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Attn String Experts! What Strings Are These?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Twocan, Apr 2, 2014.


  1. Twocan

    Twocan Supporting Member

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    The strings shown below came on a 98 Epic that I acquired last year. They are hands down the best strings I've ever used and I'd like to buy more!

    They appear to be medium gauge (I think the E string is a .105) and have a very fine winding, being smoother to the touch than other brands, but not smooth like half rounds. There is very little finger noise There is no thread winding at either end and the end rings are gold.

    I've spoken with two prior owners and neither ever changed the strings on the bass. There was an owner before so I cannot be sure if these strings are original to the bass. I've been told at the Alembic forums that Alembic strings have green thread windings.

    Any help / thoughts would be appreciated.
     
  2. Twocan

    Twocan Supporting Member

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  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    From your description and pictures I'd say DR Sunbeams or Fodera Nickels.
     
  4. Fleebag

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    Methinks they be ernie ball slinky's.
     
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  6. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    Slinkies don't really have a smooth, fine winding though.
     
  7. mrb327

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    Sunbeams or SIT power wounds
     
  8. Twocan

    Twocan Supporting Member

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    Tx all. Getting as many ideas as I can before going to GC for (hopefully) a side by side comparison.
     
  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    Problem is you wont find Sunbeams, Fodera, or SIT at GC. They now carry only a limited selection of srings, mostly ones that these are definitely not.

    Try www.bassstringsonline.com
    They carry all of these. You could order a few singles if each to try.

    One other thing you can do is take one off and measure it from the ball end to where the taper starts. Might give a clue. DR will be a hair under 38".
     
  10. Twocan

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    Round 2 of this thread:

    My Alembic is currently at a very reputable repair shop here in Ann Arbor, MI getting a Q switch installed. The tech looked at the strings and concluded the following:
    1) He doesn't know what they are.
    2) They are not nickel.
    3) They do not appear to be a hex core.
    4) They are not D'Addario, GHS or DR strings - he knows these companies well and these do not fit the bill.
    5) He also noted that they are a very close, smooth winding, but not to the extent of half rounds.

    Any other thoughts?

    Thanks!!
     
  11. SLaPiNFuNK

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    Measure Ball End to Taper. The first taper where it starts to get thinner which looks like it is right on the nut.

    If it is 37.25" on the E-String then I'd say that these are an Ernie Ball product as well. The A string is longer which is consistent with how a EB set is packaged.
     
  12. Twocan

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    Thanks, I'll check it out as soon as I get the bass back. Is there a particular EB string that is notably smoother?
     
  13. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Well, nearly all strings are going to feel smoother after years of use and other peoples sweat and funk build up on the strings when compared to any new strings even of the same brand and type.
     
  14. mmbongo

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    You said they do NOT appear to be hex core, so that right there eliminates pretty much everybody but DR, Fodera, and Dean Markley.

    Dean Markley will normally have silks. These do not.
    Your guy said they are not DR.

    That leaves Fodera. Just like I said in post #3 back in April :)
     
  15. Twocan

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    Thanks MMBongo (again) - I'll search for some close up photos of Fodera Strings to see if they match up.
     
  16. SLaPiNFuNK

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    You need to get a close up / not blurry picture of the ball end to see the core clearly...
     
  17. JustForSport

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    You need to maybe use a jeweler's loupe (sp?) or strong magnifying glass, to see the core well as it goes around the barrel- hex cores reflect off the flats.
    Just going by the photos, I don't think the windings are close/tight enough together to be Fodera's.
    I picked up some extra-long scale round-wound round-cores from a seller on the 'bay, that they'd got from a bulk lot- no silks, brass ball ends, really good sounding, with great growl, (nickel. tho), but no clue as to who made them. Wish they'd fit 34" better.
     
  18. JustForSport

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    The last photo shows them as bluish, like S/S,
    but in the other 2, they look like nickel.
     
  19. CJAtheBassman

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    Until you said "smooth", I thought that they were Rotosound 66 strings. I have yet to see any other type/brand of bass string with gold ball ends and no taper...
     
  20. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    Fodera, SIT, D'Addario, Dunlop, GHS, DR, Ernie Ball, Curt Mangan, and many others have gold ball ends and no taper. It would be quicker to list the strings NOT made like that.

    Plus, Rotosounds have bright red silks.
     
  21. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    (not Nickel Plated Steel Roto Bass)

    ((runs away))
     

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