Best strings for honky tonk/Texas swing???

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by MLB, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. MLB


    Jan 24, 2012
    I do a mixture of rockabilly slap and mostly gravitate towards gut or synthetic gut strings because I love that sound. When I play any kind of honky tonk shuffle/texas swing type stuff, notes don't seem very defined. What is a good compromise between the two styles of music? I'm torn on moving towards any kind of metal core strings because I have had them sound sorta boingy in the past when slapping. Maybe there is something out there that will work better for what I want?
  2. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Nashville TN
    I like innovation silver slaps for pizz and slap work
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  3. ctxbass

    ctxbass Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    Central Texas
    What strings, pickup, preamp/amp, and speaker are you are you using?
    I play western swing and jazz gigs with guts and can usually get plenty of definition with plain G&D and wrapped E&A.
    Some rooms are really tough though, even with steel strings.
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