Strings with a nice growl.

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  1. CriminalCypress

    CriminalCypress

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    I just got the part of playing bass for my school's musical. Well, I'm the understudy, but nonetheless I don't think my clanky and bright stainless steels have the right kick that i'd want to show off during rehearsals and whatnot. The play is Grease, but I want a nice growly (if i'm using the right term) tone to play on with my ATK300. Something that could sound like this:



    Any suggestions welcome, thanks!
     
  2. Lowactnsatsfctn

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    This video comes to mind. I think a set of D'addarrio Chromes will get you pretty close.
     
  3. CriminalCypress

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    Yeah i just listened to a few demos and they sound nice, I didn't think flatwounds would get me a tone like that. I've only ever tried a set of Fender Flatwounds and they were pretty much just thumpy.

    I play in a punk band though, so i think that flats might give me a hard time being versatile. Can any roundwounds get a tone like that?
     
  4. jamersonburton

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    Daddario xl (after they break in), chromes, rotosound swing bass after they break in (not twangy highs, rich mids, after a couple weeks their sustain dies a little)
     
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  6. darkstorm

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    Nothing does growl better then Rotosound swing66 imo.
     
  7. CriminalCypress

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    Good suggestions so far, anyone else wanna vouch?
     
  8. AdamR

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    So are you looking for a good tone for Grease or a good tone for punk ? When I think of songs in Grease I think thumpy Motown P bass with flats. When I think of Punk I think of gritty P bass with steels.
     
  9. samtastic

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    Roto sounds swing 66 or GHS bass boomers
     
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    Flats are probably the more traditional choice for musicals, especially one like Greese with a very old school tone, but a great all-around string with great growl are Circle Ks.
     
  11. CriminalCypress

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    I ended up just getting some chromes, and they sound pretty nice actually. Not the full on growl i wanted but it does better than my previous strings.
     
  12. BassSurfer

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    DR Lo-Riders. They bring my basses to life and don't sound "clanky" at all! I had a set on an ATK300 at one time and it sounded amazing ESPECIALLY in that last position on those ATK basses. About to order a set on Amazon right now!
     
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    +1 to both, ghs punchier IMO, rotos growlier

    been using the roto 66s on my main workhorse p/j for 20 yrs, occasionally the boomers -
     

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