)

    I long for the playability of the thicker gauge strings because I do love to dig in, but I can see why some players like the thinner gauge. The left hand feels like it’s cutting butter! Unfortunately I find my right hand getting stuck while playing runs and that the G string doesn’t have enough heart when I dig into it.

    I’m taking it into a shop in Huntington Beach that is a Fodera authorized service spot because there are some issues at the nut. I’m also considering having them set it up with a more standard gauge string.

    I want to know if you think I should stick it out and try to get more comfortable playing the thinner gauged strings or if I should go back to what’s comfortable for me. Your opinions and experience is welcomed! Thanks.
  2. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    I’ve changed string gauges on my YY5S countless times without issue. Though, I’m sure at some point if you go too big the strings won’t sit in the nut slots snuggly. Pretty sure the 5 string set of Fodera light 5s is a .120 B and I run a .130 and a .106 E usually. No modifications needed.

    I’m curious as to what issues yours is having at the nut. Just making sure… yours IS brass correct?
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  3. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Stick it out. In the long run, you will become a better player with the light gauge strings, IME.
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  4. Ryan Reichert

    Ryan Reichert

    Jul 13, 2014
    yep! Brass Nut. When I’m playing the open E, there is a buzzing at the nut. When I have it fretted anywhere else, there is no buzz. I’ve even tried pushing down the string behind the nut, but the only time I don’t get a buzz when playing the open E is when I actually push it down at the nut. The other issue is that my D string doesn’t appear to be sitting all the way into the nut, it’s a little more elevated than the others over the first fret.
  5. Ryan Reichert

    Ryan Reichert

    Jul 13, 2014
    I honestly could see that. My first time playing in the studio I remember how important it was to have a consistent, lighter touch. The thinner gauge definitely forces you to do that.
  6. I've been on a downward trend in my gauge selection for the last couple of years in an effort to be kinder and gentler to my battle-scarred hands. 40-55-75-95 happens to be my go-to set these days.

    That said, I would probably find the Pure Blues VW set to be too light and flexible due to the round core as I prefer the hex-core firmness for my right hand.

    Gauge selection is a very personal thing. I would encourage you to try a few different sets to find your sweet spot.
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  7. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    This ^ Play what feels comfortable to you. If what you play currently becomes uncomfortable, there are many other string sets out there. I'm still playing the D'A XL170BT 45-107, but on a 33-inch scale instead of a 34-inch scale, which lessens the tension marginally. If you want to see if you can adjust to the lighter strings, go for it. If you are like me and get set in your ways, that's alright also.