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Which Spiros?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by DB Slidefunk, Feb 8, 2014.


  1. DB Slidefunk

    DB Slidefunk

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    Hi, I've decided to try a set of spiros and not sure which to go for.

    So far on my carved bass I've tried..

    EP Regulars - Nice sound but not enough growl or sustain. Really stiff on my bass and not fun to play for extended periods.

    Velvet Garbos gut G - Nice acoustic sound but a bit muddy when amped. I loved the loose tension of the strings but they were a bit quiet on my bass.

    I guess I'm looking for strings with a tension somewhere between the two with lots of growl and ideally a big E string sound.

    What do you guys think, mittels or weich? I guess I've always thought of light versions of strings as being a bit compromised and thin sounding, but I have no experience to prove it.
     
  2. Greg Clinkingbeard

    Greg Clinkingbeard

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  3. DC Bass

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    Concur, but a lot depends on your bass. Weichen are light, but not wimpy!

    Joe
     
  4. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Administrator

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    Agree. They're a gateway string. Like any other string, you can mitigate the tension with string height change if you have adjusters. There are a lot of sounds that can be had if your technique is up to it.
     
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  6. DC Bass

    DC Bass Supporting Member

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    A taller saddle can help too.

    Joe
     
  7. DB Slidefunk

    DB Slidefunk

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    Gateway string or gateway drug?

    Interesting, I didn't know that string/bridge height would affect the tension. Also string tension shown in lb or kg does not take the string flexibility into account. I guess I'll take the plunge on a set of mittels, can always sell if I dont like them.
     
  8. DC Bass

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    "Gateway drug"! lol!

    You should have no problem selling a set of Spiros if you don't like them- maybe even consider starting off with a used set?

    Technically, I don't think height changes the actual tension per se, but it affects how stiff the strings feel. As strings are raised (at the bridge), the break angle across the bridge is increased, which adds more perceived stiffness/tension. A taller saddle can decrease the break angle and leave the string height unchanged.

    I've seen some folks with really tall saddles, some that even cantilever.

    Joe
     
  9. Chris Fitzgerald

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    Yes, exactly right - that's what I meant. Nnick Lloyd uses the term "resistance" to refer to this feeling on the part of the player. I should probably just start using that term!
     
  10. DC Bass

    DC Bass Supporting Member

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    But I thought "resistance was futile"... :D
     
  11. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Supporting Member

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    Same thing! :D
     
  12. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Supporting Member

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    "Resistance" is a good way to describe it.

    I've been calling it 'stiffness" but its good to have more ways of communicating DB perception.
     
  13. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

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    Search for my thread that compares all the regular Spiros sets, 3/4, 4/4 & solo.
     
  14. calypsocoral302

    calypsocoral302

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    I started with Mittels and moved to Weichs. Less tension, easier to play on my Kay, and not as bright or metallic-sounding, to my surprise.
     

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