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Postby Ruutu15 » Thu Aug 28, 2008 4:18 am

I know that I'm not the only bass player here. I need some help in picking my new set of bass strings. I'm using a Fender P-Bass with Seymour Duncan pickups, and I like muddy/Black Sabbath-ish tone. I've always liked GHS strings, but the last set I bought were Ernie Ball Power Slinkys. They sound kinda tinny, even after a couple months of regular play. I had heard a lot of bad things about Ernie Ball, but the heavy E string pushed me in their direction. I'm self trained (aka-full of bad habits), but I've heard that most people prefer D'Addario strings. So...any suggestions?
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Re: Bass strings

Postby goon attack » Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:44 am

It's just going to be personal preference. I used Ernie Ball strings for years and loved them. Then I switched to D'Addario's and those were fine too.

Most brands have a "high top heavy bottom" set, at least for guitar. I always used the D'Addario set that was .52 through .10 (guitar of course)

For drop tunings, I would put that same set on my Les Paul but buy a .58 or .59 separately for the low E. I'd tune down to A on a few songs.

In my experience, the D'Addario strings were really good.

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Re: Bass strings

Postby SIU LAW » Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:37 am

Not bass, but on guitar I swear by DR. I went through a few brands until I fell in love with the tone of them. They seem to need less time to stretch and stay in tune as well.
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Re: Bass strings

Postby ksbluesfan » Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:00 am

I agree with SIULaw -- DR strings are the best. I usually buy the cheapest though.
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Re: Bass strings

Postby Guppy » Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:28 am

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Re: Bass strings

Postby stlbluz » Thu Aug 28, 2008 11:47 am

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Re: Bass strings

Postby StillBleedingBlue » Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:51 pm

I've used D'Addario's for about 4 or 5 years now, and they definitely deliver a solid sound for me, especially for playing metal. I tend to like the heavier gauge strings, for they deliver more power, plus they build finger strength up quite well, and D'Addario's have always had some heavy strings. I know their hybrids have a heavy E and A, with a lighter D and G. I played strictly those type of strings for about a year.
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Re: Bass strings

Postby deadphish » Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:42 am

DR.

More expensive, but last longer. I have High Beams on both my 5 strings.

You may also like RotoSound strings. Might have more of a Sabbath vibe.
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Re: Bass strings

Postby rbochan » Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:15 am

deadphish wrote:DR.

More expensive, but last longer. I have High Beams on both my 5 strings.

You may also like RotoSound strings. Might have more of a Sabbath vibe.


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Re: Bass strings

Postby the knob » Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:58 pm

Guppy wrote:If Kmeyer makes an appearance he could help out.


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Re: Bass strings

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Re: Bass strings

Postby Ehijo » Sat Sep 06, 2008 1:38 pm

Next after Ruutu15, here's my favorite bass player:

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Re: Bass strings

Postby deadphish » Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:54 pm

Ehijo wrote:Next after Ruutu15, here's my favorite bass player:

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Les.
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Re: Bass strings

Postby SIU LAW » Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:28 pm

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I've had Primus' Tales From the Punchbowl in my car changer for the past couple of weeks.

If you haven't heard it already, he does some awesome work on three tracks of Adrian Belew's Side One. Danny Carey (Tool's drummer) takes care of the drums on those tracks as well.
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Re: Bass strings

Postby big d note » Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:41 am

SIU LAW wrote:I've had Primus' Tales From the Punchbowl in my car changer for the past couple of weeks.

Very underrated Primus album, maybe my favorite! My wife still hates them for some reason. They actually played Tommy the Cat on the radio the other day when we were driving around and at the end she gave a vehement "NO" to Les' question at the end, "hey baby, do you wanna lay down with me?" :lol:
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Re: Bass strings

Postby the knob » Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:47 pm

deadphish wrote:
Ehijo wrote:Next after Ruutu15, here's my favorite bass player:

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Les.
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Pork butt?
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