Are SIT's normally really tight?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by CapeScrod, Nov 11, 2011.


  1. CapeScrod

    CapeScrod

    Nov 6, 2011
    MA
    I just got a ESP D6 6 string bass, which sounds nice, the SIT strings that came on it sound pretty good but they're really tight! I usually do a lot of bending but these suckers are like iron rods. I use standard 440 tuning, and normally use Rotosound stainless.
     
  2. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya

    Dec 28, 2007
    In my experience SIT's are on the tighter side of the tension scale.

    You could try some Dunlops, they have a "medium" tension to me.
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    Sunbeams are round core and are pretty flexible!
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    As are Highbeams:
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    Slinky's are also roundcore and are less tension than SIT, IMO.
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    EDIT: I see you're a Rotosound user. He's got those too! :D

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  3. CapeScrod

    CapeScrod

    Nov 6, 2011
    MA
    Thanks for the in depth info!
     
  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
  5. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya

    Dec 28, 2007
    I've always found Slinky's to be looser feeling than SIT's. I thought Slinky's had a round core, but they be hex. SIT's have been one of the tighter strings I have used. More so the D'Addario.
     
  6. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    The only round core roundwounds I know of are:
    DR (Sunbeams, HiBeams, Neon, ExtraLife)
    Fodera
    TI

    Again, that's all *I* know of. There are not many more, if any at all.
     
  7. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
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    I believe Ernie Ball slinky have a tin plated hex core which makes then feel slinkier than other hex cores.

    Dean Markley makes a round core string. hehe
     
  8. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya

    Dec 28, 2007
    tin sounds cheap. :bag:
     
  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    I thought they did too, but I can't find anybody that sells them!
     
  10. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
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    Nickels are only $0.05..

    (Although a few months ago Nickels were worth $0.08 melt value)

    Nickel is worth about $8.2327 per pound
    Tin is worth about $9.8089 per pound

    sooooooo

    :D
     
  11. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
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    I know someone who has a biiiiig shipment from Dean Markley headed his way ;)
     
  12. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    Santa Claus???? :)
     
  13. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
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    Ive gained some weight the past couple years but come on!
     
  14. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya

    Dec 28, 2007
    I guess I should switch to Slinky's then! :cool:
     
  15. Gratz on the new bass! I have found that the SITs that came on my LTD bass were also tight, I normally use rotos.
     
  16. CapeScrod

    CapeScrod

    Nov 6, 2011
    MA
    I'll probably try a set of Roto's on it and see how they work, it's been a long time since I've had a fretted 6er. My fretless 6er I don't worry about changeing strings on :D
     
  17. ixlramp

    ixlramp

    Jan 25, 2005
    UK
    Hmm? No one mentioned gauges? :) Perhaps the SIT set are big gauges and/or a top-heavy set. If you string bend a balanced tension set will really help.
     
  18. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
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    Doesn't even need to be balanced, just lighter gauges.
     
  19. CapeScrod

    CapeScrod

    Nov 6, 2011
    MA
    My calipers tell me it's a .125 B and .105 E, I ordered some medium gauge Rotos for it. On my four string basses I normally use Funkmasters which have a 0.95 E.
     
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