D'Addario vs Ernie Ball

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Jaruquin, Dec 23, 2012.


  1. Jaruquin

    Jaruquin

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    Trying to decide between D'Addario nickel wound or Ernie Ball nickel wound slinkys. Anyone have any thoughts on this sets of strings?
  2. Kenzy

    Kenzy

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    We need more information, man. For instance: What do you want to get out of the strings tone-wise? What music do you play?

    I've used the Ernie Balls before, never the D'Addario Nickelwound, though I have used the D'Addario ProSteels, which I love. The ProSteels give you an extremely bright, punchy, metallic tone, which is perfect for me.
  3. fivestringgecko

    fivestringgecko Supporting Member

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    +1 to Kenzy, we could use a little more info. Are you thinking about trying both brands or you have, and don't know which to stick with?

    I used the EB Slinkies for a couple years when I first started playing, tried the D'Addarios and didn't go back. I've tried a few other brands along the way and keep going back to D'Addario EXLs.

    Strings are pretty personal/subjective, so if you haven't tried either set, you may have to try both (or even other brands) before finding what you like.

    5sg.
  4. Jaruquin

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    I'm looking for a warmer sound with a little punch. That's why I thought the nickel might be a good idea. I play a wide range of music so I want something versatile.
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  6. Got2SadowskyNYC

    Got2SadowskyNYC

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    EB engineers the metal for low tension. They feel like playing on rubber to me.

    DAddario XL's are stiffer.

    I use DAddario Prosteels which are slightly stiffer than XLs'.

    Most basses ship with Nickels.
  7. fivestringgecko

    fivestringgecko Supporting Member

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    One of the reasons I stuck with the D's. I also liked the tone of the EXLs better.

    5sg.
  8. Jaruquin

    Jaruquin

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    Well I like a tighter feel so I think I'll go with the D'Addario.
  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

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    D'adds for me! The Slinkys are nice but die very quickly!
  10. mrbell321

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    I don't really like EB's. They sound... squeaky? And on the bass, too floppy. I like the feel on a guitar, but again, I"m not a fan of the tone.
  11. Aussie Player

    Aussie Player

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    I like EB's on my 5 strings. My Alembic Essence 5 has had the same set for 12 months and they sound great.
    On 4 strings Iike SIT medium nickel.
  12. jabsys

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    I prefer the sound & feel of EB's, but they just don't last long enough for me, it's only a few months before they're dead.
  13. funkybass

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    If you are getting a few months out of EB's, you are doing good.
  14. armybass

    armybass Roscoe Bass Gold Supporting Member

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    I much prefer EB's feel to D'Addarios. They have a much more supple feel to me and I find they last just as long as D'Addarios.
  15. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    I get 5 or 6 shows out of a new set of rounds tops. You're complaining about a few months???
  16. deeptubes

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    The EB's I tried barely lasted longer than the Bass Boomers that I will never use again. 2 weeks, dead. Have tried other strings, kept coming back to D'Addario. I now have about 10 years of D'Addarios in the mancave closet.
  17. Jaruquin

    Jaruquin

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    Just put a set of the D's on the bass. Haven't played threw the amp yet but I love the way they feel. Nice and tight! Will update when I play threw the amp.
  18. jmattbassplaya

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    Yeah, you're talking two rehearsals or one gig (tops) for me :bawl:
  19. ksandvik

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    Now there are other brands you should also try out, Dunlops and my favorites, DRs of all kinds.
  20. Jaruquin

    Jaruquin

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    Just had some DR highbeams on my bass. Didn't like them....the low B sounded like poo poo!
  21. alexlocurto

    alexlocurto

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    I never liked Ernie Ball bass strings, but that's just me.

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