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Different string brands on bass?

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

  1. 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.

  2. fokof

    fokof One day ,I'll be in the future

    Mar 16, 2007
    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
    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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