Good Compromise String

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


  1. betardfoosier

    betardfoosier

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    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. SasquatchDude

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  3. temmrich

    temmrich Supporting Member

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    D'addario also has a half-round that I hear is right in between.
  4. u84six

    u84six Supporting Member

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    A pure nickel round wound would work. Something like Fender 7150 or Pyramid.
  5. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

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    +1

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

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    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. fretlessguy

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    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

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    + 1
  9. Gorn Captain

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  10. Lo-E

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    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

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    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

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    "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

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    And a fretless....and a short scale,....and a PJ......and a Musicman...
  14. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    And if you want to have some fun and shake things up, the opposite works very well, too.

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