Anyone know what strings these are?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by Steve Freides, May 13, 2022.


  1. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    They are on a 1/8 size plywood bass I own. They sound like they inexpensive (not good) and I’d like to replace with better.

    Thanks in advance for your replies.

    -S-

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  2. Ryan in PDX

    Ryan in PDX

    Jan 14, 2020
    Helicore Orchestra, likely. I'm not qualified to name colors, but they look like what my bass came with.
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  3. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    Yep, Orchestral Helicores.
    There's not a wide choice of strings for 1/8 basses though.
     
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  4. LaFaro01

    LaFaro01

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  5. unbrokenchain

    unbrokenchain Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    Black Mountain, NC
    Barely enough room on that tailpiece for the ball end holes :laugh: pretty cute
     
  6. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    A 1/10 size bass generally uses a cello case as it's about the same size. A 1/8 ain't much bigger, so not lots of room for anything. I actually like D'Addario Helicore Orchestra strings, so I'm wondering if these are somehow not the right size for the instrument. (I don't think I've changed the strings since I got this a few years ago.)

    -S-
     
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  7. 9Thumbs

    9Thumbs

    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    Judging by the pegbox, I’d say they were the right length
     
  8. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    I'm going to try to find something better for this bass. It's not much of a bass, but the strings feel sort of loose - maybe they're light gauge.

    -S-
     
  9. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    No, they're mediums.
    They don't make gauges for fractionals.
    D'Addario also make Prelude strings which are their basic line.
    I actually like them, even on a 3/4 bass, but YMMV.
    They have a nice firmness.
    Preludes are available down to 1/8 size, and are available at a special price on Gollihur's website at the moment.
    I guess you don't want to invest too much string money on a small student bass?
     
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  10. 9Thumbs

    9Thumbs

    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    Daddario makes a set called prelude in 1/8. Don’t know anything about them though

    Francois beat me to the punch :)
     
  11. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    Actually, I'm happy to spend good money on strings, even for a 1/8 size bass. I've heard Preludes on a 3/4 bass and really disliked them.

    -S-
     
  12. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    The problem may be to find places that actually stock 1/8 bass strings other than D'Addarios.
     
  13. Preludes aren’t the worst strings I’ve ever heard. They’re like Flexocors under a blanket.
     
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  14. 9Thumbs

    9Thumbs

    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    I’ve never seen a 1/8 bass. How far is the bridge from the. nut?
     
  15. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    78.5 mm or 30-3/4 inches.

    Picture of label:

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  16. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
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  17. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    @LouisF, I'm basically trying to decide if my 1/8 size bass sounds crappy because it's a crappy bass, because it's a decent bass with crappy strings, because it's a decent bass with decent strings that are totally shot, or some other reason.

    -S-
     
  18. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    The Corelli's are reasonably cheap. They are good strings, though not to everyone's taste. It might be worth it to solve your conundrum.
     
  19. Co.

    Co.

    Sep 10, 2006
    Germany
    There are Spirocores down to 1/4. They might work on a 1/8 bass.
    But honestly, I never played a 1/8 bass, that was any good. There are a few nice 1/4 basses around, though.
     
  20. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    If Steve is feeling the Helicores are kind of loose, I wouldn't recomment Corellis though.
    He'd probably find them really loose.
    Super-Sensitive Red Labels (now own by D'Addario) are available down to 1/10 size and are using a solid steel core (unless they changed the formula) so they should feel more tense, if that's what's needed.
     
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