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Help with strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by madbassplaya, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya Supporting Member

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    Thinking about going with steels. Want something more ballsy and authoritative tone wise. Prefer something with a tapered B.

    Specs of bass:
    35 inch scale
    Alder body
    Maple/Maple neck

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  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Supporting Member

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    You know I'm all about some DR FatBeams :)
  3. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya Supporting Member

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    I'm considering those. :)

    Also considering D'Addario Pro Steels and Sadowsky Blue Steels.
  4. Mikhail1

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    I've been thinking about steels for my j bass as well and thinking seriously about Ernie Balls. I remember reading that they do well and seem to last longer than nickels but in all fairness, I like Slinky nickels just fine. Just wanting to experiment I guess.
  5. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

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    In my experience the FatBeams are much bigger sounding and have more low end than the ProSteels.
  6. Rich McCoy

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    tylerwylie Supporting Member

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    lol

    That's a good one.

    I vote for Fat Beams. Or the Fodera SS, especially if you want a solid tapered B string.
  8. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya Supporting Member

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    I really find it weird to use Ken Smith, Fodera or even Sadowsky on a bass of a different brand. lol

    :bag:
  9. rojo412

    rojo412 You're entering a world of bass... Supporting Member

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    When I think ballsy strings, the one that comes to mind is ROTOSOUND. A lot of aggression in those.
    Prosteels are nice, too. I like those second to Smith in the terms of just flat out good strings.
  10. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya Supporting Member

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    I really do enjoy a tapered B.

    May need to try the Smiths.

    D'addario and Labella are on the list.
  11. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

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    I found both Rotosound and ProSteels to be thinner than FatBeams. Fodera Diamonds are very similar to FatBeams but a little more even sounding (Foderas have a touch more mids).
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  13. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

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    I've had too many issues with Circle Ks having intonation issues and fuzzy sound. If they're good, they're nice strings.
  14. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya Supporting Member

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    Do you mean thinner in tone?
  15. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

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    Yes. Thinner in tone. Much thinner.
  16. Solarmist

    Solarmist 15 miles from Mt Rainier Supporting Member

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    I really like Prosteels (EPS 165) + 130TW single. They're nice & bright with deep tight lows, and the price is right.
  17. MostlyBass

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    I found the ProSteel B string to be amazing in clarity, intonation, and feel. However I felt the other ProSteels were thin sounding and lifeless.
  18. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya Supporting Member

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    What gauges were the other?

    What bass is this on?

    What brand did you find to have a good B and the other strings to sound good as well?
  19. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

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    All were either medium (45 - 295) or light 40 - 100) on a Carvin Icon. Best overall? Probably FatBeams or Foderas for a thick sound and (surprisingly) I really like Dean Markley SolidBass for a very neutral and even sound.
  20. Jkaz

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    You might want to try TI SuperAlloys, I put some on my Lakland Jazz, and it is by far the liveliest sound that I have out of all my basses. I think its a perfect fit for the jazz.

    Reasonably priced for TI's, at the mid $30 range.

    The sound is very bright, punchy, aggressive. I had Black Bueaty's on before, and the sound is night and day. Not that the BB's had a bad sound, just different.

    I was typing this with my ric in my lap, and I switched over to the Jazz, just to make sure I wasn't dreaming this stuff up, and sure enough, the ric sounds subdued and mellow, whereas the jazz is punchy and vibrant. The ric has DR stainless steel Low Riders, but that's a ric for you. I'm not complaining, I like the sound of both basses, it gives me the versatility I'm looking for.

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