Posted by ANDY on January 10, 2001 at 00:41:00:
In Reply to: A question about strings...?? posted by Tre on January 09, 2001 at 21:36:42:
: What are the standard string gauges for a bass guitar? An electric guitar usually comes with .009-.042 strings. So anyone know what a bass usually comes with? .045-.105 strings? Please help, thanks.
Yes Tre,.045-.105 can be considered as a "standard" guage for four string bass guitar.Althought the term "standard" is relative to the music style you may may play.It's also relative to the string manufacturer's string specs.Any time spent comparing any two or more sets of different brands guages will only add to the confussion and make anyone ask what you have.Sets named light ,medium and heavy are guaged around this "standard" .045-105,"standard" acting as the "medium" set much like six string electric guitar sets.Comparing med set brand "A"to "B",you may find individual strings don't match up."A's dstring may be .080 while "B's" may be.085 .045.065.085.105 , could be considered a"standard" guage set.Being standard or med guage,it's a good set to start from,as you will have a better feel as to what might be heavier or lighter guages from there.They're also the most widly available and usally the least expensive of sets.May I suggest a .045-.105 groundwound set,brand of your choice? In the end,whats relative to you is that you find a set\guage that you enjoy playing and let that be your "Standard".P.S. for more info on basstrings try http://bassplayer.com back issues march 1996 special issue strings.
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