#1
By what dimension is a string gauge measured? Diameter? Radius? Circumference?
I want to find out what gauge strings came on my Ibanez when I bought it. Im looking for a smaller gauge that I can pick faster on.
And when I do find out what dimension its measured by, can i just stick a scientific ruler next to it and see o_O?
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#2
im pretty sure its in hundredths of an inch
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#3


Got this from the ibanez maintenance site-thing, so hopefully this is accurate.

EDIT: I don't know how to measure the string gauge, sorry. ):


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#4
you use a device called a caliper and measure it not a ruler. Calipers will either have the measurement on it or you just find one to match.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caliper
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#5
Well it was probably a standard set, so 105 to 45 or 100 to 45 sounds right. if you want to go smaller get a 90 to 40 set. but if you tune down, smaller strings will sound terrible.
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Well it was probably a standard set, so 105 to 45 or 100 to 45 sounds right. if you want to go smaller get a 90 to 40 set. but if you tune down, smaller strings will sound terrible.


Oh, I forgot to mention I use a 5 string bass. But I always play standard unless I'm playing with my band. They tune drop D so I tune to ADADG. But one step down aint no "biggy" eh?

Edit: well I play bass, so im probably gonna have to live with it and practice practice practice...
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#7
smaller strings are gona sound wierd if your drop tuning it. if you want to make picking easier... PRACTICE. if your drop tuned already and you have trouble. start doing some exercises.
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#8
go to your local music shop, they should be able to measure the strings for you. micrometer or something
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#9
This is what I use, it is an engineers measuring device called a Micrometre which measures in thousands of an inch.
If you do get one make sure that it measures in imperial and not metric.


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smaller strings are gona sound wierd if your drop tuning it. if you want to make picking easier... PRACTICE. if your drop tuned already and you have trouble. start doing some exercises.


Haha, did you fail to see my post? 5 string standard, go into drop d maybe once a week...
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