Who invented the "Gauge" system?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by bruno hau, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. bruno hau

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    The metric system with 1.30mm (16g) being thicker than 1.23mm (17g) makes sense. How come the "gauge" system is in reverse with the higher gauge # for thinner strings?

    Will the "gauge" system be NEGATIVE if the string is EXTREMELY THICK like 10.00mm since the lower the gauge # the thicker the strings?
     
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  2. User Name

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    interesting thought... man -10 gauge would be a pain to string
     
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  3. pow

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    My friend has piercings and it seems they follow a similar if not the same gauge system.
     
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  4. ThePro101

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    Lucian Sharpe in the 1850s

    No, the zeros '0' become more... e.g.
    000(3/0) gauge is equal to 10.4mm
    00(2/0) gauge is equal to 9.3mm
    16 gauge is equal to 1.3mm

    :smile:
     
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