Best Bass Strings For Plectrum Playing

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  1. Paran0idAndroid

    Paran0idAndroid

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    I play with a pick and my fingers, what bass string can serve to both equally and really well? In my experience some strings sound really good with finger playing but suck with pick playing.
  2. Hank Scorpio

    Hank Scorpio

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    I like DR nickel-plated Lo Riders. I tend to dig in with a pick a little, and I find the tension very comfortable, helps with fast picking with a little resistance.

    I also find them to be comfortable for my fretting hand, too, as far as rounds go. They last a fair while too.
  3. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Really any type of string. Depends on the overall tone you are after.
  4. Terracite

    Terracite Supporting Member

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    The bad news: in Canada, most music stores seem to only carry the full line of Daddario's and just a sample of others that never includes quite what you're looking for.

    The good news: Daddario nickels are pretty good for both fingers and pick.

    If you're looking for strings that have the same sound with fingers and pick without re-eq'ing it might be a long search.
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  6. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

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    Due to a finger injury I play mostly with a pick, and I've been very happy with DR strings, especially Fat Beams on my G&L SB-2 and modded MIM Jazz. One of my J-basses now has Sunbeams, and they're great for maintaining a fat, heavy sound with a pick, but the Fat Beams have a little more "crunch," which sounds great in a band mix. I also like the tone of nickel Lo-Riders, but not their stiffness.
  7. Mechanical

    Mechanical

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    Depends on the tone. Motown? Go with flats. Metal? Bright round wounds.
  8. mmbongo

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

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    More good news:

    www.bassstringsonline.com ships to Canada for cheap. Order a few sets and it will probably overall cheaper than buying local, especially after the Talkbass user discount.
  9. JGR

    JGR The "G" is for Gustav Supporting Member

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    I find DR SS Low Riders to really for the bill. if you want even more aggressive, Roto SS Swing Bass 66.
  10. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

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    Uhhh, all of them?

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