Aquila Thunder Reds vs White Thundergut

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by kefer9, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. kefer9


    Jan 30, 2014
    Hi everybody,
    I am a owner of a bass ukulele Ortega LIZZY-BSFL-GB that comes with a set of Aquila Thundergut. Unfortunately I found the thundegut extremely sticky and it's almost impossible to play them and it seems that i am not the only one with this probem reading around the forum.
    I was wondering if anybody has tried the new Aquila Thunder Reds strings for ubass and, if so, if they found them smooth to play and not sticky like the thundergut. Another question about the thunder reds, do you know if I also have to replace the nut of my ortega ubass or can i use the original one?

    Many thanks,
    Cheers, N.
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I haven't tried the reds, but based on the opinions of others, and the instructions on the package, they're still sticky. Perhaps less sticky than thunderguts, but sticky nonetheless. Pahoehoe's are the only petrochemical strings for sub shortscale instruments that aren't at all sticky. They have their flaws like low tension and endless stretching but they're not sticky and they feel and sound the best, in my opinion. It seems plain rubber is the only material that can remain completely smooth. Plastic/rubber blends like thunderguts, silver rumblers, and thunder reds are all sticky, depending on one's fingertip chemistry.
  3. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science! Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
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    I have basses strung up with both the White Thunderguts and the Red Thunderreds.

    I guess I'm fortunate to not have the stickiness issue that some people do. I don't know if it's my calluses, skin ph, hygiene or what?

    The Reds do feel differently to me, particularly the E and A have a little bit of a 'grainier' feel. They also feel heavy for their size compared to the D and G. I suspect the D and G strings of the Red series are formulated closer to the White Thunderguts.

    I've just never experienced the stickiness myself.
  4. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    You're lucky. I've been cursed with thundergutredrumblerphobic fingertips.
  5. kefer9


    Jan 30, 2014
    Thanks for the tips guys, I have ordered a set of Pahoehoe Dreads, I will let you know how I will find them, I hope it will be a better compromise than the thundergut...
  6. didgeribass


    Aug 18, 2011
    I find the stickyness of the Thunderguts quite annoying, too.

    Kefer9, how did it go with the Pahoehoe Dreads?
  7. kefer9


    Jan 30, 2014
    they are not perfect but in general I found the Pahoehoe better than the Thunderguts. They don't stay in tune so well as the Thunderguts and they still produce a bit finger noise when amplified but in general I like them much better in term of playability. They don't stick to my fingers at all, they are smooth and nice at the touch. Until somebody will release a better set of strings the Pahoehoe will be my choice :)
    Cheers, N.
  8. DirkP


    Jan 18, 2013
    Hamburg, Germany
    Love the sound of the Thunderguts but have the same problem with them being sticky. Esp. the E and A string. I kind of believe it is a problem with the material, not the skin of my fingers.
    And why are they marketed as not being sticky?

    Proof: it gets even worse if I use a pick. It feels kind of funny. If I'm playing fast for about a milisecond at every plug I literally feel how the pick sticks to the string and I have to use a little force to detach it. And if it would be my fingers and not the material: why aren't the g- and the d-string that sticky.

    Otherwise they are really great and I use a slightly softer touch to kind of circumvent the problem, but it would be perfect if the manufacturer would find a solution for this problem.

    Why don't they ask Elixir to coat these strings:) Shouldn't this work?
  9. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Because Aquila thinks using baby powder to counteract the inherent stickiness is a perfectly reasonable thing to do, as if powder doesn't get everywhere and having to use it every time you want to play your bass isn't inconvenient.

    As for a coating, I doubt it would stick to the rubber/plastic material.