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Unread 05-04-2010, 12:51 AM   #1
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Using bass strings on guitar

So heres my situation. I want to try some thicker strings on my RG2228, specifically the B and F# strings. I dont intend to tune down any lower than standard, except the F# i tune down to an E (EBEADGBe). Being the impatient person that i am, i was wondering if using bass strings on guitar yields good results. I only ask this because my local guitar store only up to .52 gauge guitar strings, the only ones they have that are thicker are bass strings. Id order some proper guitar strings only, but it will take a few days to get here (impatient, i know :P).

So, anyone have any experience in this matter?
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Unread 05-04-2010, 01:20 AM   #2
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No. Don't use bass strings on a guitar. They aren't made the same and don't have the same tonal qualities.
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dont. order the right strings for the guitar.
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The only bass string I'd use on a guitar would be an Elixir string, as they are made the same to, at least, .080


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Are you guys serious?

Look this has been bounced around before several times - and I'll admit, I'm still confused about what the differences are - but this isn't exactly an open and shut case.

We are still talking about carbon steel cores round-wound wrapped with nickel alloys, yeah? So what's the difference between an 0.080" D'Addario XL bass guitar string and an 0.080" D'Addario XL guitar string? I'm going to be popping a bass string on to my low E to firm up from 74, so maybe I'll learn the answer to my own question...

Do bass guitar strings have thicker cores or different density wrapping?

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Meshuggah use bass strings, and they sound fine to me. I don't know what everyone's problem is.
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Meshuggah use bass strings, and they sound fine to me. I don't know what everyone's problem is.
Indeed...and they're using DR roundcore .70's to boot. I use a the same but a hex core (which will feel a bit tighter), using their patches, and it's dead on. Absolute nonsense about bass strings sounding bad. Using too large a gauge makes it sound too rounded on the pick attack and bass-like, which I think is most people's problem with the tone they get with bass strings. Use a lighter gauge, have good pick technique, and you'll get enough attack and 'djent'.
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Indeed...and they're using DR roundcore .70's to boot. I use a the same but a hex core (which will feel a bit tighter), using their patches, and it's dead on.
Do they use Sunbeams (nickel wrap) or Hi-Beams (stainless wrap)? According to JustStrings.com, Sunbeams are not available at 70, only 65 and 75, while Hi-Beams are available at 70, which perhaps answers my questions.

What do you use? Which type do you think would match best with nickel-wrap guitar strings?

You just made me realize that I could be using one of these strings at a lighter gauge than 0.080 to hit the drop E tuning, because a round core will provide more tension than a hex core (assuming equal core:wrap ratio).

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Do they use Sunbeams (nickel wrap) or Hi-Beams (stainless wrap)? According to JustStrings.com, Sunbeams are not available at 70, only 65 and 75, while Hi-Beams are available at 70, which perhaps answers my questions.

What do you use? Which type do you think would match best with nickel-wrap guitar strings?

You just made me realize that I could be using one of these strings at a lighter gauge than 0.080 to hit the drop E tuning, because a round core will provide more tension than a hex core (assuming equal core:wrap ratio).

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Nickle wrap .70 to match the the Tite-Fit guitar strings, which they get by the boxload directly from DR as they're endorsed by them. I'm using normal D'Addario 9-54 + .70 nickle wrap bass string on a 30" scale. Actually you have that backwards; Hex core strings have more inherent tension than round core. Stainless wrap will sound brighter, but is harder on frets in the long run. I tried the exact same DR's, but there was something about the round core feel I didn't care for, and as a repair tech in a busy store, I see far too many intonation issues with DR round core strings from weird winding inconsistencies, particularly with D strings for some strange reason.
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thanx for the input guys. I think i might just try a bass string, probably a .072 (RG2228 factory string gauge is .065 for the F#). Ill let you guys know how it turns out.
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Tried bass strings once or twice and i am still alive.

I think this one goes down to the brand and player's feel more than to a technical side. Who knows the guys against using bass strings might be right.
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I used a 72 bass string and it was fine, a little bit muddy but that could be shitty ibanez pickups aswell! The string felt fine other then being larger then normal.
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Actually you have that backwards; Hex core strings have more inherent tension than round core.
Thanks for correcting me and making my 250-post fail

So does anyone know the difference between "equivalent" bass and guitar strings? That's the real question here. If there's no difference other than the length to which they're cut, then there's no difference.

