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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Bass-4-God, Aug 14, 2013.
What strings are you using on your passive jazz bass?
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.
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.
I like Ernieball light gauge flats for my jazz. 95-45
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.
Labella 760 fl's or TI jazz flats
Labella 760FLs... mega old school thump! Nothing else like 'em.
But if you're after an edgier, more modern tone, DR Fat Beams do the Jazz Bass justice.
d'addario Chromes for me on my american special.
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.
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.
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.
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.
boomers. Best sounding string on a J.
+1 on all counts (except I don't have many JB's... ... ) 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.
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.
GHS Precision Flats.
I'm finding these to be my go to strings:
D'Addario Nickel balanced.
Right now my J has GHS Boomers mediums. I alternate between them and D'Addario Chromes light gauge.