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Different string brands on bass?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by jdoe83fr, May 18, 2011.


  1. jdoe83fr

    jdoe83fr

    May 18, 2011
    Hi, I'm new here.:)

    Sorry if this question has already been asked, I made a search but couldn't find...

    Anyway, I bought my new fender 50s p bass (yay!!:D) on saturday and, as I've heard that flats strings are great on p bass, I have decided to buy a set (I bought the Fender stainless flatwound long scale).

    I haven't change strings on an instrument for ages, but I guessed it was like riding a bike. Apparently not as I broke the E string, but fortunately I was able to put the old E string back as I remembered how to put a string correctly, after I broke the new one of course....:mad:
    I've been looking everywhere and they don't sell single fender flatwound string. But i've seen that Ernie ball was selling single ones.

    So I was wondering if it was ok to put different brands on my bass. If not, I'll have to buy a new set again.

    Thanks.
     
  2. fokof

    fokof One day ,I'll be in the future

    Mar 16, 2007
    Here
    It's gonna sound a little different from the other strings.
    But not as bad as regular round wound strings would.
     
  3. john grey

    john grey

    Apr 19, 2011
    Oracle, Arizona
    +1
    If you stayed within the scale size of that set you stand a better chance of it not being really noticed at all. Especially with (true) flats - not ground wounds, etc. because once flats get stretched and tuned solid they stay that way; maintaining that "flat string tone" for years and years.
    If you notice some significant physical difference or if the manufacturing element (the "ground-wound" issue, etc) was decidedly different, then I would buy a new set, etc.
     
  4. It's OK - won't hurt a thing. Will just sound a bit different.
     
  5. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    On the few occasions where I've snapped a string, I've mixed brands - no one notices, no one cares and it CERTAINLY doesn't hurt the instrument.

    Oddly, I broke more flats (back when was first playing) than rounds - Looking back, I'd guess it's because I didn't know how to play... but one never knows.
     

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