String Experience with Carvin AC50 AC40
Just throwing out some info for any Carvin AC50 or AC40 owners. I bought a beautiful AC50 from a TB'r here and love it. Didn't love the black nylon LaBella's. Didn't want an upright bass tone. I wanted something with more focus and attack for the rock covers my band sometimes plays at our occassional acoustic gigs. I didn't like the nasty sympathetic harmonics I was getting either. I would play a B on the G string and the A string would sing out all by itself as if it was plucked. Several sets of strings later I put on one of my favorites... a 5 string set of D'addarrio Chromes. This was the 45-132 set. Knowing these strings from past experience I played them for about 20 hours before deciding if they stayed on. These strings are a different animal after 20 hours or so. The sound now is very focused and depending on EQ I can go from an acoustic bass guitar sound to a focused solid body sound (dial out the mids!). The unwanted harmonics are minimal and I have since completely eliminated them using a Gruv Fretwrap. I tried some LaBella flats as well and they were equally nice but they give a bit more "thud" when broken in and I prefer the focused fundamental the Chromes provide a bit better. Don't let the bright clicky sound when first installed throw you. Play them for a while and play with the EQ and they will settle out nicely.
Medium Scale Club #27, Fender P-Bass Club #658, Fender Jazz Bass Club #619.