Which of these two sets of strings would you choose?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by squeally dan, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. squeally dan

    squeally dan

    Mar 30, 2008
    Got two sets of bass strings for free from an online dealer. Which of these would you use and why:

    1. Ernie Ball Super Slinkys -gauge:45-100

    2. D'Adarrio EXL170-5 Nickel Wound/Regular Light Guage -45-130

    New to bass (coming from guitar) and need to know which to go with. Thanks!
  2. msaone


    May 13, 2012
    I'm a relic, i've used med. Boomers since the 80's.

    If I got free strings, i'd try both sets and see which I liked better than my Boomers.
  3. I'm partial to the D'Adds, and think they sound a tad better, but they're both nickel rounds ... either one is fine.
  4. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    You can't go wrong with either really. Myself I prefer the D'Addario strings (plus I play a 5 string bass) ;). Is your new bass a 4 or 5 string? If it's a 4 maybe you could try one of each.
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  6. ThatBassBoy


    Nov 22, 2012
    what bass is it gonna be on, what style do you play.
  7. squeally dan

    squeally dan

    Mar 30, 2008
    They will be on a 1998 Fender Jazz Bass (USA) -4 string. We play Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Comodoores, Cameo, Etc.
  8. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Number 2 for me I use those on my line 6 Variax 700 I didn't care for the slinky's on my Mark Hoppus
  9. Bongo66


    Dec 18, 2012
    Somerset Ky
    D'Ads all the way! I don't like EBs at all. It seems like they go dead after 2 wks. I may be wrong, but I think the EBs are stainless round wounds and the D'Ads are nickel rounds. If you wanted to compare apples to apples you would need the D'Ads Prosteels to The Super Slinks. Personally I like DR Hibeams.
  10. Mikhail1


    Apr 8, 2008
    If they are both nickels, then it's like comparing apples with.... well, apples! They are very similar and if you were to force me to name them in a blind sound test, I don't think I could do it. I have played both and like both just fine.They both have a similar life span for me. Having said that, I use D'Addario XL220's, only because they are cheaper and come in a twin pack. Try both and use which ever feels and sounds best to you.
  11. squeally dan

    squeally dan

    Mar 30, 2008
    The D'addarios are nickel. The Slinkys don't say.

    Also, I noticed the D'Adarrios say "long scale." Is that normal size for a normal bass that isn't short scale?
  12. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Using that bass and playing that music I would say none of the above.

    Get some Chromes or other flats.
  13. ThatBassBoy


    Nov 22, 2012
    if you only have between those 2, then use the D'Adarrios.

    slap funk, i choose stainless rounds
    fingerstyle funk, i choose flatwounds
    for both, i choose nickel rounds

    but thats just me.
  14. JVbass


    Feb 15, 2009
    Cleveland OH
    Ernie Ball Super Slinkys are nickel plated.
  15. Fish and teach

    Fish and teach

    Dec 25, 2012
    Riesel, TX
    I just put a set of the D'Adarrios on my five string. I like the tone they have. Can't say anything else though because I've only played them about 4 hours. They are very bright compared to whatever was on the Cirrus when I bought it
  16. squeally dan

    squeally dan

    Mar 30, 2008
    I put the Dadarrios on, and I agree with you. They seem very bright. That may be magnified by the fact that the previous strings were on there for over a year& were very mellow sounding.
  17. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    They'll break in. D'Addario are a good, widely used string.
  18. Ha, my two favorite brands. However, I do not like the fourth string quite so heavy as that D'Adarrio set. That's probably what will make the biggest difference.
  19. Got2SadowskyNYC


    Dec 5, 2012
    Nashville, TN
    Artist: Sadowsky, Bag End, Visual Sound, Pedaltrain, George L
    Ernie Ball's are low tension strings.

    D'Addario's are higher tension.

    When compairing D'Addario and Ernie Ball of the same guage, Ernie Ball feel like playing on rubber to me.
  20. phunku


    Jan 9, 2008
    London, England
    Are the D'addario's soft to the touch?
  21. bumperbass


    Jun 19, 2012
    IMO, I can slide much smoother on XL's than I do on most flats.