Clear, piano like tone

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ladros2, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. ladros2


    Jun 2, 2005
    I'm looking for strings with a lively, bright, piano like tone, but that still have enough bottom end. I don't have the money to try them all out, plus the fact that they're nearly twice the price here. I was looking at stainless steel strings, but don't know the differences between brands, any advice?
  2. MCT


    Apr 11, 2005
    I've always noticed that the DR highbeams give me the most clarity. I also noticed that if you slap and pop'em they give out a nice piano plucking sound.
  3. Jimmy P.

    Jimmy P.

    Apr 5, 2005
    Tokyo, Japan
    I am using Rotosound RB50 and find them to sound as you have described. They are heavy gauge (50 ~ 110) and nickel plated, and have a good feel. They are also very reasonably priced; I paid approx. US$13.
  4. spc


    Apr 10, 2004
    South of Boston
    My own experience has been that stainless steel rounds give me the pianoish ring. I've given up on nickel strings...
  5. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner at Mo's Shop - Tech at Nordstrand Supporting Member

    May 25, 2003
    Studio City+Redlands, CA
    Endorsing artist: Nordstrand - Genzler Amplification - Sadowsky - Dunlops Strings - DR Strings
    Labella Supersteps, AJ Fodera custom (I think they're called open core? I'm not sure), DM SR2000, GHS contact core.
    Usually taper or exposed/contact core. It's also the way piano strings are manufactured.

  6. Hounddog


    Dec 2, 2004
    Southern, Illinois
    Sadowsky Featured Artist
    DR. Highbeams are awesome if thats the tone you are after.
  7. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    D'addario ProSteels. You simply don't get that high-end "chime" from nickels.
  8. Fo' Shizzle

    Fo' Shizzle

    Aug 28, 2003
  9. DavePlaysBass


    Mar 31, 2004
    Pro Steels get my vote.

  10. psi


    Mar 11, 2005
    New Jersey
    Changing strings might get you a little closer to a piano-like sound, but I think what you're really after is a graphite neck.