Wal players - which strings ?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by kbuschmann, Dec 13, 2012.


  1. kbuschmann

    kbuschmann Supporting Member

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    What are the string preferences amongst you Wal players? What's the reason for liking what you like? Is that preference a generic one, or specific to the multi-coil? Is this too many questions for too small a crowd?
  2. Dugachug

    Dugachug

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    I know justin chancellor of tool uses a wal with ernie ball stainless steel hybrid slinky, and that he uses a .110 from the power slinky set(which means his E is nickel wound?) a waste of 3 strings if u ask me :eyebrow: should make his own custom set.
  3. AndroWal

    AndroWal Supporting Member

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    I've always used stainless steel round wounds on my Wals. I've been through various brands and have settled on DR HiBeams. They feel great right out of the box. They are a bit more flexible which I like. They sound great for months....bright, big bottom, great mids, etc. And they don't chew-up the frets or the fretless fingerboards. Also, I've had good luck with them regarding the consistency of their quality. I can remember only having one set that seemed off a few years ago.

    They are a great all-around string set for all types of music.
  4. BassBod

    BassBod

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    Wal used to fit Rotosounds from the factory in the 80's but were using Picato nickel rounds in the 90's.
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  6. WalWarrior

    WalWarrior Supporting Member

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    On my Wals I use RotoSound Funkmaster .30-.90. Just like Geddy did.
  7. stoyo

    stoyo

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    I like D'Addario EXL165's on all my basses. Wal or not. They sound freaking great! And seem to last some time.
  8. Spaldo

    Spaldo

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    eek! that's pretty light! how do they sound on a wal?
  9. Madelineid

    Madelineid

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    I prefer nickel strings, they deliver a warmer tone, less bright with more mids. They are great for fingerstyle players, pick players and slap players alike, wanting a more vintage vibe.
  10. WalWarrior

    WalWarrior Supporting Member

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    Late response I know, they sound great. Geddy uses the same gauge on his red Wal MK2 - Check out RUSH albums, Power Windows, Roll the Bones, Hold your fire, Presto
  11. mmbongo

    mmbongo I like turtles. Supporting Member

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    That sound is in the top 3 bass sounds EVER.

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