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Good Compromise String

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by betardfoosier, Feb 12, 2013.


  1. betardfoosier

    betardfoosier

    Feb 13, 2011
    What is a string that's somewhere in between XL Chrome Flats and EB Slinkys? I didn't like the ultra-bright rounds that I couldn't get much bottom end out of, so I switched to the Chrome Flats, which are great for some of the songs we do, but are too thumpy and flabby for some other songs. I need something in between the two so I can still have a big fat Oprah bottom, but roll in some treble if I want to. Versatility is the name of the game!

    Playing a Jazz with Mojo pre-CBS jazz pups through an SVT CL & 810. Sometimes my low string is too fwumpy and flabby, if that means anything at all. Even with the Ultra-Hi kicked in, I can't get any of that treble zing I like for certain songs. Maybe I will just have to have two basses?
     
  2. temmrich

    temmrich

    Jan 29, 2012
    Dayton, Ohio
    D'addario also has a half-round that I hear is right in between.
     
  3. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    US
    A pure nickel round wound would work. Something like Fender 7150 or Pyramid.
     
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  5. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    +1

    Rotosound makes a pure nickel round, too.
     
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps
    A lot of folks do that. Frankly, I've never been full-on happy with any "compromise" strings I've ever played. The old "neither fish nor fowl" thing.
     
  7. I agree with the bigfoot guy. Pressurewounds are as close to flats-rounds mix as one can get,and they last forever.
     
  8. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
    Earth
    + 1
     
  9. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens
  10. Lo-E

    Lo-E

    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I'm a fan of Ken Smith Compressors, which are very, very similar to GHS Pressurewounds. Thy're made by GHS, but to Ken Smith's specs.
     
  11. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens
    I know Jason from bassstringsonline likes Ken Smith Compressors. A man with access to every string in existence and he chooses those? That says a lot.
     
  12. mindgrinder

    mindgrinder

    Dec 13, 2009
    Lesage, WV
    "Maybe I will just have to have two basses?"

    That would probably be your best bet.
    A P-bass with flats and a jazz with rounds would work well.
     
  13. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens
    And a fretless....and a short scale,....and a PJ......and a Musicman...
     
  14. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps
    And if you want to have some fun and shake things up, the opposite works very well, too.