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Best Strings For Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Bass-4-God, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. Bass-4-God


    Feb 19, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    What strings are you using on your passive jazz bass?
  2. Low Hertz

    Low Hertz

    Sep 28, 2006
    Davis, CA
    To me, the ultimate string for jazz and most playing
    are the Thomastic Flat Wounds. They are the only
    flatwounds that have great sustain and really sing.

    They are far more expensive than any other string,
    but have an incredible singing fat fundamental.
  3. Adub311


    Jun 25, 2011
    Whittier, CA
    I had Roto flats on my Jazz and they sounded good, but now i have D'addario Nickel wound light gauges on and it sounds incredible.
    It really just depends on what kind of tone you're going for.
    Do a search and look through some previous threads, that'll help you out.
  4. bassfreakah


    Mar 26, 2011
    Endorsing Artist Ernie ball strings
    I like Ernieball light gauge flats for my jazz. 95-45
  5. I use roundwound nickels. Tried flats, but were not the sound I was looking for. I have a jazz with roundwound stainless steels, and it sounds great, but it doesn't sit in the mix as well and the strings feel a little rougher.
  6. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
  7. LaBella 760FLs... mega old school thump! Nothing else like 'em. :bassist:

    But if you're after an edgier, more modern tone, DR Fat Beams do the Jazz Bass justice.
  8. d'addario chromes for me on my american special.
  9. After a four-year love affair with D'A Chromes, I've decided to try a few rounds for different flavors. Put a set of DR Fat Beams (stainless steel) on my J about a month and a half ago, but didn't like them as I found them a little too metallic and clangy for my taste.

    So, I ordered a set of Sunbeams (NPS) and a set of Nickel Lo-Riders from bassstringsonline.com a couple of weeks ago. So far so good with the Sunbeams - I definitely like the warmer and smoother tone (and the feel) of the NPS (vs. SS). I will be playing them in church this coming weekend so we'll see how they sound in the mix.

    Then once I wear them out, it will be time to try out the Nickel Lo-Riders to see which one might work better for me.
  10. BAce


    Jul 31, 2012
    I've been using Oasis roundwound on my '04 MIA Jazz for a couple of years now. Really like 'em. Nice high tension string that growls better than the GHS Pressurewound I used to use. And the feel pretty smooth for a roundwound too.

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    I have many of my jazz basses strung with Rotosound 66 roundwound NICKELS. In my opinion they sound better than the stainless steel. They are easier on your fingers, fretboard and seem to last longer than the SS version. Bought them by accident and fell in love with 'em.
  12. LakeEffect


    Feb 21, 2013
    I have halfwounds on my American Deluxe, best of both worlds in my opinion.

    Well, not the BEST of both worlds, but the best at getting rid of my 'grass is greener' jazz string mentality.
  13. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    Boomers. Best sounding string on a J.
  14. Dean N

    Dean N Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    +1 on all counts (except I don't have many JB's... :spit:... :p) I tend to use a lot of left hand finger pressure and I've chewed up frets with SS rounds.

    I want to try Sunbeams though.
  15. Deaky


    Oct 24, 2006
    I had TI flats on my Jazz or a couple of months but I got fed up with flat-wounds and put a set of DR Sunbeams on and they are really great set of strings. Really smooth to play with a great bottom end and sweet top end.
  16. GHS Precision Flats.
  17. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    I'm finding these to be my go to strings:

  18. Jookbox

    Jookbox Registered Drummer

    Mar 16, 2006
    D'Addario Nickel balanced.
  19. billgwx


    Apr 10, 2009
    Centereach NY
    Right now my J has GHS Boomers mediums. I alternate between them and D'Addario Chromes light gauge.