What gauge for a hi C string?

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What gauge for a hi C string?

Postby gimmeagig » Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:24 pm

A few months back I converted one of my 5 string basses to EADGC tuning. It's a 35: scale bass I have DR Hi Beam 105-45 and a 30 C string. I really like it but I'm not sure if I have the right gauge for the C string. The C is a little twangy and doesn't quite blend with the G string below the 8th fret but starts to sound very good above that. I'm wondering if a 35 C string might not be better. What do you guys think?

Re: What gauge for a hi C string?

Postby gimmeagig » Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:05 pm

nobody, really?

Re: What gauge for a hi C string?

Postby jshilgebass » Sat Nov 07, 2015 6:51 pm

gimmeagig wrote:nobody, really?

Lemme take a crack at this...

I checked the gauges on my three 6 string basses:

The Modulus Quantum 6 has Fodera stainless steel strings. High C is .034, E is .105 (B is .130)
The ACG Recurve single-cut 6 has Thomastik-Infeld Superalloys (long scale). High C is .025, E is .100 (B is .120)
The cheap-ass ( [smilie=cheeky-smiley-025.gif] ) Brice Z6NT has DR Neon multi-colored strings High C is .030, E is ,105 (B is .125)

As you can see, the Fodera has a .034 C string matched with a .105 E, and to my ears it doesn't sound too twangy going up and down the full length of the neck, unless I purposely dial it in with the John East U-Retro preamp that it has. The ACG definitely sounds twangy, but with its preamp I can dial it out quite easily. The Brice ain't all that twangy either, but that might be because of the string coating.

I'm thinking you can try out a .035 C string and see what happens...there might not be that much of a difference in tension from a .034.

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Re: What gauge for a hi C string?

Postby GonzoBass » Sat Nov 21, 2015 4:40 pm

Sorry, 4 bangers here.
...even the one I have strung B-E-A-D.


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Re: What gauge for a hi C string?

Postby Golem » Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:22 pm

When I was less older and less reality-connected, I had
a TRB 6FL, 34" [the Patitucci scale, not the usual 35" of
most TRB 6]. I distinctly remember buying a .034 guitar
string for the C-string.

I also had to create a new 'keyhole' in the base plate of
the bridge, cuz a guitar string didn't quite stretch from
the tailpiece to 1.5" beyond the peg. I recall for sure it
was NOT twangy ... cuz I despise twangy bass.


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