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Re: B string gauge question

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Posted by Mickster ( on May 31, 2002 at 16:16:25:

In Reply to: B string gauge question posted by Tee on May 30, 2002 at 22:25:29:

: Can any of you 5 or 6 string players out there shed some light on what the noticeable differences are in using a larger gauge B string and in using a smaller gauge B string . Currently , I'm using 128 gauge B string and want to try another brand but have only choice of 125 or 130.What will the differences be between the two? Would this difference be very noticeable or suttle? Would appreciated any input.Thanks

Tee, right now I have a set of Dean Markley Blue Steel strings on my 5 string Yamaha, and the B string is 125. I have also had a D'Addario set with a 130 B, and a DR High Beams set with a 120 B. I prefer the 120 or the 125. The 130 was too stiff and almost didn't fit in the nut slot, though this is not a big deal. To me, if the B is too heavy, it "booms" too much. If you have 128s on there now, 130s wouldn't be too different, but, you may like the faster response of a lighter B. I don't like strings that are very heavy. Now that I think of it, I liked the 120s best of all. The unfortunate thing is, you have to try them yourself. It costs $, but, we're all in the same boat. DR High Beams or Dean Markley Blue Steels; they're both good.

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