bass string gauge

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bass string gauge

Post by corbind » December 18th, 2003, 6:36 pm

When I had my bass I never changed the strings.  Now that I sold that thing and got serious about 6 string guitar I change my strings every 2 (max 3) weeks.  Anyway, I never knew even 1/100th of what I know now about guitar or bass.  Yet does anyone want to offer opinions on what the "normal/most-used" bass string gauges used for 4 string?  My brother's guitar is an Ibanez SR800 he bought about 10 years ago.  It should be similar to the one I had: ... id/519508/

Further, if you can determine the string gauge would you speculate if it's stainless steel, NPS, nickel, bronze, plutonium, whatever?  I'd like to buy a set of strings for his guitar.  Then I'll give his guitar a good detailed cleaning and some new strings so he won't have to change them for another ten years!  :-)

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Re: bass string gauge

Post by Laz » December 18th, 2003, 9:21 pm

Just as guitar strings come in different families, usually defined by the size of the high E string (.011 = medium, .010 = light, .009 = super light), bass strings also come in families.  The G string usually varies between .040 and .050, and the fat E string can range from 0.90 to .110.  I think a nominal heavy set would be something like .045 - .105.  If you buy them in a pack, then they will likely be tension balanced properly.

If you don't want to have to change them for a while, try the Elixirs.  I like them.

But there are a zillion different brands and styles, each claiming a diferent sound.

Your mileage may vary...


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