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Acoustic strings on electric bass

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by aprod, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. aprod

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    Hello, I have a Fender P-bass and want to throw some acoustic bass strings on there for 2 reasons, 1) my P has gold hardware and I want to have gold strings for the look 2) I would like to achieve an upright sound. Thoughts please...
  2. FretNoMore

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    May not work too well since the magnetic pickups need some more metal in the strings to produce sound. The phosphor bronze strings I think you may be looking at are usually used with piezo pickups that don't rely on string material.
  3. GHS Official

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    You should try these: http://www.bassstringsonline.com/DA...-Plated-Steel-Single-Bass-Strings_p_1466.html

    They're copper coated steels. They feel a lot like DR loriders but they sound acoustic-ey. Very bright but not agressive or zingy. Great strings.

    They'll give you the look you're after, but as far as an upright sound...flatwounds with a foam mute/palm muting will come close.

    Or you could spend 100 bucks on Optima gold strings, but they're roundwound.
  5. InsaneBassninja

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    Would be nice if they made a 145 and 32 gauge.
  6. aprod

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    Thanks to all for the input. I'm going to try the Reds. @GHS Official, Is it true there is not enough metal content in the phosphor/bronze to work with the pickups?
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    I talked to our tech guy here to make sure of the answer, but yes, the phosphor bronze doesn't have enough to get picked up by magnetic pickups. The stainless steel core wire will get you SOME volume, but the overall sound and tone will be lacking.

    I don't even use phosphor bronze on my Warwick Alien acoustic, because I just don't like that sound. I get better tone with Pressurewounds, and since I have to plug the bass in anyway, volume is a moot point.

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