50-115: ernie ball vs ghs boomers

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by wi_tillidie, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. wi_tillidie


    Apr 17, 2012
    I'm new to bass(played guitar for over ten years) and I just switched my strings from factory 105s (MIM fender J) because I had an issue with playing drop c# and always having to adjust my bridge saddle on my low c. I was stressing on the fact that I figured I just needed to replace the bridge. I was leaning towards the Babictz full contact over the badass ii simply because of price and style.

    I soon realized that my problem was just that the factory 105 was just too "floppy" and the Jack of tension on the saddle was causing it to fall all the way to the bridge after just a few minutes of descent playing.

    That being said i needed a bigger gauge string so I naturally asked for EB. But they don't gave (to my knowledge ) 50-115 sets so I was recommended the 115 set ghs boomers. I was told that EB was bright and punchy and the ghs have more of a worm tone.

    So I wanted to know some of you views on the 2. What do you think. Should i try just to buy the 50-115 EBs in singles, or are the ghs boomers my best bet?

    Thanks for your time. This is my first thread
  2. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    To be honest, those are probably my two least favorite kinds of strings, IME they die fast and I never liked their tone. They will both do the job though. Personally, for a low C I like a 120 or 125, the C is only half a step above the low B on a 5 string.
  3. JayGunn

    JayGunn Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2010
    Chapel Hill NC
    Seriously, check out Circle K strings. The owner participates here on TB and is a likeable guy. I tune to DCGF (down a whole tone across the board) and have used their .112 and .118 balanced sets for that. For that tuning they work great.

    The main thing about Circle K is that you can buy individual strings of any gauge, they sound really good, they last, they feel good. There are probably a bunch of other guys typing up this same recommendation right now...

    <a href="http://www.circlekstrings.com/store/">Circle K</a>

  4. Agreed. I have been using Circle K's for almost 2 years now. I recently bought a set of the .50 - .115 Boomers because I needed to drop my tuning down for a new project in a pinch. They will do for a couple weeks, probably, maybe... The problem is that once I got into Circle K's balanced tension sets, even when drop tuning, it is very odd feeling to play anything else. They sound amazing, ship quickly, are affordable, and they make me happy!
  5. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    If you want custom gauge sets, here's the place to get them:
    Build your own string set!

    You can build sets from DR, GHS, D'Addario, Ken Smith...whatever. That way you can build your custom sets...balanced or whatever, and you're not stuck with just one brand or type of string!
  6. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Its been awhile since I used ernie ball super slinkies and ghs boomers. But I thought ghs a good neutral string and ernie ball a little more aggressive and with bit of a crunch factor accent.
  7. valowhba


    Feb 21, 2013
    I love it!
  8. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    It's really the only way to buy strings these days! Makes pre-packaged sets with 'forced upon you' gauges seem so...1950's :)
  9. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    Boomers are supposed to die before they sound good. If you want bright nickel strings look elsewhere.