5 string players what strings do you like?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by bassbully, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Yes I tried the search got nothing there. So what do you 5 bangers out there like. I just got an active passive Fender 5 and I have no idea what strings are on them...maybe SIT rounds. They sound ok but wonder what you guys like.

    What do flats sound like on an active 5? I play flats on my 4s but to me a 5 string needs rounds.
  2. jdb72


    Jul 31, 2010
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  3. MattyO


    Jan 3, 2014
    I've only played these two strings so take it fro what it's worth. DR Hi Beams, hated them. Circle K - custom even tension set,Loved 'em.
  4. Mine is currently strung with D'Addario nickel rounds. Just put Dean Markley Helix nickels on an Epi EB3 that I just got, like them so much it will likely be what I go with next time. I think that a tapered B string will fit better through Badass bridge.
  5. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013
    Rotosounds. In the lightest gauge possible. 30-85
  6. DerTeufel


    Nov 11, 2011
    Wildomar, CA
    My current 5'er is a Yamaha BB425X strung with D'Addario Nickels. I prefer DR Hi-beams.
  7. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    BTW this bass is string thru or bridge thru. I'm looking for a tight clear B string...yea I know. What is a balanced set if I may ask?
  8. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    Flats on an a active sound like...flats on an active. If you like the flats sound, the active EQ and pickups will help you shape that overall sound a bit more.

    Personally, my favorite set on my active 5 is GHS Pressurewounds. Nice smooth feel, mellow but articulate tone.
  9. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    I have Chrome XL flats on my active (and heavily modified) OLP MM3 five string.

    They sound remarkably like flats on a passive bass. In the case of my active fretless there's a bit more treble bite than I'm used to hearing from flats, but I'm not sure if that's the maple fingerboard or active electronics, and it EQs out pretty quickly.
  10. Bardolphus

    Bardolphus Put some stank on it... Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    I switched to Elixirs and have been very pleased with them because I completely kill normal strings. For normal strings though, I like D'Addario nickels and DR Hi Beams best.
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  11. Martin89


    Nov 8, 2010
    Glendale, AZ
    Unofficial Endorser: Ibanez, D'Addario, Zoom
    D'Addario EXL-160-5, B string is very tight and clear. Feels and sounds great on my active/passive 5. Very affordable set and lasts long/ages well.
  12. shenager


    Apr 23, 2011
    Currently I have rotosounds 66. A bit chunky. To bright the first 15 hours but once broken in they rule.

    I love the blue steels post boiling. Brand knew they are amazing for 20 minutes and then go flat. I just went straight to boiling them and they deliver lasting deep rich tone.

    Elixirs are amazing and so far my favorite.

    Dunlop xl. Nickel are cheap and have a nice growl.
  13. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    D'addario Super light.

    For years I used to think heavier strings sounded better ... wrong ... lighter strings give me a better low B and low E.

  14. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013

    I use these. So bright.
  15. geoff_in_nc

    geoff_in_nc Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    Played DR Fat Beams on a Peavey Cirrus (active), and it was a beautiful clear sound.

    Sold that and got a Peavey Millenium BXP (passive J-layout) as a holdover and ran Fat Beams (only OK) and later Chromes (very very nice, smooth tone). That bass wasn't real even from string to string though on either set.

    Got another Cirrus now and tried the DR Dragon Skins. Jury is still out, but they're VERY trebly... not harsh, but I'm having to EQ the treble way back. They're amazingly consistent from string to string, and still possess lots of deeper tones.
  16. +1. I have a balanced set (all strings have similar tension) with a .136 B and they are stellar.

    I have Chromes on my active 5 string fretless and they sound great. I alternate between Sadowsky Flats (light) and Wilkins Roadtested Nickels on my active PJ5. They both sound amazing. The Sadowskies for me are just pure flatwound tone and feel heaven.
  17. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Allot of ideas here..thanks. I hate the clanky sound of rounds but think on an active they are better than flats. I used SIT silencers on my 5ers years ago and they were cool. Maybe a pressurewound would be good?
  18. macrocheesium


    Sep 12, 2012
    I like DR Lo-Riders on both my 4 and 5 string basses (active). Clear, growly, and phat when I want them to be.
  19. swing


    Apr 25, 2000
    I love Labella Hard Rockin' Steels on my Stingray 5s…
  20. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Another D'Addario XL user here. However, let me thorw this out there. I agree that if you are LOOKING for a really bright sound, you can certainly get it with XL's. But you can also mellow them down a lot (especially with an active pre). I use them on both my Roscoe Beck Signature 5 and my P bass 5. Love them on both basses. Extremely versatile. I can fit them in any kind of song.