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Acoustic high C string?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ArmourClad, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. ArmourClad

    ArmourClad

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    Hello all
    Firstly this is my first post so forgive any noobiness
    Ive actually spent a good deal of time looking things up on here over the years but i reached a bit of a dead end this time.
    Bass-icly Ive been trawling the web to try and find a phosphor bronze high C string (.32 is ideal) for an acoustic bass. ( 32 inch scale).
    Any one know how i can get my hands on one in the uk?
  2. FunkMetalBass

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    TI offers one, and I believe D'Addario has one too. You can also see if a similarly sized acoustic guitar string will fit.
  3. ArmourClad

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    Really?
    I could only find standard gauge phosphors by d'addario even on their own site (I have a soft spot for d'addarios)
    A link would be amazing
    Never heard of TI
    As for using a guitar string, will they really fit a 32" scale?
  4. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

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    TI is how we abbreviate Thomastik-Infeld. They make a .035" string phosphor bronze string. I believe they are based in Europe, so you'll just have to search for a UK dealer.

    I was mistaken about the D'Addario 6-string sets. However, in a recent thread, it was discovered that the electric guitar Chromes would fit on a 34" scale bass, so I imagine their phosphor bronze will as well.
  5. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    If you thread a bass ball end through: But it will depend on the headstock configuration of the instrument:

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    TI = Thomastik-Infeld. They are one of the largest makers of violyn strings etc... make some awesome strings...

    The only problem I see with the TI string is they are not like a normal "Phosphor Bronze" string with a steel core. They have a Nylon core wrapped in Phosphor bronze. They are lower tension than standard Phosphor bronze Steel Core strings.

    The bass ball end option may be the best way to go with a standard string if it fits...

    Here is a link to the thread where I put the guitar string on my bass:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f16/f...arstring-bass-823379/index2.html#post11842033
  6. ArmourClad

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    Firstly;
    It's amazing that funk is in the name of all the replies I've gotten on my first thread.
    Secondly;
    It's a Dean aebc5 so the smaller ball of a guitar string should hopefully still work fine
    Will have a look at these TI strings
    Nylon core with a metal wraps gotta be a weird sounding string
    Thirdly;
    I'm thouroughly impressed by how clued in you guys are
    Thank you very much and I look forward to familiarising myself with the rest of the forum
  7. FunkMetalBass

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    If the TI acoustic bass strings are anything like their acoustic guitar strings, they feel very flexible and sound very neutral and transparent, but I didn't think they really complemented my acoustic guitar all that well. My acoustic guitar seems to be scooped in the upper mids, so my tone lacked a certain fullness; a problem I'm sure owners of more expensive acoustic guitars (the kinds that actually use nice woods and proper finishes to achieve desired tone) don't have.
  8. SRS45

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    Thought I'd add to this since it comes out on top still on a google search.

    From my research I've found a few brands that do high C PS strings.

    DR, they don't have them listed on their site but I found they do a 6 string set, ditch the low B. They don't make them often so you may need to contact them.

    Warwick do a red and a black 6 string set. Again you will have a surplus B string

    The best however seems to be Newtone strings based in the UK, they are the best price and also seem to have an excellent reputation. They do a .38 (on a 32" you could prob get away with a high B.. which makes more sense to me anyway than a C) but it seems they can pretty much make what you want, they can even do 80/20's instead of PS. I've emailed requesting a custom set including a .32. You can even choose whether you want hex or round core.

    The other option is to try electric strings and see how they sound, quite a few acoustic bassists seem to like the sound of Nickel plated electric strings.

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