String Help

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


  1. joelns

    joelns

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    Yeah, I'm one of those (write a story when just asking a simple question). Tried search and found some stuff, but not exactly what I'm looking for.

    Here's the story. Picked up my bass ('83 G&L El Toro) for the first time since about 1990 or so. I got tired of it mocking me from the corner. I'm taking lessons again and am learning a lot. This time I'm trying to make the transition from being a bass player to being a musician, if you know what I mean. It's been very interesting and I'm making good progress.

    My teacher was over tonight for my next lesson. He wanted to try my bass, and I almost couldn't get it back from him. Funny how that happens. Everyone loves the thing. But he said "man, these strings are shot. I think it's time you looked into replacing them." He's probably right. They date from probably mid '89. Rotosound something or other, they have a light blue silk wrapper. Punchy bright tone, which I like a lot.

    I am so far out of knowledge on strings, I feel like I'm starting over.

    So here's the first question:
    - Is there a resource online that has a comparison of sound on the same bass but with different strings?
    - If not, what about a write up comparing different strings?

    I'm not opposed to going flats, or half-flats, or round. I'd like something with that bright punchy tone though and easy to play. I just don't know where to look or how to figure out what to look for. The variety is somewhat overwhelming.

    So...help!

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Bassic Playing

    Bassic Playing

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    There's a whole bunch of these videos, which will at least show you a few different D'addario strings.

    Im sure someone will jump in with more.
     
  3. soulman969

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    There are all kinds of write ups and sound samples in this forum from users of many different strings. Just let your keyboard take a stroll. Ask questions of the players who use a bass similar to yours. Send a PM or an email off to Jason at bassstringsonline Tell him what you're looking for as far as tonality and feel and he'll help you hone in a few that will be suitable for that. There's a wealth of knowledge for you right here.
     
  4. Jon Moody

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    I took some time and recorded nearly all of the GHS Strings with a P Bass, using a couple standard grooves, and posted them up on the soundcloud page. You can check them out below.

    http://www.soundcloud.com/ghsstrings
     
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  6. joelns

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    Thanks folks. I'll keep digging around. In the meantime, I picked up a set of Sadowsky Blue label nickle rounds. So far I like them.
     

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