Acoustic Bass Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Tabatchnick, Dec 5, 2013.


  1. Tabatchnick

    Tabatchnick

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  2. prd004

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    Rotosound flats have way too much tension for an acoustic bass, if you don't pull the bridge off, you will certainly lift the top/bridge area and do some damage to your bass.

    I would go with low tension flats (like TI's) or nylon tapewounds
  3. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    You could do it. Just don't go for the 77LE heavy tension set. Go for the SM77 set 40-100
  4. Tabatchnick

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    Thanks for the input all!

    I will play it safe and go with the RotoSound RS88LD. They are nylon flatwound, ultra low tension.
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  6. prd004

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    I much prefer the LaBella Tapes over the Rotosound. The Roto's had a gigantic E string that would not fit in the nut slot on my AEB
  7. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    You will have to modify the nut to fit those keep that in mind.
  8. Cnote2

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    I have the exact same bass & I was thinking about changing the strings this was right on time
  9. Gorn Captain

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    I have that bass and heavy strings make playable action difficult to set. Lighter is better.

    TI flats or light chromes work well. Anything over a 105 won't fit in the estring bridge peg.
  10. hrodbert696

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    I used to have a lovely Michael Kelly fretless acoustic, and sold it to a guy (bad decision...). A few weeks later he emails me accusing me of selling him a defective instrument and wanting me to pay for repairs. The nut was cracking and the bridge had broken. It was in perfect shape when I sold it to him, he had spent 20 minutes at my house trying it out. Looked at pics he sent, and clearly he had tried putting high-tension strings on it and destroyed the poor instrument when he tried to tune them up. Go with low tension!
  11. Gorn Captain

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    Agreed. Another thing worth mentioning, low tension strings don't feel like low tension once they're strung on the bass. I had 40-95 chromes on the ibby acoustic and they felt just as tight as 45-105 on an electric. The TI's I have on there now aren't at all like wet noodles, which is what they feel like to me on an electric.
  12. oysteivi

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    I like tapewounds for playing unamplified on an acoustic. The clank just from fretting a metal string normally is unpleasant to me.

    I didn't do any damage to my (p.o.s) Oscar Schmidt OB100 when I put Steve Harris signature RS77 strings on it, but the truss rod couldn't be tightened enough to fully straighten the neck. That's a 32" scale, however. On a 34", the higher tension might have busted something. I have D'Addario black nylon tapewounds on it now, but as the bass is still a p.o.s, it's mostly a display item in my living room.
  13. Gorn Captain

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    Did you tell him about this? How did it work out?
  14. HeavyJazz77

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    I've used a bunch of different ones before settling on Rotosound Photos/Bron 40-100. They don't have those odd overtones in the upper register most alternatives do. The only downside is the price.
  15. hrodbert696

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    I had a thread about it on TB a while back. He was emailing me wanting me to pay for the repairs, and I refused, since a) he had taken ample time to examine the bass to his satisfaction and b) CL sales are as-is anyway. I only figured out that he must have put the wrong strings on it after I stopped returning his emails.
  16. braud357

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    I have changed the strings on my Dean ABG twice - first replacement set was Dean Markley's - they sounded great ! When they needed replacing - I had some trouble finding them in stock. I decided to try a set of coated Elixir strings. I thought - no more bronze fingers ! Put them on and was EXTREMELY disappointed - very dull sounding ! They are still on there, but I will be replacing them very soon. And, remember what was said on a prior post - do not try to use standard bass strings on a ABG - something is bound to give !
  17. zon6c-f

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    I replaced to stock bronze-rounds with LaBella short scale strings on my Fender ABG-1.

    Sounds more like a bass than a bass-guitar..which it actually is, when strung with bronze rounds.

    Still a P.O.S. instrument...Sounds better but intonation /set up/ repairs are not worth the investment. Would cost at least as much to repair as original cost of instrument.
  18. heynorm

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    LaBella black nylon tapes on my Ibanez acoustic bass are like butta!

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