Alternative to obligato.

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by mav, May 16, 2005.

  1. mav


    Jun 10, 2003
    I'm sure this question has been asked before.
    I've got a set of Obligato's on my bass at the moment and I really like them but they've only lasted 10 months. I'm looking for a string that is similar but lasts longer.
  2. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    $10 or $12 a month isn't that expensive, is it? If you like the string, stick with it. Strings are things that wear out like brakes on a car -- just part of the expense of being a bass player.
  3. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    I'm with Ray, but if it is really bugging you, you might consider using something like a Spirocore, Superflexible, Permanent or Flatchromesteel on the E and A and Obligato on the D and G.

    All of the above are metal core strings and will last longer. You may only have to buy a new E and A every other swap out of the top strings.

    As a bonus, you may better better output and clarity with your E and A with this setup.

    The closest string I have come across to the Obligato is the Dominant. But, it doesn't last any longer and costs more.
  4. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    If you go with a mixed set like that, I found Spiro Weichs to be a good pairing with Obligatos D and G.

    I go through 2-3 sets of strings a year.
  5. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    I like the Dominants and superflex's.

    with a spiro E .
  6. Packinmn


    Jun 21, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    I recently tried a Sensicore E. I was actually hoping it would sound good with plain guts on the top strings (and I found for my situation it did not). However, in trying it out I couldn't help but notice how similar it felt and sounded to the Obligato E. I used them on that same bass previously for about a year. I never put the other Sensicores on, so I can't say how similar they are as a set but that E sure seemed familiar.
  7. mav


    Jun 10, 2003
    I just happened to have a 6 month set of spiro weich in the top drawer. I'm thinkin i'll just buy the G & D Obli's, besides I always thought the Obli E was a little frabby and week.
  8. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Ya, you're not the only one. I like all the others OK for metal strings but after playing guts a couple weeks, I'm totally over steel strings. Except for the E string. Plain gut E makes an Obligato sound like a Spirocore E tuned up a step.
  9. larry


    Apr 11, 2004
    Can anyone compare & contrast Obligatos with Superflexibles?

    Which E & A might pair better with an Oliv D & G?
  10. How about pairing Solo Superflexible E and A (F# and B) with Obligato D and G? Or will that put me back in Flab City?
  11. FidgetStone


    Jun 30, 2002
    Allen, TX
    I went from Obligatos to Velvet 180s and I am very happy with them. They have many of the qualities that I like about the Obligatos. They are warm and round sounding with good depth and bow very well. Do a search on the 180s and read up a little.

    Good luck on what ever you decide . . .