Best Strings

Best Strings

Best Strings    21:19 on Monday, March 24, 2008          


I was wondering, what kind of strings do you use? Be specific: Name brand, string name, and gauge.


For Example: I use Ernie Ball Extra Slinky, a gauge of .040, .060, .070, .095.

Re: Best Strings    16:36 on Monday, June 02, 2008          


Come on, people, there's no such thing as a stringless bass! Please tell me about you're strings.

Re: Best Strings    17:15 on Wednesday, June 18, 2008          

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Posted by doctortron

I use Rotosound RN66LD's, 45 through 105. It's a nickle-wound string that tends to be a bit bright and has great sustain. They sound great when using a really firm (.1mm or thicker) pick.

Re: Best Strings    18:01 on Wednesday, June 18, 2008          


Thanks for responding! This subject had been up for over 2 months before someone replied!

Re: Best Strings    10:11 on Monday, June 23, 2008          


Great choice of string! I love ernie ball string! Also, your site is pretty helpful for starter bassists.

Re: Best Strings    18:22 on Tuesday, November 18, 2008          

(23 points)
Posted by Punk4Trev

definitely agree..ernie ball strings

Re: Best Strings    22:09 on Thursday, January 01, 2009          

(52 points)
Posted by jimhm

Interesting list of responses. Just goes to show that what's good for one person may not be the choice for another. I have 3 basses in regular use: a Kydd upright ("stick") bass which is a short-scale 5-string fretless with piezo pickup under the bridge, a Schecter 5-string which has a long (35") scale, and a cheap imitation of the Hofner violin-body which is another short-scale. I use the same strings on all of them: D'Addario Chromes at .045, .065, .080, .100 and .132. I love the "slippery" feel of the polished ribbon-wound strings. Makes for fast movement up and down the neck. The gauge is heavy enough to keep them tight on the short-scale necks (even the low B on the Kydd doesn't rattle) and on the Schecter they provide incredible sustain. They're "soft" enough to provide a nice full bass boom for rhythm bass lines, and still have plenty of bite with the bridge pickup and plucking the string down near the bridge.

I use primarily finger plucking rather than a pick, since I originally started playing bass on an upright acoustic contrabass. I've found these strings give my a very wide range of tones without touching the controls: just moving my plucking position up and down between the bridge and the neck.

These strings are also very long lasting (the ones on my Kydd haven't needed replacement since I got the instrument in '97!) They also stay in tune over long periods and even when bringing a guitar into a warm room from sitting in a car for a while in the winter.


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