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Brightest Ever Bass Strings...ever

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Shibby!, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Shibby!

    Shibby!

    Jan 8, 2009
    i'm wondering wat the brightest sounding bass strings are, i've heard D'addario prosteels are bright but is anything brighter?
     
  2. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    Disclosures:
    I used 10" and 15" speakers in the same rig for over 10 years.
    IME, a toss-up between Dean Markley Blue Steels and DR High Beams.
     
  3. Hi-Beams. No Question.

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  4. calebbarton

    calebbarton

    Aug 25, 2007
    Oregon
    Disclosures:
    Manufacturing: Pedals, Cables, Instruments.
    high beams are pretty bright, i use them on a regular basis.
     
  5. PBass101

    PBass101

    Jul 3, 2008
    Illinois
    Rotosound Swing Bass are the original bright, piano-tone bass string, and with the proper right hand technique, will get you a very Geddy Lee/Entwistle-esque brightness.

    They don't last long, though.
     
  6. Shibby!

    Shibby!

    Jan 8, 2009
    how long do the hi beams last though?
     
  7. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    Disclosures:
    I used 10" and 15" speakers in the same rig for over 10 years.
    Depends on the player and body chemistry, but Hi-Beams are the longest-lasting strings I've ever come across in 20 years of playing.
     
  8. Shibby!

    Shibby!

    Jan 8, 2009
  9. markdavid

    markdavid

    Jun 29, 2007
    Ive used Danelectro bass strings before and despite being nickel they were probably the brightest strings ive used
     
  10. I'd still go with the Pro Steels.
     
  11. NorCal Dog

    NorCal Dog Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    415/707
    oh ya,,, High Beams by far
     
  12. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    hi beams are extremely bright. those things are harsh! pro steels do not compare at all. IME
     
  13. sal4bass

    sal4bass

    Feb 3, 2008
    U.S.A.
    Another vote for DR High Beams.
     
  14. I've been using DR Lo-Riders and Hi-Beams for years and both are wonderful, and both contrast very well with each other. Lo-Riders with smooth, rich lows and mids, and Hi-Beams with bright and punchy mids and highs, much brighter than the Ernie Ball, D'Addario or GHS strings I've played.

    It's generally true that you get what you pay for, and the premium for any DR string is worth it IMO. Using the Marcus Miller signatures right now and they slap great. :D
     
  15. Shibby!

    Shibby!

    Jan 8, 2009
    thx for the help i decided to try out the dr high beams ..they are great exactly wat i was looking for
     
  16. DR High Beams are just pure birghtness, but they get smoother really slowly as they break in. The D'Addario Pro Steels are more full sounding, but they wear out more suddenly. That's one reason I've always loved DR strings. Round core to the max! Also Rotosound makes some really metallic sounding roundwounds that sound really tasty. The Rotosound and the DR's sound really good through a tube amp to warm out the harshness into a nice growl.
     
  17. VroomVroom

    VroomVroom Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF Bay Area, CA
    Fodera strings are the brightest I've ever used, but the thin core wasn't to my liking. I'm a big fan of Hi-Beams, and I use them on my Sadowsky. Interestingly, to my ears, they're not quite as bright as the Sadowsky strings...which is actually why I went with them.
     



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