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Best Strings For Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Bass-4-God, Aug 14, 2013.


  1. Bass-4-God

    Bass-4-God

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    What strings are you using on your passive jazz bass?
     
  2. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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  3. Low Hertz

    Low Hertz

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    To me, the ultimate string for jazz and most playing
    are the Thomastic Flat Wounds. They are the only
    flatwounds that have great sustain and really sing.

    They are far more expensive than any other string,
    but have an incredible singing fat fundamental.
     
  4. Adub311

    Adub311

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    I had Roto flats on my Jazz and they sounded good, but now i have D'addario Nickel wound light gauges on and it sounds incredible.
    It really just depends on what kind of tone you're going for.
    Do a search and look through some previous threads, that'll help you out.
     
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  6. bassfreakah

    bassfreakah

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    Endorsing Artist Ernie ball strings
    I like Ernieball light gauge flats for my jazz. 95-45
     
  7. unclebass

    unclebass

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    I use roundwound nickels. Tried flats, but were not the sound I was looking for. I have a jazz with roundwound stainless steels, and it sounds great, but it doesn't sit in the mix as well and the strings feel a little rougher.
     
  8. bluesblaster

    bluesblaster

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    labella 760 fl's or TI jazz flats
     
  9. SasquatchDude

    SasquatchDude

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    LaBella 760FLs... mega old school thump! Nothing else like 'em. :bassist:

    But if you're after an edgier, more modern tone, DR Fat Beams do the Jazz Bass justice.
     
  10. duff84

    duff84 Supporting Member

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    d'addario chromes for me on my american special.
     
  11. michael_t

    michael_t

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    After a four-year love affair with D'A Chromes, I've decided to try a few rounds for different flavors. Put a set of DR Fat Beams (stainless steel) on my J about a month and a half ago, but didn't like them as I found them a little too metallic and clangy for my taste.

    So, I ordered a set of Sunbeams (NPS) and a set of Nickel Lo-Riders from bassstringsonline.com a couple of weeks ago. So far so good with the Sunbeams - I definitely like the warmer and smoother tone (and the feel) of the NPS (vs. SS). I will be playing them in church this coming weekend so we'll see how they sound in the mix.

    Then once I wear them out, it will be time to try out the Nickel Lo-Riders to see which one might work better for me.
     
  12. BAce

    BAce

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    I've been using Oasis roundwound on my '04 MIA Jazz for a couple of years now. Really like 'em. Nice high tension string that growls better than the GHS Pressurewound I used to use. And the feel pretty smooth for a roundwound too.
     
  13. ROOTSnFIFTHS

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78! Supporting Member

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    I have many of my jazz basses strung with Rotosound 66 roundwound NICKELS. In my opinion they sound better than the stainless steel. They are easier on your fingers, fretboard and seem to last longer than the SS version. Bought them by accident and fell in love with 'em.
     
  14. LakeEffect

    LakeEffect Supporting Member

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    I have halfwounds on my American Deluxe, best of both worlds in my opinion.

    Well, not the BEST of both worlds, but the best at getting rid of my 'grass is greener' jazz string mentality.
     
  15. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

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    Boomers. Best sounding string on a J.
     
  16. Dean N

    Dean N

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    +1 on all counts (except I don't have many JB's... :spit:... :p) I tend to use a lot of left hand finger pressure and I've chewed up frets with SS rounds.

    I want to try Sunbeams though.
     
  17. Deaky

    Deaky

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    I had TI flats on my Jazz or a couple of months but I got fed up with flat-wounds and put a set of DR Sunbeams on and they are really great set of strings. Really smooth to play with a great bottom end and sweet top end.
     
  18. 2manynotes

    2manynotes Supporting Member

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  19. aus_bass

    aus_bass

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    GHS Precision Flats.
     
  20. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya Supporting Member

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    I'm finding these to be my go to strings:

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  21. Jookbox

    Jookbox Registered Drummer

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    D'Addario Nickel balanced.
     

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