stiffest rounds of all?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by williamk, Nov 21, 2012.


  1. williamk

    williamk

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    hi all
    I really like tight stiff strings (I hate sloppiness!) can you recommend me the stiffer ones? I like low action with a nice stiff feel (which is somehow hard to get on a p-bass I find..!). I love Sunbeams, so maybe something similar in sound? Thanks!
  2. Lemon Of Troy

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    Maybe a string that's designed for downtuning, but tune them to standard. Like DR DDT.
  3. Marton

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    Low-riders are supposed to be higher tension than sunbeams.
  4. williamk

    williamk

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    cool thanks!
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  6. Steve

    Steve

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    Dean Marklee SR2000 Will Lee's are stiffest I've ever played.
  7. Duckwater

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  8. NKBassman

    NKBassman Nerd Supporting Member

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    I don't think this is a great idea. Those strings are meant for BEAD tuning, I'm pretty sure. I had a set of those and tuned them up to C standard and they were ridiculously tight. You'd end up breaking something before tuning them to E standard. Plus you'd need to get the nut on your bass modified to take the thicker string.

    I like tight strings too, and just recently started using D'Addario Pro Steels 50 or 55-110 for standard tuning. They're not too bad, but there's probably tighter options out there. I think Hex Core strings are supposed to be tighter than normal, of which DR has a few options.
  9. Silver Blues

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    Really? I find them quite flexible for such big (IMLE) strings.

    --Silvie
  10. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

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    Lowriders were very noticably higher tension than highbeams to me. You could also really see it by the forward pull on the neck tension.
  11. jamminology101

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    Rotosound ss swing 66s sound pretty good and r a hex/higher tension string n u can get em in varying thickness till u find a tension u like...I use em for all half step down tuned songs with band and they feel about like most other reg strings tuned in 440...have to relieve ur truest rod a lil tho.....no biggie
  12. Solarmist

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    Low-Riders are stiffer because they have a hex core whereas the Sunbeam's have a round core.
  13. joelb79

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    I've felt looser feeling Hex core strings than Lo-riders; so I'd be cautious to say that the ONLY difference between sunbeams and lo-riders is the core type. The wraps could be different, all leading to higher tension. I think sunbeams are higher tension than same gauge hi-beams. Materials differences make a ton of difference.

    That said; Lo riders are some of the hardest strings for me to play all night long. The tension is too high, I'd probably like some of the lightest gauge lo-riders (which in my bain and love of other strings I have not been able to purchase and try yet). The lo-rider nickles sound best to my ear.
  14. Highpost

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    +1
  15. bassboysam

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    Fender Pure Nickels. I have tried a lot of different strings and they were the stiffest rounds I have ever had., much stiffer than lo-riders.
  16. Lorenzini

    Lorenzini Supporting Member

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    Not surprised you don't like Sunbeams as they are probably the lowest tension strings available.

    Lo Rider nickels are probably the ticket.

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