Opinions on Best Strings for my 1996 Fender Jazz Bass Deluxe?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by genmed42, Feb 12, 2012.


  1. genmed42

    genmed42

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    Hi I'm looking at getting some strings for an older Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass (1996) , I'm looking for a string with good deep punch when needed , but some nice bright snap for slapping,popping and some funk style playing as well.
    I tried GHS straight stainless steel r/w's 45-105 recently and it's still not there for me
    ,also is there a string type with a little less tension or is it only gauge oriented?
  2. BassBob1

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    DR stainless steel lo-riders are very nice for that. deep lows and punchy low mids with a sweet but not harsh top end. Probably no less tension in the 45-105 than the GHS you were using but you can get the 40-100 set or get get DR highbeams which are round core so feel looser. D'addario nickel XL's are very punchy and snappy when new but mellow out quicker. I used the DR lo-riders for 3 weeks before switching back to my very dead chromes and they didn't loose any brightness over that time.
  3. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    DR all the way. But the best set is the set you like the most....
  4. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

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    DR Fatbeams, you won't be sorry.
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  6. genmed42

    genmed42

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    Thanks for all those suggestions , I will check into the DR's. Buying strings is like buying toothpaste, shampoo or soap at the groceries way to many to pick from.

    But it seems like DR has a
    Pretty good following.
  7. mmbongo

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

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  8. seansbrew

    seansbrew Supporting Member

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    DR Nickel Low Riders make my Jazz bass sing. Best strings I've ever put on my bass. I've tried many, many many sets.
  9. genmed42

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    Thx mmbongo,As a matter of fact I was just checking them out on BSO, Its going to be my second purchase from them, but I plan on making plenty more, Jason is cool and very helpful, Great Service!
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

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    Can't guarantee this but Fat Beams kill on my 97 JD5.
  11. darkstorm

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    Dr round core fan here. Sunbeams and Neons. Though Rotosound swing 66 would work great to imo.
  12. gfaulkner

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    Try Fender 8250 Taperwounds,they fit your description to a T.
  13. soulman969

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    DR Lo-Riders in stainless steel will get you home. I used them on a Modulus I had and I loved them.
  14. genmed42

    genmed42

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    Just received My MM Dr Fatbeams , and to me the best Damn strings I've ever had! All you guys that recommended DR to me Thanks!
  15. funkybass

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    Fat beams smoke on my SR5 HH. Good choice. I'm going to try hi beams next time though.

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