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Boomers, D'Addario XL's, or Slinkys?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by SGT. Pepper, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. Boomers.

    19 vote(s)
  2. Xl's.

    47 vote(s)
  3. Slinkys.

    24 vote(s)
  1. SGT. Pepper

    SGT. Pepper Banned

    Nov 20, 2005
    If all stores only carried these three brands of roundwounds which would you choose?
  2. Groundloop


    Jun 21, 2005
    I voted for the XLs. But I'd only buy a few sets to hold me over, and then I'd plan a trip to the DR factory in New Jersey and buy a couple boxes of Lo Riders.
  3. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I used Boomers and Slinkys in the beginning. Now I use XL's mostly. I've pretty much decided that D'Addario's are pretty much the string for me. I rock the XL Nickels for most things, but my Jazz is strung up with ProSteels.
  4. What do you like specifically about the XLs, if you don't mind my asking? I've been using Slinkys for about three years and then Boomers for less than a year, but was thinking about a change sometime soon.
  5. boomers suck, i had them on my ric and i couldnt stand them, at all.

    i always use Xl and always have except that one time.
  6. fatsobasso


    Dec 24, 2005
    Ormond florida
    I have always liked xl nickel softwound,someone tell me if you can,what set for 5 string daddario has a taper b?
  7. Muzique Fann

    Muzique Fann Howzit brah

    Dec 8, 2003
    Kauai, HI
    Sgt. Pepper posting about Boomers!?

    Haha, I thought this was about cubensis for sure. I'll pull my head out of the umm, cow patty. carry on...
  8. need4mospd


    Dec 22, 2005
    I haven't tried the Slinkys, but I'd buy a set of XL's before the Boomers for sure.
  9. I voted for Slinkies,because they are the only ones I have used out of that list,and my guitar player used to use D'Addarios(sp?) and they broke way too often.
  10. matrok


    Jan 10, 2005
    Ferndale, Michigan
    I used boomers for years and was really happy with them. When I started working for a music wholesaler, I tried the brands they had since I got them for cost. Found I liked the XL's quite well. Bummer was they didn't have a five string set in the guages I like, so I used Ken Smith's for my 5 string. Now I'm back to 4 string bass and XL's.
  11. SGT. Pepper

    SGT. Pepper Banned

    Nov 20, 2005
    No I don't work for GHS, D'Addario, or Ernie Ball. :scowl:


    Jun 13, 2005
    Los Angeles
    personally i loved rotosound. Im using GHS boomers now they sounded horrible when i first put them on but now they sound fine.
  13. Triclops

    Triclops Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
  14. DavePlaysBass


    Mar 31, 2004
    XL 170s beat Slinkies head to head on a G&L L-2500. I have not played Boomers for a while. I remember liking them but when they are dead they are dead.

  15. SGT. Pepper

    SGT. Pepper Banned

    Nov 20, 2005
    Who has used XL 220's?
  16. DavePlaysBass


    Mar 31, 2004
    I have. They were easy to play but sounded thin in a band setting.

  17. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I voted Slinkys. I've used all three brands, and IME, the Slinkys are a little brighter than XLs, and a little lower tension than the Boomers, which fits my preferrences.

    Oh, and, FWIW, my favorite nickel roundwounds are Ken Smith Burners.
  18. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    I would start playing guitar.... You missed TI Super Alloys, Roto Sound Swing Bass (Jeeze - that's like the gran' daddy of all rounds!) and Dr Black Beauties.

    I vote Super Alloys and Black Beauties. I mean with 6 basses in the house, why the heck would I only want 1 string... dumb...
  19. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    I voted for the slinkies, but to be honest I doubt I can tell the difference between them and a set of XLs, I've used both in the past, and now I either use LaBella tapes or Slinky rounds..
  20. SGT. Pepper

    SGT. Pepper Banned

    Nov 20, 2005
    There is a theme to my question.
    1. All the strings I listed are nickel rounds.
    2. All the strings I listed are what you would call your basic, all purpose, meat and potatoes string.
    3. All the strings I listed cost about the same price.

    The question was if these were the ONLY BRANDS in stores which would you pick?
    I intended to not include ROTOSOUNDS, TI's, and Black Beauties! :scowl: :spit: