Thread: String Gauges
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Old 2006-12-15, 16:50
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Originally Posted by Valtiel
String gauge matters quite a bit, although I would say more so for guitarists than bass players. Heavier string gauge tends to equal a fatter tone and the string tension is higher, making them a little harder to play. A lighter gauge will tend to sound brighter with less bottom end and feel less taught than a heavy gauge set.
I guess that explains why bending was easier with the lighter set and also why my current set sounds so much better for slapping and lower stuff in general.

Cool. You've pretty much put into words exactly what I felt but could not explain about Elixirs. A better sounding high end but poor low end.

Do they sell custom light sets for bass like they do for guitar? (that is, sets with heavy low strings and light high strings)
Some people say to think outside the box.
I say do away with it. You can always stand in its former location if you need to make use of the perspective it gave you, but will benefit from the ability to situate yourself in different loci with ease.
Destroy the box.
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