Re: String gauge for slapping ?

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Posted by Basscat on December 25, 2001 at 04:25:30:

In Reply to: String gauge for slapping ? posted by Tiago on December 12, 2001 at 06:32:31:

: What's the best string gauge for Slapping ?

It depends on the tone you want and the playability you want to have. I use a range of slapping techniques including most of the ones that VW and MM use and I use DR Hi Beams on my 5-string 45-125. These gauges get me a fairly full tone that can be used to play melodies using slapping and plucking. Some players go for a more percussive sound and they usually go for lighter gauge strings where the attack becomes quicker and a more dominant part of the sound. Some techniques like double thumbing is a bit easier with lighter gauge strings but generally the muscles tend to adjust to different amounts of tension. Here's a partial list of the choices of some of the good slappers I can think of:

Marcus Miller: DR Fatbeams, 45-105
Victor Wooten: Fodera Signature 40-95
Alain Caron (6 string): La Bella Slappers 30-45-65-85-105-130
Mark King: 30-90(!)
Dough Wimbish: 40-95
Jonas Hellborg: 30-90
Stu Hamm: 45-105
Dave LaRue: 40-100

I would suggest that you try 45-105 considering the heavy gauge your coming from. Bear in mind that you probably need to adjust the relief pf your neck when changing string gauge.

Good luck!

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