Dean Markley 2664 Randy Jackson Alchemy Medium Bass Strings
I've been playing bass now for about eight years, I really believe that strings help with tone, but true color comes from the hands that pluck them. With that said I'd like to share my brief experience with this set of strings.
About two days ago I got back from college and I had forgot that I had a set of these. So, I slapped them on my Hamer Cruise bass. This bass is about 16 to 17 yrs old I think. It has a Gotoh bridge, Schaller tuners, and some decent pickups. It is to me a solid middle of the road jazz bass that sounds great. When I took the strings out I noticed the purple wrap up top, which didn't bother me. Then I saw the gold...this I kinda liked. There was no discoloration except a little bit on the D string around the fourth fret. Looks like little specks of black. I didn't notice any unevenness in the strings, they seem to sing quite well at this point. They are not as bright though as the Elricks I had on this bass before. The slap tone is decent, but sounds a little to metallic(?). Maybe it's since these strings are still a bit fresh or it could be the extra metal that they have. Other then that the finger tone sounds good across the fretboard. They aren't the best string but they feel wonderful to the touch and seem to just have a good amount of tension.
With one of my basses getting a new nut, I believe these strings might be a good choice for my Lakland Skyline Darryl Jones bass. However, I really don't like the price of the Alchemys ($40). If it comes down to price I wouldn't recommended buy these, but we'll see how they age and if the tone stays even on each string.
Last edited by lovefist : 12-14-2008 at 01:44 PM.