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Are there strings you actually dislike?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by FunkyYeti, Mar 31, 2020.


  1. FunkyYeti

    FunkyYeti Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2019
    I've been trying out different strings since the beginning of the year and while I certainly like some better than others, I don't actually dislike any of them (except maybe for La Bella 0760M's .110 string, which I never managed to intonate properly). Are there strings you actually dislike?
     
  2. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I’m in the minority, but I don’t like D’Addario Chromes.
     
  3. uwrossl

    uwrossl

    Nov 13, 2009
    Huntington Beach
    I'm in the minority too. Chromes have been the only string I've come across that I dislike.
     
  4. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Flatwounds
     
  5. Chad Michael

    Chad Michael Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2001
    Pacific Northwest USA
    Yes. Anything other than D'Addario ProSteels.
     
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  6. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    I played Roto Swings exclusively through the 80’s into the early 90’s until I started getting “duds” every few sets. That caused me to dislike them.
     
  7. I dislike anything other than 40-100 nickel round wounds.
     
  8. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    Round wounds of any kind and Aquila Thundergut for bass ukulele which are too sticky and will sausage after a while, but I have them on three of my bass ukes because I don't play them that often.
     
  9. Geri O

    Geri O

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    Yes.

    Rotosounds and those awful Hartke bass strings.

    And stainless steel strings in general.
     
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  10. Heavy Blue

    Heavy Blue

    Nov 11, 2017
    Prairie Canada
    Not big on Fender or D’addario rounds which I guess makes sense as I believe D’addario makes Fender’s strings for them. For rounds, I’ve had best results with GHS Boomers, EB Slinky’s, and believe it or not, the cheap-arsed L&M house brand strings.

    Don’t much care for black tapewounds either. Too dull.
     
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  11. SteveBass5

    SteveBass5 It all sounds the same, It's all one song! Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2009
    Massachusetts
    These days I don't like the sound or feel of any Steel strings. To much finger noise. Not brand specific. I have been in love with Labella flat and tape wound. But. I also love Ken Smith slick wounds once the sticky feel wears away.
     
  12. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Tennessee
    I have a couple of friends who love Ernie Ball, but I’ve tried flats and rounds with no luck. Not much for Chromes, either.
     
  13. Hate Roundwounds,"Used to love'em now I had to leave'em":bassist:...

    Its Flatwounds all the way for me!:cool::thumbsup:
     
  14. Nashrakh

    Nashrakh

    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Warwick Red Labels. Playing these is just asking for trouble. Might as well string up a cheese grater for better feel.

    Ernie Ball Slinkies. The sound didn't do it for me at all.
     
  15. Dincrest

    Dincrest Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    Ken Smith Compressors. I tried them maybe 10-15 years ago and remember absolutely hating them. They were coarse, stiff, and the tone was too twangy and nasal. Plus, one of the strings completely unraveled on me during a re-string. I said "never again" to those strings and immediately went back to the superior SIT Silencers on that bass after that disaster.

    And though there are excellent, high quality strings, I didn't like DR Sunbeams because they felt too spongy for me.

    I also recall trying Ritter Swordsteels. The fingerstyle tone was the best fingerstyle tone I'd ever heard, but the slap tone was the most putrid, rancid, clunky piece of hot garbage I'd ever heard. It boggled my mind that an expensive, high quality string could sound heavenly in one context and hellish in another.

    EDIT: And I'm also in the camp with the folks who dislike coated strings.
     
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2020
  16. Steve88

    Steve88 Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2014
    Macedon, NY
    I've tried stainless steel strings a few times and haven't cared for them. They sound very "clicky clacky", for lack of better words.

    DR black beauties were also pretty uninspring.
     
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  17. 9Thumbs

    9Thumbs

    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    Been using GHS Precision flats for 30? years. Every bass I obtain comes with roundwounds. I take them off quick, don't like the feel or the finger and fret noise. I do like the sound though. I could try other flats, then my answer would be more useful
     
  18. BurtMacklinFBI

    BurtMacklinFBI Rock 'n' Roll Knuckle Dragger Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2018
    GHS Boomers. It’s been a very long time since I tried them though, so maybe don’t take my opinion on them overly seriously. I’ve been super happy with DRs for years so I never felt the need to give Boomers another shot.
     
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  19. maxschrek

    maxschrek Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN.
    Rotosounds. I've never bought a set that weren't dead and felt like razor wire. The tension blows, too. Imo, of course.
     
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  20. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Basically anything that isn’t DR Black Beauties. They’ve been my go-to strings for many years, on many, many different basses.

    I’ve tried to like others. But I don’t. Whenever I buy a new bass, it immediately gets restrung with DR BB’s. Sometimes before I even plug it in for the first time.
     
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