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35 scale 5 string fretless, brass bridge...quiet strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by DavidEdenAria, Jan 30, 2017.

  1. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    35 scale Korean Dean fretless 5 string factory pair of EMG HZ, currently has some kind of rounds with the loose looking string wraps and no silks, anyone know what these are?

    I like the tone and feel of these strings but I could use less string noise.

    Is going to some sort of flat like my Fender 9050 stainless steels going to be a drastic tone change?


    Any quieter rounds for a fretless 35 scale 5 string?

    What are some preferred 35 scale 5 string sets?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Going to flats will be a drastic tone change, you lose most highs and overtones - might be what you're looking for, maybe not. I like pressure wounds, to keep most of the roundwound sound while losing string noise and fingerboard damage. Ken Smith Compressors are my favorites, I like the slick rounds (ground / half wound) as well.
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  3. I was going to suggest the GHS Pressurewounds, but the Ken Smith Compressors, which are also made by GHS and the closest thing to the GHS PW, would be a better choice for a 35" scale. GHS has a "winding length" (ball end to silk) of 37.25", while KS is 38"; otherwise, they're very similar.
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  4. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    Thanks! My bud, who is a collector of a lot of serious vintage gear, uses the GHS Pressurewounds on all of his basses....they don't get played much at all and I haven't really played any of his basses, only his guitars.

    What is the tension like and how floppy is the B string compared to others?
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  5. I only play 4-string and use the ML7200 set (44-58-80-102), which I find very well-balanced overall. They do have the typical hex-core tautness but still comfortable without being too loose or floppy.

    Something to note regarding the B-string...
    The GHS's .128 B is non-tapered, while the KS .125T is tapered.
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  6. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    I see you play Fender 9050's as well as I......how do you think they compare to the ML7200 overall?
  7. Fender 9050s are meaty and full-bodied like flats should be, but with a unique blend of grind and grunt without the typical thump and thud of a traditional flat.

    The PW ML7200 are more round-ish in tone than the Fender 9050s with tight lows and punchy mids, and nice crunch up top without the zing.

    I like them both for their well-balanced tension and tone across all four strings.
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  8. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    I think you'll like the B-string on the GHS Pressurewounds. IMO it's not at all floppy. I recently put a set on my 35" scale 6-string bass. I prefer higher tension strings, and I'm blown away by them. The tension for the entire set feels really balanced to me.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2017
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  9. Versatek6

    Versatek6 Fretless is like Trombone Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2008
    Twin Cities, MN
    Tapes are certainly worth looking at. Usually a roundwound string under a nylon wrap. I've used D'Addario tapes on fretless 4s and 5s and liked them.

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