Finally a sound I like. But hate the tension.

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Drop1, Apr 21, 2019.


  1. Drop1

    Drop1

    Mar 28, 2019
    I've been through 9 sets of strings in 2 weeks.

    I learned a lot. I HATE the feel of stainless. If someone makes a polished stainless string id like to know.

    My top choices would be elixers, fatbeams and pure blues with the ultimate winner being boomers.

    The boomers have almost everything I want in sound but the tension is painful.

    .

    I have tried
    d addys xl,
    nyxl
    Elixers
    Pure blues
    Fat beams
    Cobalts
    Dunlop MMs
    Hi beams
    Boomers



    What's the closest to boomer sound, with something like pure blues tension ? That would be my ideal string.
     
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  2. FirewalZ

    FirewalZ

    Aug 14, 2014
    S.E. Michigan
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2019
  3. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    That's quite a quest to fulfill in 2 weeks! The variable I'm wondering about is did you put a few hours on each set to cover the break in period?
     
  4. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    :)

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  5. Drop1

    Drop1

    Mar 28, 2019
    I did a lot of stretching and reseating. I'm not one to go months without string changes. I may go a week or 2 at most. Their new sound is the most important for me.
     
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  6. fretter

    fretter

    May 24, 2012
    PA
    I wouldn't know. I haven't changed the strings on the bass in my avatar in 25 years. My other two basses have the strings on them that the sellers put on them.
     
  7. FRoss6788

    FRoss6788 Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2012
    Santa Cruz Mountains
    I agree with the above...
    I don't think a strings character can be assessed right out of the package.
    I've found that, whether flats or rounds, strings need a couple of weeks to break in, both in tone and tension.
     
  8. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Ahh gotcha. I sometimes really like the new string zing, but lately I'm anxious to let em settle in after a few days and change every 3-4 months. I'm on my 4th or 5th set in a row of these > 20190421_182043.jpg

    Things are tense around here :cautious:
     
  9. FRoss6788

    FRoss6788 Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2012
    Santa Cruz Mountains
    If that's the case I hope you have deep pockets...;)
     
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  10. Drop1

    Drop1

    Mar 28, 2019
    I tried the medium cobalts. They didn't sound bad but they have that sand paper feel I dislike.
     
  11. FRoss6788

    FRoss6788 Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2012
    Santa Cruz Mountains
    Cobalts keep that new string zing for quite a while, at least with my chemistry...:thumbsup:
     
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  12. Which set have you tried?

    The Boomer light set, 40-55-75-95, is one of the best balanced overall.
     
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  13. micguy

    micguy

    May 17, 2011
    Boomers are available in lots of gauges. If you find them as singles, 35-50-70-95 is a decently balanced set that will be lower in tension.
     
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  14. Drop1

    Drop1

    Mar 28, 2019
    I'm using the 45-100 set. I'll check out a lighter set next week.
     
  15. If you like everything about the Boomers except the stiffness, then try the lighter set.
     
  16. Drop1

    Drop1

    Mar 28, 2019
    I do have a question about the boomers.

    The a,d and g have a very zingy sound. The e doesnt have this at all. I thought I read that the e was made a little differently. It's possible I have a dead string. It has none of the high end shine. It has plenty of sustain so I'm assuming it's not dead but it does sound very different from the higher strings.
     
  17. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I hope you didn't get knock-off Elixer strings, the brand is Elixir:

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  18. Tim Skaggs

    Tim Skaggs

    Sep 28, 2002
    D'Addario XL Chromes; Wound with flattened stainless steel ribbon wire, then polished to unparalleled smoothness,
     
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  19. My thoughts exactly.
     
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  20. They should balance out once the initial zing wears off. The true character of the Boomers won't come out till the zing goes away. All you need to do is to play them in real good.
     
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