Roundwound Musings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Linnin, Apr 15, 2014.


  1. Linnin

    Linnin

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    I've played a lot of rounds in my 44 years of bass playing. My goal is not to play them all, but to find that one magic toneful/soulful stringset and perfectly tweak the setup in harmony with the cosmos.

    In the begining there were Rotosounds. They were expensive and in short supply and therefore hard to get. I had to write a check and send away for them in the U.S. mail, and wait for a month or so. I can't remember if they were $20 or $25 but they were half a weeks after tax pay.

    The first I ever heard of GHS was when their Bass Boomers exploaded onto the scene, and lo, they were (and still are) good.

    Sometime in the mid 1980's Dean Markley's Blue Steels hit the stage. I tried 'em & liked 'em & played 'em exclusively for about 10 years or so. And they still make them today, so someone's buying them.

    Fast forward to 2012. I purchased a new Fender American Standard Jazz Bass with Custom Shop p'ups stock. It arrived strung with Fender 8250M with a taper wound .110 E. I'd never played a taper wound string before. I was both pleasently surprized and pleased with the wonderful sound/tone of these strings.

    When the Fenders finally died I succumbed to the alluring sexiness of DR's Neons. I had never played a coated string before and gave them a try. They sounded OK and did last longer, but not quite twice as long, but all-in-all a decent string. I did like the coating and made for a smoother feel with reduced string screech. However, I felt they were lacking in the 'umph' department. This is where I learned the differences between round and hex cores. It seems I'm a hex core whore.

    Balanced Tension is the buzz word of the day and is all the rage. I went to D'Addario's EXL-170BT stringset. Nice hex core with nickel plated stainless wrap with a taper wound .107 E in a nicely balanced set. I like 'em! And wrote about 'em. http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f16/review-daddario-exl170bt-1039586/ I even bought a new set to replace them with.

    Enter the siren call of GHS BIG Core Bass Strings! A bigger heavier hex core with a proprietary nickel-iron alloy wrap, and a very uniquely constructed taper wound .105 E. I put this set on Sunday, and fear I am totally smitten by this stringset's many sonic charms. Once I have this set played in to my satisfaction and have lived with it a while longer I'll write a full review, but I can tell it's going to be a really good one. ;)

    The whole point being it's not to change stringsets willy-nilly, but to find the set you love and dial in your set-up to perfection, and keep using that same stringset change after change so your set-up stays the same, and your neck will love you for it. :)
     
  2. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Supporting Member

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    On my personal instruments, I have a couple that have - and probably always will have - the same set/gauge of strings, as I feel that's their voice. Then there are a couple that I switch out every time, either to find something new or because I'm familiar enough with that instrument it's become my "guinea pig" bass for work.
     
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