10 sets of strings ?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by carl h., Apr 14, 2012.

  1. If you were stocking a store with bass strings and only had room for 10 sets, what would you stock.

    I was asked this, and the store will be taking my recommendation. I know what I'd like, but what do bass players who are not me like? I want to cover most tastes, not just my own preferences.

    Lets hear what YOU would want in inventory!
  2. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    TI jazz flats

    If there were a store that sold no rounds, that's where I'd shop.
  3. Really heavy rounds, I know its not a brand but its a pain to find anything over 45 sometimes.
  4. Audiophage


    Jan 9, 2005
    Definitely. I hate that I can't support any of my local stores with string purchases because I prefer a .050 G.
  5. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    DR and D'Addario should cover most everything.

    DR for variety and high quality strings, D'Addario for the price.

    HiBeams/Fatbeams for steels.
    Nickel Lo Riders for nickel.
    DDT's for downtuning.
    Black Beauties for coated.
    Neon for coated/novelty.

    XL's for nickel.
    ProSteels for steels.
    Chromes for those 2 people who use flats.

    Well that's 8 sets. Add Elixir because some people swear by them.
    Elixir nickel.
    Elixir steels.

    There's your 10 sets.
  6. waleross


    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    +1 to what was already listed, I would add Roto's , having just gone back to them on my (2) P Basses................:cool:
  7. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    I would stock the standard Ernie Ball strings, D'Addario nickels, steels, and chrome, DR Hi Beams, Lo Riders, Sunbeams, Black Beauties, Rotosound 66 steels, GHS Boomers.

    Should cover most people's tastes.

    *Edit* I'm partial to Circle K and Fodera strings, and some DR strings, however I think these sets of strings should best cover what people are looking for when they walk into a shop.
  8. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    Is it room in inventory "Cost" or physical room?

    The cost on only 10 sets of strings is going to go way up when you figure in shipping from various manufactures. If you buy from a distributor rather than direct I suppose 10 sets would work, but refilling with one or two sets would be a high cost in freight per set. (Although not many manufacturers / distributors will even sell one or two sets)...

    If you only want 10 sets maybe deal direct with one manufacturer to help keep freight costs down. Find a manufacturer or distributor / reseller that would sell to you that carries a wide variety of strings and can help work with you to keep freight costs lower.

  9. basstoven


    Nov 20, 2008
    Buffalo, ny
    A variety of Flatwounds, Roundwounds (nickel and steel) and if their is room some tapewound nylons or some acoustic strings
  10. soulman969

    soulman969 Inactive

    Oct 6, 2011
    Englewood, Colorado
    I guess I'll be the one here to state the obvious. Based on the described needs and desires of the typical posters in this forum there is no way only 10 different sets would satisfy the needs of the average bass playing community. In addition to that, as Jason points out, the store would find difficult to price competitively and still be profitable.

    There's a reason why so many of us buy online from Jason's company and it's because of price, selection and his value added expertise. Few if any local music shops could even come close to matching that.

    Now, having said all that I'd suggest to them they simply act as a convenience store for locals and carry only high quality but very reasonably priced strings like DR's and GHS's. A sampling of 10-12 different strings from those lines should cover a lot of needs. If it was my shop that's what I would do. Kind of a 7-11 convenience shop when someone needs it now!
  11. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Rotosound swing swing 66 steal and nickel. Dr noens green, & yellow, DR lowrider, GHS boomers, Ernie bass slinky & cobalt, Daddario xl, and Dean Markley blue steel.
  12. Pretty much what I'd do. Maybe throw some GHS in there because I'm not a really big Elixir fan, but yeah.
  13. PJMiDi


    Feb 27, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    I very rarely see these mentioned here, I use them on the majority of my basses. Great strings for the price.

    My list would be those then mmbongo's list without the ProSteels. Or keep them and take out the neons, but everyone loves neon it seems.
  14. I can only recommend 3 based on personal preference but I would certainly stock:

    D'addario Chromes
    GHS Precision Flats
    GHS Black Nylon Tapewounds
  15. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    Despite what you see on these boards, they're popular strings. My list is more meant to serve the average guy who might check out a shop and want to get some strings. Should have most tastes covered.
  16. PJMiDi


    Feb 27, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    Definitely a pretty good variety of brands on your list. And yea I keep trying different strings and going back to the EB regulars, can't complain at just under 20 a pack
  17. G3Mitch


    Feb 8, 2011
    New Zealand

    I buy strings online cuz I know what I want, and pretty much no retailer stocks them here in NZ, + its cheaper. But if I NEEDED strings that day, that list would have what I need(could use, lol)

    Its expensive being fussy.

    EDIT: I use dean markley blue steels btw.
  18. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    The strings I use aren't even in my list(Fodera and DR Fat Beams) however with those 10 I would be fine, most Fat Beam users will enjoy Hi Beams, but the reverse may not be true. It's about anticipating demand really, so keeping a good variety while holding strings that are very popular is a balancing act when limited to 10 different sets.
  19. Thanks for the input. I'll be making a recommendation this week.
  20. u84six

    u84six Don't panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    I would stock 4 variations of flats, 4 variations of rounds, and 2 types of tape wounds. That way, some local players would take a chance on using flats and finally see what they're missing. :)

    I just installed a new set of DR Sunbeams on my Jazz bass, and they are just "OK". But truthfully, it helped me appreciate the flats I've been using even more. :)