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Brightest Ever Bass Strings...ever

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

  1. Shibby!

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    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

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    IME, a toss-up between Dean Markley Blue Steels and DR High Beams.
  3. HEADLE

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    Hi-Beams. No Question.

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  4. calebbarton

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    high beams are pretty bright, i use them on a regular basis.
  5. PBass101

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    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!

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    how long do the hi beams last though?
  7. 20db pad

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    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!

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  9. markdavid

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    Ive used Danelectro bass strings before and despite being nickel they were probably the brightest strings ive used
  10. fretlessguy

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    I'd still go with the Pro Steels.
  11. NorCal Dog

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    oh ya,,, High Beams by far
  12. madbassplaya

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

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    Another vote for DR High Beams.
  14. SchecterC4

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    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!

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    thx for the help i decided to try out the dr high beams ..they are great exactly wat i was looking for
  16. RomancintheTone

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    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

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    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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