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Best jazz strings for jazz bass..?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Yamarc, Jul 21, 2003.


  1. Yamarc

    Yamarc Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2002
    Northville, MI
    I play a smokin Modulus Genesis Vintage Jazz, which is model after a good ole '64 jazz bass. I am looking to get some new strings put on that are deep and punchy, I also like some highs and snappy bite tones as well. I know that I will only get so close with a jazz bass, but I really dig Stefan Lessard's tone- I know he uses DR Lowriders, but I am looking for other suggestions. I am open to anything...Tell me what you like on your jazz and hy you like them. Post Away and THANKS! Marc
     
  2. rsautrey

    rsautrey Banned

    Jul 27, 2000
    So you tried the Lo-Riders and didn't like them?
     
  3. 12notes

    12notes

    Jul 15, 2003
    D'Addario EHR71 half-rounds/grounds.
    or, Fender Nylon Filament Roundsound 7120 (if you don't slap.)

    I use both on my two Js.
     
  4. Yamarc

    Yamarc Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2002
    Northville, MI
    I have tried DR Lowriders, but never on my new Jazz. I had them on a Warwick and liked them very much- I am just investingating other options.

    Anyone tried TI Powerjazz nickel roundwounds? Are they any good? Which do you prefer DRs or TIs? Thanks, Marc
     
  5. Although I don't have a Jazz, I've tried the TI Powerbass, and all the Steel DR's. I think the TI's are very balanced and smooth sounding, but somewhat uninteresting, and they surely miss the snappy highend of DR SS strings. From your describtion it sounds like Lo-Riders are what you want. DR Fat-beams are very good too, and if you want nickle strings I would suggest D'addario Slowounds instead of the TI's. They have a lot more bottom, and quite nice hi-end too.

    (All my string experimenting was done on a Stingray5, and my favorite so far is DR hi-beams. The feel and snap of those is just amazing - very articulate. The lo-riders keep coming back because of their punch and firm lo-end, though.)
     
  6. genesis6891

    genesis6891

    May 29, 2003
    I'm using roundwounds on a defretted and varnished Squier Jazz, very VERY nice!
     
  7. fclefgeoff

    fclefgeoff Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    Illinoize
    I use a Modulus VJ (not the Genesis) and I prefer flats. They tend to mellow out the sound of the carbon fiber neck/synthetic board.
     
  8. ERMAL

    ERMAL

    Jun 20, 2003
    San Antonio, TX
    I get great results from my 62 R.I. with the Dean Markley Will Lee signature set. They are taper-wound, so you may require a slight change in action. They are gauged .107-.043 (or .047 -brain fart). I have used TI Powerbass on my P-Bass - they are great strings, but I think I'm going to try the TI Flats. The PB's do seem to lack that "new string zing".
     
  9. Davo737

    Davo737

    Feb 29, 2000
    Syracuse, NY
    I recently put a set of TI Powerbass on my Modulus VJ-4. The feel great, have great balance, and certainly have a hotter output than most strings, but I'm not sold on the tone. They don't sound bad - far from it, in fact. But, like carl-anton said, I find them to be a bit uninteresting. They don't seem to have much character of their own - which may be good or bad, depending on what you're looking for. I'll be trying TI Jazz rounds next...
     
  10. I would say give try to a TI Jazz rounds. Very warm and balanced sounding strings. At least on my Warwick Thumb BO5. Definitely best strings I've tried so far. Probably not for slap, but if you're after fingerstyle Jazz sound, give them try.
     
  11. I would say give try to a TI Jazz rounds. Very warm and balanced sounding strings. At least on my Warwick Thumb BO5. Definitely best strings I've tried so far. Probably not for slap, but if you're after fingerstyle Jazz sound, give them try.
     
  12. RicPlaya

    RicPlaya

    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    I played DR's which you already tried and I like. What about the old standard Rotosounds? they are relatively inexpensive worth throwing them on and trying them out. Good highs, mids, and lows, cut throught the mix good when playing live. Good string tension, they sound good on my Rick and jazzy to me. Good overall strings.
     
  13. My favorite strings are the TI Jazz Rounds. The extra long ones have more tension and feel great. After years of trying many different strings, I found that I love the sound and feel of the TI jazz rounds, much more than even the other TI (flats powerbass). I just wish the extra long ones came in a five string version.

    But of course this is just my likes, each person has different tastes and tone requirements.
     
  14. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I use fender original medium gauge strings. they dont necesarily sound like a jazz bass, but they sound good on one, if that makes sense. I like a nice, trebely sound, and this, with my amp settings, does just that, great for when i play Tool, because Justin Chancellor has a nice treble oriented sound in a lot of songs, like Schism and forty-six & 2.