need stainless strings with mids

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Matt_T, Jan 30, 2014.


  1. Matt_T

    Matt_T

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    I'm really liking my newly acquired SBMM SUB SB-4 with D'Addario Pro Steels but I could use some more mids to go along with those highs. What do ya'll recommend? FWIW, I usually use XLs but wanted to go stainless for more high presence.
  2. bass geetarist

    bass geetarist Supporting Member

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    DR Lo Riders have nice mid range, and you can get em in nickel or stainless steel. I also liked the mid response of boomers on my p-bass, but I think that's at least partly due to the SD quarter pounder, so YMMV.
  3. Matt_T

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    Would there be that much difference in tone between the Pro Steels and stainless Lo Riders? I believe they both have hex cores. I have an irrational Jones for a set of Swing Bass 66s but that's probably just because of all the Who I've been listening to lately. I made need to back to the XLs for what I'm looking for.
  4. bass geetarist

    bass geetarist Supporting Member

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    Sorry, I should have mentioned that I haven't used Pro Steels in a long, long time, so it's difficult for me to directly compare, though I did stop using them because I didn't like the way they sounded after breaking in. The Lo Riders definitely have a good mid presence. Rotos do have some mid presence as well, but I'm personally not a fan of the way they sound once broken in, and I think the DRs hold up better over time.
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  6. Duckwater

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    My favorite steels rounds are Roto 66s for their classic high mid grind and Labella Hard Rockin Steels for their huge low mid growl.
  7. iiipopes

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    GHS Super Steels are a tad smoother to the touch and have more mids.
  8. Matt_T

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    Cool. Thanks for the input, guys.
  9. Toptube

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    My favorite Steels right now are Dean Markley Helix SS. Lots of interesting mids and low mid. even highs.

    Daddario's flex steels just came out and bassstringsonline did a video for them. They seem to sound pretty dang good.

    Rotos are always a good choice and pretty much the gold standard for mid heavy steels.
  10. bunkaroo

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    The new D'Addario Flex Steels have been described to have more mids than ProSteels. Check out the recent thread on them.
  11. Eddie Bones

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    I've been using DR Low Riders exclusively for a few years and won't use anything else. They are made with a hexagonal core and have a really nice growly mid punch. They also stay bright longer than other brands I have played.
  12. Matt_T

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    I have a faint recollection of Rotosounds and Hard Rockin' Steels having relatively high string tension but I haven't played a set in many a long year. Actually, the Rotosounds I tried were the Billy Sheehan signatures so high string tension was guaranteed.
  13. bassgod0dmw

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    Rotosound would be my recommendation.

    I tried a set of Prosteels in hopes that I would really like them since they are inexpensive and I'm a big fan of the Nickel XL's, but I just don't dig em' They're too scooped for my taste.
  14. Duckwater

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    They both have a little more tension than ProSteels at the same gauge
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    DR Hi-Beams.
  17. JellinWellen

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    Roto 66 steels have lots of mids. I tried prosteels and then switched to rotos, noticed a difference right away. Prosteels are a killer string for that scooped slap tone though.
  18. Matt_T

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    I am strongly leaning towards the Rotosound 66 steels (or perhaps nickels for additional mids, it appears their nickels are still pretty trebly). I also have a faint recollection of the E string sounding dead on Rotosounds out of the box. Is this still the case?
  19. JellinWellen

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    It can happen, I've had dead Es out of the pack twice. I actually got a dead E, and Rotosound sent me a free pack. Which also had a dead E. but I've also had 6 good packs in a row before that. Their QC isn't the best, but nothing else sounds like em, and for 20$ the price is right.
  20. Duckwater

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    That can happen with any strings, Rotosound and most other companies will replace your string if it's defective.
  21. Toptube

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    Roto's nickel are some of my favorite nickel strings.


    I've got a pair of Fodera Stainless on a bass right now. They are even sounding, with an open/airy quality. But they are pretty grabby/slow playing strings. They also still leave my fingers black, two months later. I've never experienced that with a string.

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