I’m wondering about string gauge.
I’ve always used 45-105 (D’addario nickel round wound, usually tuned in Drop-D). My green P felt a bit too tiring, so I switched recently to 40-95 (a stainless steel round wound set that I already had). After a proper setup with the new strings, the P is way more comfortable and I can play it longer without being tired. I don’t like much the touch of stainless steel strings but the 40-95 gauge feels good for generic pick and finger playing in standard tuning. That said, the 95 string is a little bit flubby when I’m in Drop-D, so I may switch latter to 40-100 (nickel wound) for this reason, and I think (/hope) it should work well.
The problem is, for fast playing (shuffle or chugging with bare fingers, or down-up with a pick), the light strings feel too flubby and lack some precision. Then I try on the Yamaha SBV, which still is in 45-105, and everything goes better.
For exemple the M10L4 (Some Kind Of Wounderful, fast workout) is impossible for me to play properly on the P, but it’s OK with the Yam.
What doesn’t help me at all is that, on the guitar, I do everything with the same gauge (10-52 on 25.5", if it means something to some of you) and that’s perfectly fine (but I must say I never use standard tuning on guitar, only drop-D).
So I have a lot of questions comming :
- is what I describe normal, or at least common ?
- what gauge do you use and how does it feel to you ?
- is it an utopy to look for a gauge that would work well for finger AND pick AND slow tempo AND fast tempo AND standard tuning AND drop-D, without being too much tiring ?
- … or is it a good reason to legitimate having multiple basses, dedicated to more specific uses ?