Strings for my Sting

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Orpheus55, Dec 3, 2012.


  1. Orpheus55

    Orpheus55 Supporting Member

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    For years I have used the 8250M taperwounds on my Sting bass with great results and very little fretwear. Now, however, these same strings do not sound right, the E especially. I went with flats for awhile, but the Sting's higher registers seems to come alive with rounds. Any viable alternatives to the 8250M's? I was thinking D'Addario's extra-long 45-105 but am open to suggestions.
  2. gary m

    gary m

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    I've used GHS Brite Flats in the past with good results. The single coil P pickups do seem to like flats though, and I've settled on GHS Precision Flats for my own instruments. Both types are relatively inexpensive if you decide to experiment.
  3. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

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    My Sting came with Roto 77's. The PO told me that he tried many strings before he settled on the Rotosounds. I have never seen the need to change them although I rarely gig this bass. I do play it at home.
  4. mam1862

    mam1862 Supporting Member

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    I use same strings and have not had any problems. I will be changing the strings in January so I will see if I notice any difference.
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  6. waynobass

    waynobass Supporting Member

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    DR Sunbeams are the warmest and lowest-tension rounds I've found. And they last a long time.
  7. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

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    Yes, I would try Sunbeams. 45-105.

    I think that's what Sting uses on his original Sting Bass.
  8. Marial

    Marial Proud Papa Supporting Member

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    This.

    Or try Sadowsky flats.
  9. FunkyWilly

    FunkyWilly

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    I have D'Addario Chromes on my 51 P-bass (basically the same as the Sting bass) and totally love the sound. Of course, your mileage may vary.
  10. tekdiver500ft

    tekdiver500ft I'm your Huckleberry...

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    What kind of life are you guys getting with flats on these? I was under the impression that only LaBella have a flat made to go through-body. I've loved Sadowskys on my other Precisions, so if they will go through-body, that would be really cool.
  11. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Supporting Member

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    Our Precision Flats are long-scale plus, meaning that they'll work ideally for string-through bridges. I had a set on my Lakland P (with the string-through option) and they work great in that regard.
  12. tekdiver500ft

    tekdiver500ft I'm your Huckleberry...

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    Excellent, thanks.
  13. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

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    I have TI Jazz flats on my '51 reissue. They sound beautiful, really; particularly in the higher register, and especially when using double stops or chords. String -thru.
  14. tekdiver500ft

    tekdiver500ft I'm your Huckleberry...

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    Good to know, thanks! Seems there are many flats that work string-thru.

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