BrandX = BrandY?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by c-ba55, Feb 15, 2001.

  1. You always hear tales along the lines of string X is just string Y with a different color silk... or that there's only [some tiny number] of string manufacturers that sell to all the different brands. What's the deal with that? Can anyone give specifics?
  2. There are some small manufacturers that still make their own strings, but for all intensive purposes, there are a handful of very large string manufacturers that make strings for other companies under what is termed a "private label". An increasing amount of bass manufacturers are offering strings with their on label using this private label program. In most cases, the strings are not the same product, but are custom wound. For example, Lakland strings are made by GHS, but you will not find any GHS strings that are exactly like the Laklands.

    They can put any color silk on the string as specified. Companies do this for easy recognition.
  3. In the USA there are three major string manufacturers, GHS, D'Addario, and Labella. A very few boutique manufacturers do exist, but probably 95% of all strings are made by one of the big 3. Incidentally, LaBella has been making strings for hundreds of years, they started in Italy.