Cheap Bass Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Lowner, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. Lowner


    May 14, 2005
    Over Here
    We all know that bass strings are pretty expensive. Is there some place on the net that has them cheaper than what a guitar may sell them for?
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Not that I've ever seen.
  3. dave120


    Jun 27, 2005
    Central Florida
    The cheapest bass strings I've seen are Hartke ones for about $10. I think Musician's Friend brand also has some for that price too. They might be cheaper than some guitar strings, but still twice as expensive as the majority.
  4. cheezewiz


    Mar 27, 2002
    Unfortunately, the Hartke strings sound almost as bad as Hartke amps.
  5. Gecko 5

    Gecko 5 Supporting Member

    I tried the Carvin stainless steel , and liked them .
    I think a 5 string set was $12-13 plus shipping .
  6. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Look for the D'Addario "Environmental" XL packs, which I believe are two sets of strings on one package. The XL's are pretty good sounding strings, and are pretty cheap to boot. Look them up on and see if buying them and having them shipped is cheaper than what you can find locally.

    Also, if you want to go _really_ cheap, you can buy bulk strings from the same website, in packages of six. Then you can pick your specific gauges and make the sets you want. I didn't run the numbers, but you can probably make some pretty substantial savings that way. Check it out.
  7. bassontherun


    Jul 9, 2005
    +1 on the Musician's Friend roundwounds. Under $10 and sound surprisingly good for the dough. I also keep an eye on the MF site for their sale stuff. Got my Fender tapewounds for $16. Lots of "under $20" choices there.
  8. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Yowza! $10 for a pair of strings, free shipping? Where have these guys been all my life?!

    I think you just saved me a bunch of money. :cool:
  9. Carvin sells 5 string sets in nickel and steel at $12.99 a set. They are manufactured by D'Addario. The four string set's are cheaper. At that price you can always keep a fresh set on your axe. The best deal I know of and every now and then they actually go on sale. They're the only thing I ever buy at Carvin.
  10. Sippy


    Aug 1, 2005
    what to you guys consider expensive? I get some nice Fender strings for about $16 and I love them.. Once they've been played for a week or two... I don't know if they do, but when I played guitar Elixers were the Shiznit (I think thats how you spell it.. perhaps shiznik?) anyway.. so if Elixer makes bass strings it's worth the extra dough!
  11. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Hmmm... I notice they have flatwounds now. Last time I checked, they didn't.

    And speaking of flatwounds, Lowner, flats cost more, but if you like the sound they last longer.
  12. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I used to whine about the high price of electric bass strings. Then I bought an upright. The gut strings on my upright are $160 and that's the cheapest gut set available. I don't complain about electric bass string prices anymore.
  13. WesW

    WesW <>< Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2002
    St Joe Beach, FL
  14. If anyone has bought from the site, and have tried the 5 string nickel or ss rounds, can you please tell me how you liked them, and if you had any complaints. Any brief description of how you thought they sounded compared to other strings would be great. I know the best thing to do is to try them for myself, but I was just wondering. :ninja:
  15. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    What are Warwick Red Label strings like? They can be had pretty cheap -- over here, that is. 15 EUR for a 5 string set with a nice fat B string.
  16. Expensive is calculated in different ways:

    1) Replacing $10 strings every 3 months
    2) Replacing $50 strings every 5 years

    Do the math.

    I have been gigging a set of TI Jazz Flats on my MIM-P since 2000. I think I paid $43 to Dude (the importer) at that time. I broke a G string early on, and Dude sent me a replacment free of charge. Hard to beat that kind of customer service.

    My TI Flats are neither dead, nor worn out. I will remove them from my P and install on my J-fretless because I want something different on the P.
  17. This doesn't work for everyone. My sweat is very acidic and rot's a set of strings after about 4 gig's (a gig being a night of 4 to 5, 45 minute sets). Must be all the chili's I eat :)
    I've tried all the tricks but the only solution for me is to replace them often. I also dig in so the combo of my sweat and digging in just kills the strings. If I don't change them after 4 shows I run the risk of breaking one. I also prefer the sound of new strings to old ones, they tend to be more dynamic IMHO. So for me a $50.00 set of strings is just not in the equation.
  18. on i got dirt cheap no-name strings for £4.99, and it does the trick for the cheap bastard i am :)
  19. Asaf


    Jun 9, 2003
    :D oh man...i like the way you think.
    i buy from Rotosound Rotobass and they cost like 14$ a set...which is cool for a cheap bastard that wants some quality.
    but because im cheap i really want to try the Vinci which sell for 10$ and the Webstrings...
    ...i like being a cheap bastard :D

    BTW how would you describe the webstrings and\or vinci strings in sound ?

    SMASH ! i got the pickguard and got it to fit my bass and it looks nice...very nice quality for the price.
  20. Don't slam me but... Encore strings are pretty good for a fiver a set, my mate gave me some old ones he'd bought to test a bass that ended up on his shed door (he's a bloody nutter - found out recently if was a vintage fender, grr!!! Not worth having now its been on there for 5 years...)

    anyway yeah... - used em fo 2 years till one of them kinked, if anything they sounded as good or BETTER EVEN than my current Rotosounds