Steve Harris P with Rounds

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Peace Cee, Jan 22, 2013.


  1. Peace Cee

    Peace Cee

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    I just purchased the Steve Harris P. Great instrument. It came with Those SH signature "tension wire" flats. I took them off after the initial "out of the MF box" jam. I installed EB Super Slinks. I usually like flats on a P but I'm feeling rounds. The Slinks are okay, but I find myself back in the market for a good round (For my P. It's a little punchier than the avg. P). Most importantly, one that sounds good on a P.
    Disclaimer: Sorry if this thread has been done (I searched)
    I know, "its subjective."
    I know, Slinky's suck. (Not really)
    I know "it's what sounds good to my ears."
    Anyone have any suggestions? I'm actually excited to match strings for this bass. P Lovers...Asssemmmmble!
  2. portlandguy

    portlandguy

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    I usually play Chromes flats on my Pbass but did try DR Sunbeams for about 6 months and loved them.
  3. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

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    In order least bright to most bright, in my experience:

    Fender Pure Nickels

    GHS Boomers

    Sunbeams

    Hi Beams

    Rotos

    La Bella Steels


    Can't go wrong with any of them, just a matter of preference. All sound great on a P.
  4. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

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    I bet Sunbeams would be killer on a P.
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  6. odin70

    odin70

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    Its a matter of life and taste
  7. klaus486

    klaus486

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    Try the Rotosound RS66 set. Let the bass sit out on a stand for a few days as you play the strings in. Mine last forever too. The tone knob is your friend.

    As always YRMV.

    I think you'll be happy.
  8. klaus486

    klaus486

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    But then I always wanted my P bass to sound like this -

  9. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    I really like D'Addario nickels on my P's. They sound great, they last a long time, and they're dirt cheap.
  10. kanonfodr

    kanonfodr Supporting Member

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    My PJ will never have anything but DR Hi- Beams on it, nothing else hits the right balance of aggressive/smooth/nice.

    Peace,
    Greg
  11. ReverseFender94

    ReverseFender94

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    Hahahaha totally digging the Maiden reference :bassist:
  12. cfsporn

    cfsporn

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    Try some Rotosound SB66 strings for that John Entwistle roar.
  13. rolleharris

    rolleharris

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    Ernie Ball Cobalt Slinkys
  14. bigbottomend

    bigbottomend

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    Elites stadium
  15. Mike Sorr

    Mike Sorr Hack with nice gear. Supporting Member

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    Rotosound pressure wounds. They don't eat your frets like the Swingbass and sound good out of the box and really, really good after about a year.

    By the way, does anyone know why Harris uses flats in the first place? Seems an odd choice for an aggressive metal bassist.

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