Poll: ¿Which do you prefer?
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Light Strings
12 29%
Heavy Strings
29 71%
Voters: 41.
#2
light means more slack for standard
heavier is higher tension and more stable for drop/slack tunings

I prefer heavy gauge, for the reasons that I want my B tight and have my 4string either in standard or Slack D
#3
I like heavy bass strings. The feeling of them being loose to my right hand is something I very much like dislike and prefer the tension that a heavy string gives me

Oddly, I like light guitar strings.
#4
heavier strings give the feeling of medium strings when droptuned, rather than being floppy.

light strings are just looser
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#5
heavier strings have a thicker tone and its easier to do pinch harmonics with them
#6
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heavier strings have a thicker tone and its easier to do pinch harmonics with them



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#7
i use light gauge ( 45-60-80-90 ) I just like the feel of lighter strings and the looseness they have. Medium gauge strings feel ok, but heavy gauge feels weird to me. The looseness thing also contributes to me disliking scale lengths over 34''.
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#8
i prefer lighter strings.

1. im not a big fan of alternate tunings.
2. seriously brings out the slapping sound much better than heavy strings.

boomers 40-95. i should try a 90 E string.
#9
I love heavy strings. I made the switch when I broke my Low E, which was a 100. Now I run 50-105.
#10
I like heavy strings because I don't like the floppy loose-like feeling, and I think they have a more thicker tone to them.
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#12
both i use a set of 8 gauges for my rg570 and a set of 12 gauges for my s470
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#13
I used light for 4 years and I didn't know it, when i was gonna go play my first show i grabbed Heavies because I knew I played hard (needless to say, i had a heck of a time learning to adjust to them 10 hrs before the show) They are too heavy for me to play Cowboys from Hell on (awesome song) so I bought some mediums I should go put those on now bye. Oh and heavier strings have a clearer songs (i use GHS boomers they rock)
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#14
i currently have 55-110 on my esp. thats the thickest ive ever seen on a 4 string. i love the feeling it gives, especially when dropping to C to play some old-school system of a down :-)
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#15
I used to like lightsm but now I like heavys. .45-.105... actually .46-.106. Dean Markley Skullbusters
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#16
does anyone know a good gauge for a 5- or 4-string that keeps tension on all strings but isn't humongous? as I have atated, I want my B tight, plus I might slacktune a tone on 5-string.
#18
Mediums? Anyone? Just me? okay.


IndieMetalhead- I do pinch harmoonics on my bass all the time. When fingerpicking play almost as if you're going to be slapping, but only lightly rest your thumb on the string, the pluck with your index and bend.
#22
I disagree MX4life, thicker gauge give an awesome growl, thinner gauge strings sound like wimps compared to thicker gauged strings.

Personal prefarence I guess.
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#23
^ but you dont want growl for slapping. you want a bright attack. thicker strings dont give that punch you want. lighter strings are bright and have that attack. ever noticed slapping the A string gives a much more desirable sound than slapping the E string?

this is probably the main reason why i prefer lgith strings, to get as close to that desirable slap tone.

the only exception is that bass player from korn or w/e who uses really heavy strings and slap on like open A tuning or w/e.
#24
I use either45-105 or 50-110. I haven't ever settled on a singular bass string brand, always swapping around. Right now I have a sel of Growling Dogs, or something like that, hell I don't remember. Set before was Hartke and before that was D'addario, which used to be my faithful brand. I have also tried Flea Boomers. I don't think I'll ever try Fender, though. I have heard bad things abouth their strings, also, never buy Warwick strings, they die in a third of the time of any good string.
#25
I've been playing 45-105s for awhile now, just changing brand every now and then. Right now though, I think I may have found the strings I'll start using for awhile. Rotosound Swing 66, 45-105. They have all the sound and fullness I've been looking for, but they still play easily and comfortably. I love them.
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#27
i like medium but out of those heavy

i love ELIXERS, ive tryed DR (HighBeams) and althogh they get a pretty cool tone when brand new BUT, it fades VERY fast leaveing a lackluster boreing tone right after you get them. so i'd rather spend the extra $12 to get a tone that is very cool sounding when new and will keep that 'new' sound for about 4 months at least, and then fade VERY gradually

ive tryed teh Blue Steels and they have a tone that is decent nothing "WOW" but i put them on my squier and when i play that bass im never going for a "WOW" sound.
but i dont like the way the blue steels feel they feel very wierd on the fingers after about week of playing but i think i'll keep useing them on my squier just simply because they last a lot longer than normal strings (althogh nothing close to elixers) and are cheepish.
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#28
I got some free Xlight Hartkes when I bought a cab and those things pissed me off
I prefer 45-105 or 50-105. Right now I got some Bass Boomers, and the furry Elixirs were nice too
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#29
Quote by SocKo?
^ but you dont want growl for slapping. you want a bright attack. thicker strings dont give that punch you want. lighter strings are bright and have that attack. ever noticed slapping the A string gives a much more desirable sound than slapping the E string?

this is probably the main reason why i prefer lgith strings, to get as close to that desirable slap tone.

the only exception is that bass player from korn or w/e who uses really heavy strings and slap on like open A tuning or w/e.


No I really go after a growling sound when i slap and I can manage to get an awesome well rounded growl-like tone from my thicker strings. I think the sound develops more with them.
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#30
Quote by COB4ever
heavier strings have a thicker tone and its easier to do pinch harmonics with them



... I tend to find them easier to do with thick as **** strings (130's) but they sound so much sharper on the lighter ones.
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