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Double bass souund on an electric

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Davygravy3, Nov 6, 2001.


  1. Davygravy3

    Davygravy3

    Sep 21, 2000
    How do I get that warm sound for Jazz on an electric like on the big double basses? I am thinking flatwound or nylon strings but dont know...
     
  2. Thomguy

    Thomguy

    Oct 15, 2001
    New York, USA
    Is it a Piezo pickup or magnetic? I ask because I have a great string reccomendation for a piezo that simply won't work with magnetic pickups. If you're playing with magnetic pickups I suggest you try nickel flatwounds. Since I represent a MFG, I'm not posting on what's the "best", besides there's never a shortage of opinions ;-)
     
  3. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
  4. ghost_song

    ghost_song Guest

    Nov 5, 2001
    Pennsylvania
    Maybe having a fretless bass would help.
     
  5. Davygravy3

    Davygravy3

    Sep 21, 2000
    I like my frets!!!

    How do Nylon (the black strings) do?

    I'd like it not to hurt my fingers so much :(
     
  6. StErLiNgBaSsIsT

    StErLiNgBaSsIsT Guest

    Oct 13, 2001
    NYC
    labella flatwounds are nice they dont hurt your fingers. I have them on my basses. if you like your frets, some musicmans that are fretless have inlays where the frets are. Im pretty sure other companies have the inlays too, but all i know of is the musicmans with the inlays.
     
  7. Davygravy3

    Davygravy3

    Sep 21, 2000
    Uhh wats inlays maean...???
     
  8. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    The most string-bassish electric strings I have tried are Fender 9050 flatwounds. Very warm and thumpy. I have tried LaBella flats, LaBella tapewounds (#2 in my book for the URB sound), Ernie Ball flats, D'Addario Chromes, Roto 77's and others, and while they're all fine strings, the Fenders are really close to an URB-ish sound.
     
  9. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    PDX
    I heard a guy playing some La Bella tapewounds from Carvin.com and they sounded very good, and rather double bass-like to me, but with a bit more edge. The strings were 2 years old too. If I had a bass that I exclusively used for jazz/blues I'd have those strings on it.
     
  10. A Rock

    A Rock

    Mar 18, 2001
    New Haven, CT
    the inlays he is talking about are lines where the frets would be. This way ull have a easier time placing ur fingers at the right spots on the next without having frets.