So I mentioned on here that I got the right strings to tune my 5-string Jazz to D-G-C-F-Bb. http://www.bassstringsonline
sold me some custom sized DR High Beams, and it really made the bass come alive.
The strings were a bit on the thick side, and really made those low notes ring out. The problem was, when I went to play my main bass, the 4-string Jazz tuned to E standard, the two year old DR Black Beauties just sounded muddy and dead.
My wife is my Tone Manager, (trust me; I don't have any choice in this,) and she was just apoplectic about the EQ problems presented when I switch basses, and didn't like that the bass I play the most is the one that sounds the worst.
So I got me a set of High Beams in a slightly heavy gauge for the 4-string, and put them on tonight, and we spent some time A-B'ing the two instruments. At first, she said the 5-string sounded better, so I had her step into the other room, and stopped playing the notes that can only be played on a bass tuned to D. I played a standard blues run, all fretted, so open strings wouldn't give away which bass it was.
She picked the 4-string as the superior tone, and I proved it by walking into the room still playing it. So we had a little celebration, because for the bass I play the most to sound slightly better is cool. (it has EMG Select pickups; the 5-string has whatever Squier Affinity V's come stock with.) It was a good test result for another reason:
I bought HER a set for her Ibanez. She plays GHS Boomers, and I haven't liked their sound since she first put them on. The had a tone of string noise, and sounded overly bright and barky, and now that they've been on long enough to go slightly dead, they still have that annoying rasp to them. I got her a set of DR High Beams in the normal Medium gauge that she likes to play, and I think she is going to put them on this weekend sometime.
I really hope they sound as good on the active Bartollinis as they do on my two Jazz basses, which brings me to a question:
I really think the DR High Beams bring out the sound I like, which is really just the essence of a Fender Jazz bass. Has anyone else experienced this? I mean, they're bright, but it seems like they are "mid-bright" instead of "highs-bright," which I wouldn't like. The lows are well defined, but still have some nice round boominess to them. I'm excited for her to get them on the Ibanez, and more excited to play a gig.
I really think our bass sound has lacked some definition, and when I played the 5-string at the last gig, it really did seem to jump out at you. I hope that happens with all three of our basses.