Dunlop Super Brights drop D?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by mouthmw, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    I'm planning on getting a 45-105 sb dunlop nickels for my jazz. Currently I have EB Super Slinky 45-100 on it. My bass is in standard tuning but we have a song or two where we tune to drop D. Super Slinkies aren't the best for drop D but it's fine for these rare occasions.
    How do Super brights work in drop D tuning considering they're lower tension\slinkier?
  2. HarveySpaceBass


    Sep 24, 2007
    I have a Hipshot detuner on both my Music Man Sterling and one of my Fender Jazz basses. Both basses have the Super Bright Stainless Steel. My action is somewhat low (2mm @ 17th fret) and IMO it works just fine. I think it all depends on your setup and personal preference as far as fret buzz as there probably will be a bit. But, I don't think there will be much of a difference between the Slinkys and the Dunlops. Like you said, "fine for these rare occasions".
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  3. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    Alrighty, I just ordered a pack. Been really wondering how they'd compare to Sunbeams, which I'm also curious about again (haven't played them in years, but I know I used to love them). Something about those flexible lower tension strings is starting to draw me in.
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  4. MObasshead

    MObasshead Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2012
    How’d they turn out? What do you think? I myself am contemplating super brights for drop D.
  5. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    Oh boy, several things changed since then. I tried them on my Music Man SUB (USA) actually, before I made this thread (at least a year before), so I was trying to remember why I made this thread. I was probably curious about the drop D thing in particular, since I haven't used the Super Brights that much.

    Anyways, I tried them on the Flea sig jazz that I owned back then, and I also tested Sunbeams again (45-105). They both feel similar (Super Brights were a tad more loose), and sound good, but they're too floppy for me. I tried a set of Sunbeams and Pure Blues on an American Pro Jazz though, this time stringing through the body and that tightens up the feel for me, considerably. I could use these strings when going through the body, but I much prefer stringing through the bridge, so I ended up using super slinkies through the bridge anyways. I don't have the pro jazz anymore (every time I give a J bass a shot, I realize it's not really my jam so I always go back to Ps and Rays).

    So, on my P bass, I'm still using La Bella flats 760FS, half a step down tuning. On my Stingray, I'm still using Super Slinkies. Super Slinkies have the perfect amount of tension to me, they feel the best to me, and they last a long time for me (especially true for Stingray basses). Again, to answer your question - feel is very subjective and depends on what you want out of it, depends on your action and how you play. I would definitely recommend you to try a set of Super Brights, unless you need your strings to feel taut. They're not expensive, and you might end up liking them. If you want a soft, pliable, flexible string that sounds really nice - give em a shot.
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