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PostSubject: My 2 cents on gauges and action   Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:58 pm

I am def in the low action/light gauge camp.
Extremely low,actually, and extremely light strings.
All my basses are strung with SIT Rock Brights Stainless Round Wounds .030 .050 .070 .090 with relative gauges on my 5 strings. I have a 12 string with a custom light gauge set from SIT in their Power Steel Series.
I have written Tim Pfouts of SIT about a custom gauge for my 6 string that will have a Kahler mounted on it very soon. I want to tune this bass EADGCF. I know that SIT makes the Snakeskins Strings for Conklin's extended range basses.
Ley's see what they can come up with!
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PostSubject: Re: My 2 cents on gauges and action   Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:57 pm

Indeed! I have also had great luck with lighter gauges, as I recently tried using a set of Rotosounds that were 40-60-80-100. They worked really well, although I did find I was missing some low-end.

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PostSubject: Re: My 2 cents on gauges and action   Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:19 am

Tim has been on vacation all week, but Joe from SIT got a hold of me. They only offer an .018 F in plain. He said it would probably feel weird going from wound to plain. I agree, although I did have one of my basses strung with Rotosound Picollos and the G was a plain. However, I really wanna stay with a wound string. I may need to get my regular set of strings from SIT that I've been using..and then add the extra strings from Conklin..turns out they sell singles and offer a wound .020 F!
Another option, this suggested by Doug Montgomery of Guitar Factory in Orlando. is to use a wound banjo string as they have a long scale. He actually did this on a 7 string bass he made for a client. He soldered the ball onto the end (banjo strings have a looped end with no ball). He said it worked great!
We'll see...maybe when Tim gets back from holiday he may have a suggestion.
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PostSubject: Re: My 2 cents on gauges and action   Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:26 pm

Keep us posted, Juan. I will be really interested to hear what the results are. I believe that so many things we experience as players are subjective to one's personal experience, so I am always open to the results from every player. For example, I was always of the opinion that flatwounds would not work well on a trem, but we have had players that had great luck with them, so there ya go. String gauges are but another example. Our dear friend John Gallagher of Raven uses really ultra-light strings on his tremmed custom Explorer, and has almost no problems (I have played on his bass before, and can confirm this firsthand).

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PostSubject: Re: My 2 cents on gauges and action   Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:27 pm

Turns out Tim at S.I.T. is sending me a .025 for a C and I got a .020 round wound Snakeskins from Conklin. I'll keep ya posted!!!
Flats...I tried and tried to like 'em...but no can do! It's the feel...like they drag on your fingers or something. At least that's how they feel to me. As for sound,well,what Steve Harris does on his P Bass sounds amazing!!! I love his tone!
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