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Indeed...and they're using DR roundcore .70's to boot. I use a the same but a hex core (which will feel a bit tighter), using their patches, and it's dead on. Absolute nonsense about bass strings sounding bad. Using too large a gauge makes it sound too rounded on the pick attack and bass-like, which I think is most people's problem with the tone they get with bass strings. Use a lighter gauge, have good pick technique, and you'll get enough attack and 'djent'.
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I'm sporting a .72 bass string for my low F on my 28" Agile, but it's just not quite tight enough for fast chugging as stuff. I'll have a look at those DR hex cores.
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Maybe even up it to 75?

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Dendroaspis here gave me a couple .75 strings (dŽaddario) to try out when i had my 28" scale baritone 6 string. it was absolutely awesome, and both felt and sounded perfect. worked really well with the guitar strings, really. bass strings are made for lower pitches and tighter low end etc, and so if you get a bright sounding bass string, youŽll get that meshuggah-like djenty/quacky type sound. i tried a .74 guitar string (also dŽaddario) on the 30" scale intrepid, and it too sounded good. so honestly, both will sound good. donŽt choose one over the other "just because". the only reason iŽd rather use a guitar string rather than a guitar string, is the size of the ball end. who knows, maybe that really is the only real difference?

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Dendroaspis here gave me a couple .75 strings (dŽaddario) to try out when i had my 28" scale baritone 6 string. it was absolutely awesome, and both felt and sounded perfect. worked really well with the guitar strings, really. bass strings are made for lower pitches and tighter low end etc, and so if you get a bright sounding bass string, youŽll get that meshuggah-like djenty/quacky type sound. i tried a .74 guitar string (also dŽaddario) on the 30" scale intrepid, and it too sounded good. so honestly, both will sound good. donŽt choose one over the other "just because". the only reason iŽd rather use a guitar string rather than a guitar string, is the size of the ball end. who knows, maybe that really is the only real difference?

Thats a good point. I havent changed the strings on my RG2228 yet, and havent done any reading... do you have to cut the ball ends off when restringing an RG2228?
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Thats a good point. I havent changed the strings on my RG2228 yet, and havent done any reading... do you have to cut the ball ends off when restringing an RG2228?
yep, you do have to cut the ball ends off. in other words, the ball end size difference is non-existant if you use a 2228. you can use whatever you want.

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They work ...

I have used Dadario 75 on 25.5 tuned to low G and Newtone round core down to A - both with good result.

Dadario is boomy on upper frets but that must be my scale length
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All this talk of cutting balls makes me wanna...

So nobody has come up with a material reason to explain if/how bass strings are any different than guitar strings?

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Do search on the forum for "bass string" and plenty of discussions will come up. One thing that I see stated numerous times is that bass strings get a second winding at a lower gauge than guitar strings do. So, for example, a D'addario .070 guitar string may be single wound but a D'addario .070 may be double wound. This would give them different tonal qualities.
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use what sounds good. all questions answered.
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Meshuggah use bass strings, and they sound fine to me. I don't know what everyone's problem is.
they wouldn't do that if there were guitar strings long enough to fit their huge scale guitars
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No. Don't use bass strings on a guitar. They aren't made the same and don't have the same tonal qualities.
We're talking about tuning a guitar DOWN to E, and you're advising based on tonal properties?

If anything, bass strings are made to sound clear at bass E, so you're likely to enjoy the way they sound on a guitar tuned that low.
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a D'addario .070 guitar string may be single wound but a D'addario .070 may be double wound.
This is essentially correct.


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they wouldn't do that if there were guitar strings long enough to fit their huge scale guitars
The rest of the strings on those guitars ARE guitar strings, it has nothing to do with the length of the string, which have no problem fitting, it has to do with gauge and what's available. The ball ends are cut off anyways, large or small...

And never make presumptions about what people would or wouldn't do - you don't know what they'd think, really.
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