ok so this is gonna sound n00bish but say u buy a pack of strings that have a .100 and a .85, my brother claims that u can use the .85 as the E string if u want but im not so sure and i dont wanna try it in case i screw up a perfectly good string
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if you use an .085 as an E you have to use the .065 as an A, the .045 as a D and guess what you're out of strings with no G on your bass

in short i think it's a stupid idea but it can be done
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.100 is average for an E string. .085 is definately A string guage. Sure you could go much lighter, but why?
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I think you should try setting it up opposite.

So the .100 is your G, the .85 as your D, the .65 as your A and the .45 as your E.

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Yes, in a theoretical Claypool world you can, but I'm not sure of the benefit. At least at some point in his career, Les strung up his bass with two A strings (.080) and two G strings (.040).

I've been temped to do this myself since I go for light gauge strings just to find out how it would sound.
i dunno, i like having heavy G and D and a light A and E
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