STRING GAUGES AND BRANDS ??

8) Would be interesting to know what gauge and brand of strings all of us bass guys use.

Any interest from you all in talking about it ?? :twisted:

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Well, I haven't asked a dumb question for a while:

I just got me some heavy guage Elites (4-string) but when I came to fit them the full thickness section of the E string (as opposed to the skinny end bits) reaches the machine head so I'm going to have a couple of winds of this thickness. Is there any reason not to do this? Or if it fits should I just go ahead?

Thanks,

8) You should be OK, although I am not certain what you mean. I have a 4 string bass set up with extra heavy ( .70 through 1.35 ) . It's tuned to low B, so I have had string-tuner problems.

Send me a personal email if you want and we can talk about it. 8)

Thanks Boogieman, I'll have a go over the weekend. I was just wondering as all my previous strings lost the full size (outer) winding shortly after the nut so they fitted nicely on the heads and this one doesn't but I think it'll be ok if I wind it properly?!

Thanks again,

It will work and sound OK. I have that problem on a couple of my basses that I have put extra heavy strings on and they work fine.

Play that Bass !!!! 8) 8)

Finally got round to it, new heavy guage onto my electric and the old nickels off my electric onto my acoustic instead of the nasty, nasty phosphor bronze ones...both sounding much better for it, thanks for the advice Boogieman.

I'll go play now!

8) I thought you would be OK. The only way you may have had trouble is if you were using the smaller mini tuners. A regular size tuner will amaze you as to how big a string it will take. Good luck and hope you are enjoying "cool" tone !!!! 8)

:x Hate phosphor bronze although, have to say Tim, recycling your nickels onto another guitar is a bit stingey. It's like our bent jacks in that other thread but even I wouldn't transplant the cheese cutters. Did it take a while for them to dekink or did you boil them first?

8) Hey now 1bass, we are Bass Players and not those spoiled Guitar Player dudes. We make do with what we have and lay down the low end !! I actually know several guys who use well played "electric" bass strings on their acoustic basses and for a variety of reasons, really like it. 8)

1bassleft wrote:
:x Hate phosphor bronze although, have to say Tim, recycling your nickels onto another guitar is a bit stingey. It's like our bent jacks in that other thread but even I wouldn't transplant the cheese cutters. Did it take a while for them to dekink or did you boil them first?

:lol: The point was to get something nice and dull on the acoustic, new strings sound bad enough on an electric but at least you can tweak the amp to compensate. With nicely 'worn-in' strings the acoustic is sounding pub-ready straight out of the blocks. Which is good as I should be playing in my local soon.

8) It really is OK to use old strings !! I had a conversation with Duck Dunn several years ago. He hates new strings and in fact told me his motto was " Don't change them till they break." A major part of his tone is those old worn out strings !! Rumor has it that James Jamerson never changed strings. He was Motown !! He said he loved the dull thump of dead Flatwounds ( Heavy gayge ) through his Black Tuck and Roll Kustom with 2-15's.

Might be a new topic to find out how often eaof us change strings !! 8)

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