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a roundwound that isnt super bright

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by drewphishes, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. drewphishes

    drewphishes Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2017
    looking for something thats a roundwound but not super bright.

    I use chromes on my P bass. I like them alot but on my alembic EPic I want something a bit brighter for slapping.

    I use DA EXL 165 nickels but sometimes I just feel they are too bright.

    Any sort of middle ground here?
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  2. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    GHS Pressurewound, or for a tad brighter, their new balanced nickel strings.
  3. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    TI jazz rounds.
  4. drewphishes

    drewphishes Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2017
    Its got TI jazz flats on it now, but those dont really sound great for slapping. The chromes sound ok but want brighter, Ill check the pressure rounds out
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  5. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    I only tried the TI jazz rounds once and agree they are quite mellow for a round, but definitely not a flatwound sound.
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  6. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    After a bit of trial and error, I decided GHS Boomers were the best match for my Alembic Europa, although I'm not much of a slapper. I like Boomers on it because it's a pretty bright sounding bass and Boomers "warm up" it's tone.

    I haven't tried EB Slinkys on my Alembic, but I find they're not quite as bright sounding as D'Addario XL's, and they're definitely brighter sounding than Boomers.
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  7. Not too bright?

    My top three recommendations for rounds with the least amount of zing:
    1. GHS Round Core Boomers (Nickel-plated Steel).
    2. GHS Pressurewounds (Nickel-Iron Alloy).
    3. GHS Balanced Nickels (Pure Nickel).
  8. saltydude


    Aug 15, 2011
    boston CANADA
    DR Pure blues.
    Not bright. Warm and punchy.
    krfoss, Aqualung60, Buzz E and 4 others like this.
  9. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    Not bright, warm and punchy ..... sounds like you're talking about me!


    I'll agree with the Pressurewounds. Just had a set put on my Stingray. Only got to play for a short while the other day, but I liked what I heard in the first test.
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  11. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker

    Sep 26, 2011
    Baton Rouge, LA
    The Nikki Sixx version of the Dean Markley Helix HD SS are perfect for that if you’re only playing a 4str!!
  12. DiMarco

    DiMarco Guest

    Feb 4, 2010
    Elixir Nanoweb. I removed them from my Warwick because for me they lacked highs.
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  13. soulman969

    soulman969 Inactive

    Oct 6, 2011
    Englewood, Colorado
    Cast another vote for Pressurewounds. Nearly ideal on any Jazz or Jazz type bass IME.
    nerkoids, Joedog, michael_t and 2 others like this.
  14. SonnyBassPlayer


    Nov 29, 2013
    GHS Boomers.
  15. JES

    JES Supporting Member

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  16. TideSwing


    Oct 31, 2014
    Las Vegas
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  17. smtp4me


    Sep 30, 2013
    Philadelphia, PA
    IMHO - any coated roundwound will fit what you are looking for. Honestly, this is the reason that I don't use coated strings, because they are not as bright.
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  18. Morrighan

    Morrighan La Contessa Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    Isle of Everywhere
    And this is the reason I use coated coated strings: because they are not as bright.
  19. sikamikanico


    Mar 17, 2004
    I would start with pure nickel roundwounds... GHS, Fender, and Pyramid all make them. I think DAddario makes pure nickel half rounds too...
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  20. wmhill


    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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    Dean Markley's, an hour after you start playing.
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