Where Are Most Strings Made?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ZenG, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Are they "offshore" with an American name on the package?

    What strings are made in the USA?

    Are Made In America better than "offshore"?

    Reading the forums it seems that the failure rate of strings and general quality is not all that great on average in many instances

    And it seems that there are quality control issues per the fact that string quality varies from package to package.....

    Obviously strings are wound by machine........thousands of strings at a time.

    So any glitches on the machine = a bad or notsogood string set run.

  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    This should be fun!

    Unlike most other stuff, strings are still primarily made in the USA.

    Dean Markley
    Ernie Ball
    Curt Mangan

    Rotosound are made in the UK which is just as good.

    Fender recently shut down their Mexico plant and now have their strings made in the USA.

    Most 'bass companies that sell strings' like Ken Smith, Spector, Sadowsky, Pedulla, Lakland, and Zon have sting manufacturers make their strings, but are still made in the USA.

    In fact, I'm not sure what well known strings are NOT made in the USA (or UK).

    But I'm not sure about:
    R. Cocco

    If you are wanting something not made by a large 'cookie cutter' method by the thousands, you want Fodera strings. Handmade one at a time by just a few folks.
    I personally primarily use DR and Fodera strings for that exact reason, plus www.bassstringsonline.com sells them in custom sets.
  3. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    A notable exception is Tomastik-Infeld, which are, to the best of my knowledge, still made by hand and by machine in Austria. Many bass players love the TI jazz flats; they are great-sounding strings that last a long time for, over the time they last, a fair price. But they are too floppy for me. They also make fantastic double bass strings for jazz.

    TI also makes Powerbass rounds, which last a good long time and have a nice mix of fundamental, mid grind, and clear highs. Good stuff.
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  4. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Pyramid Golds are made in Germany ...
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  6. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Roswell, GA
    TI = Austria; Pyramid = Germany; IQS = Italy I know for a few.

    R Cocco are Italy I think as well.
  7. mntngrown

    mntngrown Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2007
    Santa Cruz Ca
    Don't forget Dunlop. Benicia, (the first capitol of) California.
  8. therhodeo


    Feb 28, 2011
    Owasso OK
    Doesn't one of the big manufacturers make mtd strings?
  9. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Social Media Manager & Product Development for GHS Strings
    GHS is made here in the USA; Battle Creek, MI to be exact. In fact, if any of you TBers are ever in the area, please contact me and I'd be happy to give you a tour.

    Our strings are wound on machines, that many dedicated people operate. They're definitely not as automated as you might think, although still not as old school as using a hand winder to make strings (although we still use the hand winding machine on a couple of sets/gauges). Our machines have been designed and built in-house, and we have an on-staff mechanic that is constantly ensuring that machine issues don't exist.

    Since many of the string manufacturers use the same materials from the same company, any defect in that wire can be spread immediately to all companies using it. We have a group of QC people that have a list of criteria to gauge groups of strings by, and if they don't match that list, they're ground down and destroyed.

    The "bad egg" does get through sometimes (as with ANY company), and we try to make it right when it does.
  10. chilliwilli


    Aug 17, 2005
    I'll also add that D'addario and GHS make alot of strings for other brands
  11. truckin88


    Oct 18, 2001
    Newburgh, NY
    Labella and d'addrio are NY based
  12. Black Diamond Strings are in Sarasota, Florida.
  13. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    WOW! Everything you'd ever want to know about where bass strings are made and more. TalkBass Rocks!!
  14. Dave Curran

    Dave Curran Lilduke

    Jul 27, 2013
    Does Ernie Ball make their own?
  15. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Labella makes most of Carvins strings- Labella are located in Newburgh, NY I used to see the E&O Mari sign right off main st when I lived there.
  16. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    I often wondered if Ned Steinberger located in Newburgh because LaBalla was there, or if he was already there and he used LaBalla because they were in Newburgh too?
  17. powmetalbassist

    powmetalbassist Supporting Member

    I can't think of current string makers off shore, but the Snarling Dog's (before being bought out) were made in Korea.
  18. Mikhail1


    Apr 8, 2008
    Yes, Ernie Ball makes their own strings in Coachella, California.
  19. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Newburgh had cheap rent and cheap skilled labor- a guitarist I was in a band with was a head tech there for years.
    Im guessing Labella had a hand in "Inventing" the double ball end string in conjunction with Ned...
  20. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Supporting Member Commercial Seller Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
  21. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    I can't believe I misspelled 'LaBella' twice in that post :)