The old guy
I play in a variety band ,mostly 50 to 70 music.I play a Fender Squier short Scale bass with Fender flats.It sounds very 50's.I just purchased a used Ibanez four string GSR m20 short scale bass guitar.I would like it to sound different then my Fender .Maybe on some songs ,if suitable I can play the Ibanez and maybe give the group a,little more modern sound on that number.At least give it a different sound.I really don't want to change much more then the strings.What Can I put on the Ibanez to make it sound different then the Fender,and what sound can I expect out of it?
hey dave! you'll have a little more luck posting in the "strings" section, but to answer your question....
stainless steel strings are general very bright sounding.
nickels are a bit warmer. i use nickels and normally play with a pick, just my preference.
flats are very mellow and old school sounding. think jamerson or duck dunn.
there are also half wounds which i don't have any experience with, but are supposed to be a little mellower than flats.
this is just a very general answer, but i'm sure someone smarter than me will be along soon enough! best of luck
I like the feel and tone of tape wounds . I have these on 3 basses, flats on 2 and rounds on 3 for variety.
Moved to Strings
In general, the Ibanez will give you a different (more modern sound if you will) than the Squier. Just the manufacturing of the two instruments makes for a different sound. That is why I have six bass guitars myself.
As for strings, give some round wounds a try. They will add an extra "zing". Especially useful (in my experience) if you play any disco or funk type tunes. I love flat wounds myself, but try a "bright flat" on the Ibanez. GHS and RotoSound 77 are two I could recommend.
if youre looking for something on the total opposite end of the tonal spectrum from flats, I would recommend Dean markley stainless steel helix strings. quite bright and twangy
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