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Poll: Most commonly used roundwound gauge (90 member(s) have cast votes)

What gauge of roundwound strings do you most commonly use?

  1. 30 - 95 (1 votes [1.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.11%

  2. 40 - 100 (14 votes [15.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.56%

  3. 45 - 105 (62 votes [68.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 68.89%

  4. 50 - 105 (2 votes [2.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.22%

  5. 55 - 110 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Other (11 votes [12.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.22%

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 08:24 AM

I've just switched back to using 40-100's after moving to 45-105's for a few years. Before that I always used 40-100's. I've no idea why I switched, unless I was after a heavier tone. Just out of curiosity, I thought it would be interesting to see what is the most commonly used roundwound gauge.

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 08:35 AM

I tend to use the 5-string equivalent of 40-100, but IMO the E and Low B strings in these sets nearly always feel to flexible and are definitely much lower tension than the other strings. My ideal set would be something like: 40, 60, 80, 105, 135. That for me would deliver a much more consistent feel between the strings.

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 08:39 AM

45-105 for me. Always has been and probably not going to change now :)

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 08:51 AM

45-105 for me but I have just started trying out 45-100 flats

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 08:59 AM

Generally I use 45 - 105 on my basses. But a short scale bass I bought a couple of years ago came with 40 -100 so for that bass anyway I will stick with that gauge.
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Posted 12 July 2017 - 10:35 AM

45 - 100 ideally. I have 45 - 105 at the moment but I find the 105 a bit heavy. 40 is too light on the top for me.
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Posted 12 July 2017 - 10:39 AM

View Postradiophonic, on 12 July 2017 - 10:35 AM, said:

45 - 100 ideally. I have 45 - 105 at the moment but I find the 105 a bit heavy. 40 is too light on the top for me.

Me too. Just gravitated over the years to the point where 45-100 is my go to.
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Posted 12 July 2017 - 11:00 AM

When I first started buying bass strings, the Rotosound 45-105 sets were labelled "standard gauge," so I assumed that was indeed the normal way! I have tried a hybrid set after I got it by accident (45-100, I think) but I couldn't really feel much difference. Even when I ventured into different string brands, 45-105 seems to have been the most common set to come by, so I've just stuck with what's familiar and easy to get hold of, I guess.
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Posted 12 July 2017 - 11:27 AM

45-105 for me. I sometimes go for a slightly heavier set if i know i'll be tuning down but for the most part that works nicely for me. I can't remember whether i have 45-130 or 135 on the 5 string.

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 11:37 AM

40-100 always.
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Posted 12 July 2017 - 11:41 AM

I used to use 40-100 elites for years but have recently gone heavier. Now use the Rotosound round wound Billy Sheehan's 43-110 (given to me by the man himself - clang) on one bass and LaBella Jameson heavy flats 52-110 on the other P Bass. Now find the heavier E string helps with drop tuning (Hipshot) and gives a heavier tone IMHO.

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 12:11 PM

Ernie ball super slinkys are a popular string, or regular slinky in the five strings 45-65-80-100-130.

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 04:23 PM

Ooh, timely question!

I've played 45-100 pretty much exclusively. Nice and snappy, and they suit my Jazz perfectly. However on my recently acquired Precision the E string is too floppy. 105's are nice and taut, but they go dull a bit too quickly in my experience, so I'm looking for something with the best of both.

I tried some 45-100 flats which were nice and and firm, but I found I prefer rounds on my P (heathen!).

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 10:24 PM

I use Ernie Ball Reg Slinkies. I like the heavier G string. (.50 I believe it is) :happy:
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Posted 13 July 2017 - 05:35 AM

45-105 but I find it hard to play bends on these.

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 07:49 AM

45-105
We usually play a semitone down to reduce strain on the vocals. Add in the drop D (flat) tuner and lighter strings would be impractical. Plus I like a bit of punch and to be able to dig in a bit
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Posted 13 July 2017 - 08:50 AM

This is really interesting! The results so far tally up with our experience.
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Posted 13 July 2017 - 09:01 AM

40-100 for standard tuning, 45-105 half step down, 50-110 full step down (which also covered drop-C okay). All 34" scale. My short scale has 50-110 in standard for playability.

To be honest I've used 45-100 in standard tuning with no problem at all.
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Posted 13 July 2017 - 09:05 AM

A couple of people have posted about heavier tone. I though a heavier guage string (all else being equal) generally gave a brighter tone?
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Posted 13 July 2017 - 09:42 AM

I used 40-100 for many years, but then one of my depping jobs involves tuning down to Eb, so i found 45-105 to be more versatile to cover both Eb and concert pitch tunings.

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 10:52 AM

55, 75, 95, 115, 135
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Posted 13 July 2017 - 11:39 AM

was always 40-100 until bought my Warwick Thumb in 89 which came with 35-95 Elites. Tried them for few years but went back to 40-100.
Don't recall ever trying anything heavier on my 4 stringers.

I always thought Rotosound 40-100 was the standard gauge. ?? Been a long time since buying them and this poll shows 45-105 is most common. ?

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 12:15 PM

View PostNorris, on 13 July 2017 - 07:49 AM, said:

45-105
We usually play a semitone down to reduce strain on the vocals. Add in the drop D (flat) tuner and lighter strings would be impractical. Plus I like a bit of punch and to be able to dig in a bit

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40-100 for standard tuning, 45-105 half step down, 50-110 full step down (which also covered drop-C okay). All 34" scale. My short scale has 50-110 in standard for playability.

To be honest I've used 45-100 in standard tuning with no problem at all.

View Postbassbiscuits, on 13 July 2017 - 09:42 AM, said:

I used 40-100 for many years, but then one of my depping jobs involves tuning down to Eb, so i found 45-105 to be more versatile to cover both Eb and concert pitch tunings.

I've just remembered that tuning down to Eb was the reason I moved to 45-105. I even tried 55-110 at one point, had to modify the nut to suit (after I broke the original nut whilst tuning up), but 55's were way too high a tension for me

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 12:16 PM

View PostBolo, on 13 July 2017 - 10:52 AM, said:

55, 75, 95, 115, 135
G, D, A, E, A

You must have fingers of iron, my friend :o

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 12:53 PM

I'm surprised with the results so far - most of my friends play 40-100 - I prefer something lighter. I didn't realise that 105s were as popular as they are.

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 01:18 PM

I've just ordered a set of 55 - 120 (four string) for a Thunderbird that will be tuned DGCF. According to D'Addario's calculator, that will be same tension as my standard 50 - 105 I use for EADG. I had to order individual strings as there isn't a set of that weight.
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Posted 13 July 2017 - 11:15 PM

When I used flats I bought individual Chromes to be as balanced as possible plus allow me to drop the E to D. They were 45, 60, 80, 110 and were pretty much spot on tension wise from string to string.

No I'm back to rounds D'addario's 165EXLs are perfect for me, even when dropping the E down to B

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 09:41 PM

 MoJo, on 13 July 2017 - 12:16 PM, said:



You must have fingers of iron, my friend :o
I love how tonaly coherent the strings sound, and they don't flubber about.
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Posted 14 July 2017 - 10:08 PM

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 11:55 PM

Might anyone have a suggestion for a round wound E string that is slightly tighter in feel than the 100 string from the 170EXL set?

On my Jazz the 170EXL set is perfect, but on my P I could do with a stiffer E string. The 105 seems to lack some snap, unfortunately.





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