Poll: Which gauge do you use?
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View poll results: Which gauge do you use?
Medium (45(or 50)-105)
51 57%
Medlight (40(or45)-100)
24 27%
Light or heavy
15 17%
Voters: 90.
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#1
Hey fellas, long time no see. I've procured several dvd's of live performances of various bands/musicians where bass plays/is a key part.
And only recently have i noticed, that about 90% of pro bassists out there use thin strings. Not only that, but I see that their action is rediculously low, too! How do they manage to avoid fretbuzz - is beyond me. Maybe they fret with the subtlest of touches...

So, let's talk about gauge. I'm thinking about switching from medium to med-light, of even light... What about you guys?
#2
I play Dean Markely Blue Steel Medium Lights, which are a 45-105 gauge, as opposed to the 45-100 you have for medium light

I also have a very low action on my Schecter. its all about having a low action without getting too close. Its a very delicate balance, but mine is perfect. I still occasionally get fret buzz, but mostly from sloppy fretting, rather than any action/gauge problems. Still, practice is what lets you avoid it, not a magic number or distance.
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#4
true, but you can get it that low and practice will help you. there is a point at which nthing wills top it, but with practice you can overcome fret buzz that a less skilled bassit would be unable to avoid.


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#6
Well I prefer heavier strings. I started out on 40-100, and now I use D'Addario 50-135 on my SR505. I dunno abt other brands coz the shops near me only stock D'Addarios. Sure it screws up the finger in the start, but when u get used to it, its great. And then on live sets or recordings, u can step down to 40-120, and it really makes it fun & much easier to play since ur fingers are much stronger. Besides, as Eric Clapton said, "Others use Marshalls and stuff to get heavier sound. These are pussy ways. I use heavier strings."
#7
Personally I prefer 55-110 on my four string, and on my 5 string I just stick with the standard 45-130. I can't imagine anything higher than 145, although if someone can find a set with a low B above that, tell me. I love the feel of thick strings.
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#8
I play medium, but am thinking of moving down to medium-light. No reason why, just fancy it. Not much more to say really. I only play mediums because my first bass came with them and i have stuck with them, but recently played a bass with medium-light and quite liked the feel and the tone.. of course, they will be Elixirs..
#9
For most of the strings I go as thick as I can get... can't remember the gauge, the showkeeper knows exactly what strings I use and just throws them at me when I enter the shop, so I've forgotten the exact gauges (I get the strings seperately, I'm weird like that... I usually have a really thin (40) on my high G, but use a low B string on one of my 4 strings, after filing out the nut a bit and some major string length adjusting, and have that 4 in BEDG, or sometimes BADG, depending on which Tool song I fancy playing).

My 5 string has 55-145, cos I downtune to F# B F# B E, and it's just nicer to have thicker gauge strings, keeps the tension there.

My other 4 has 55-105, and my 6 string has... I dunno what it has, still using the stock strings, lol
#11
My one bass has 45 - 100, the other 45 - 105. Prefer the lighter strings on the playability side.
#13
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Personally I prefer 55-110 on my four string, and on my 5 string I just stick with the standard 45-130. I can't imagine anything higher than 145, although if someone can find a set with a low B above that, tell me. I love the feel of thick strings.



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#15
I use medium strings, just prefer them, too light and i dunno why but i just cant play as well, they seem too floppy.
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#16
both my basses use 45 - 105 gauge

my squier still uses the stock fender strings and my marlin uses rotosounds which i prefer so much
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#17
I don't like the sound I get when I try lights. They don't seem to have the "umph" of heavier strings, and I don't like the way the lower strings feel slack, even in standard tuning.

That said, I like the balance of hybrids, so I'm an awkward sod and use those.
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#18
I like my setup weird! I like low action because I like a subtle fret buzz in my sound! It gives a fretless kind of sound while keeping all the rich highs from a fretted!

And gauge wise, the thicker the better! I can never understand why people who play Slap Bass like light strings! Slapping sounds like crap on light gauge strings! I can NOT slap on the D string on lighter gauge strings! But on my current set (45-105 on a standard long scale) I can actually slap decently! As well as thick strings just sound thicker!

I want heavier strings though, I am really just afraid of buying a 75$ set of strings every month....
#19
Light strings just don't 'snap' like I like them to (i.e. they move with my fingers too much).

On my 5'er I use 135, 105, 85, 70, 50, and on my 4-string I use 125, 110, 90, 70.

PS what the hell kind of strings are $75?
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#20
Where the hell do you get 70-125 for a 4 string? I NEED to know these things! D:

Also, Bass strings can get really damn expensive! They were quite over priced in my opinion, but still, most of the thicker sets I see can go upwards of 60-75$. (especially for 5 and 6 strings)

But meh, here stuff is overpriced. My first set of Rotosound medium gauge longscale strings were 50$ here...
#21
My ideal string would be around 35-105 but with some odd gauges in between because I like them with a skinny top and heavy bottom as I like to be able to bend the lighter strings more easily.
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#22
My 4-string is tuned BEAD

I actually bought a set off ebay for $11. They were stainless steel Fenders, apparently custom strings made for the Deftones (that's what it says on the pack).

It was actually a 5-string set. The set was 145 125 110 90 70. The 125 fit the nut of my Warwick better, so I used that instead of my 145. If I get a set of Rotosound RS66LE (110-50), I'll put the .145 on my Fender (the strings have red silked ends like Rotos).
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#24
yeah, I tried tuning them to E... DON'T DO IT. It pulls up the neck till there is about, oh, 1 and a half inches of action at the 12th fret. It's really damaging to the bass.
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#25
*sigh* I want strings THAT thick though.. Oh whell.. I jsut need to make a short Graphite neck with a dual truss rod setup and a ton of siffening rods...

Plus, isn't that the standard action on most Basses anyway? :P
#26
On my SR500 I still have the stock strings, which I'm guessing is 45-100, and the action is pretty low. It has a rattly sorta sound to it, I find.
#27
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*sigh* I want strings THAT thick though.. Oh whell.. I jsut need to make a short Graphite neck with a dual truss rod setup and a ton of siffening rods...

Plus, isn't that the standard action on most Basses anyway? :P


Yeah, it's about 3/4 of an inch that went to over 1 and a half... and that was on my Fender with Graphite support!
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#28
i use EB super slinkys 45-100 and ive never tried anything esle lol.Wat is the thickest gauge for a 4 string and how much do they cost?Could some1 put a link to some or something.
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#29
I use Ernie Ball strings. I believe it's the Power Slinky ones. They're .45, .65, .85, .105. I'll probably buy the same kind as soon as I need new strings again. They're great.
#30
I personally don't like light guages because I like my tension.

I use RotoSound 66s (35 45 65 80 105 130) on my Ibanez SR506 and RotoSound 77s (50 75 95 110 ) on my Squier Affinity P-Bass.
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#31
I'm a fan of medlight strings myself, I have medium strings on my 4-string now, and I find there's too much low end and not enough highs.
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#34
this afternoon i posted in the thread about breaking bass strings and about 2hours later i broke my first string. so i'm in need of some new strings.

this will be the first time i have needed to buy new strings (i've just been using the ones that came with the bass) so i have no isea on what to buy.

I play alot of chili pepper's music (hard and fast popping) but also play deep mellow toned grooves.

which of these bass strings are going to suite me?

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#35
Gete the GHS Flea sets. They'll be good from what I heard.
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#39
Oh ****. I didn't read the date of the post. Sorry
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