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Ernie ball or branch out?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ImNotJoel, Jan 28, 2014.


  1. ImNotJoel

    ImNotJoel

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    I have been using Ernie balls for about fourteen years on both my bass and my guitar. Tried D'Adario once they didn't last as long.

    Ibanez higher end ones come with elixirs and I am liking them. I know Ernie ball is a love or hate brand but any recommendations?

    Has anyone tried the new cobalt Ernie's just curious?
     
  2. NYCbassist

    NYCbassist Supporting Member

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    Rotosound Steve Harris Flats FTW.
     
  3. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Supporting Member

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    I'm understandably biased. However, why not try something else? With guys like Jason at BSO offering excellent pricing and customer service (as well as a large catalog of bass strings), it can't hurt.

    So, here are some quick recommendations:

    -If you've been using nickel or nickel-plated, why not try stainless?
    -If you're a rounds player, maybe give groundwound or flats a try.
    -Try a lighter/heavier gauge to see/hear what that does for you
     
  4. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

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    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can **** off
    I branched out and liked what I tried they don't sell the brand I tried around here so I de-branched
     
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  6. uOpt

    uOpt Supporting Member

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    Strings makes a huge difference on a bass and they are relatively cheap. I think you should definitely try a couple more sets. You can also sell lightly used strings that you happen not to like.
     
  7. cybersnyder

    cybersnyder Always groove.... Gold Supporting Member

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    I like Slinkys and use them a lot, but I hate the Cobalts in both feel and tone. Some love them. Most of my 4 string basses end up with DR Lowriders or Sunbeams. If Guitar Center carried more DRs in 5 string, I'd probably use them on my 5 string basses.
     
  8. mmbongo

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

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    Why even bother with a place like that?

    www.bassstringsonline.com will change how you buy strings.
     
  9. GK Growl

    GK Growl

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  10. cybersnyder

    cybersnyder Always groove.... Gold Supporting Member

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    Convenience + laziness + I go there anyways to check out the used gear.
     

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