flexible Round Wound Nickel recommendation?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Jim Carr, May 21, 2012.


  1. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    I am looking for a set of light or medium light round wound bass strings with a round core wire. Any suggestions? 4-string and not DR.
     
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  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
  3. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie

    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    Fodera definitely.

    Edit: damn auto correct.
     
  4. invalidprotocol

    invalidprotocol

    Dec 11, 2008
    DFW
    Since I can't recommend DR Sunbeams, you might try Dunlop. They're not round core but are flexible and have lower tension. As far as feel I am comfortable on either of these interchangeably. I just like the DR sound and life better.
     
  5. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya

    Dec 28, 2007
    I agree with what's been stated.

    Dunlop: hex core but more flexible than most.
    TI Jazz Rounds: Super flexible and almost floppy IME.
    Fodera: Round core and made similar to DR from what I'm told.

    Email Jason at http://www.bassstringsonline.com

    He has all the previous mentioned sets and may have more suggestions. Register as a VIP for additional savings as well as their points program.
     
  6. precijazz

    precijazz I want a name when I lose.

    Aug 31, 2011
    Almanya
    Ernie Ball Super Slinkies.
     
  7. MarkusBass

    MarkusBass

    Feb 24, 2008
    California Coast
    Graphic Designer: Lakland
    Loves me some Dunlops!
     
  8. funkytoe

    funkytoe In Memoriam

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    For nickel round cores, I still like the old Fender 8250's. Get the old ones with the silver wraps if you can find them. Tapered E string. - flexible - great sounding string.
     
  9. Smurf_Byte

    Smurf_Byte

    Aug 21, 2011
    Connecticut
    Dean Markley makes round cores too.
     
  10. darkstorm

    darkstorm

    Oct 13, 2009
    Dean Markley blue steel. Dunno if they are roundcore, but their 45-105 gauge strings are lighter tension then dr sunbeams and neons of same gauge.
     
  11. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    They are not round core, and the set I just took off my Warwick were WAY stiffer than Sunbeams.
     
  12. Lo-E

    Lo-E

    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    That hasn't been my experience.
     
  13. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    But Jim; I want to say Sunbeams
     
  14. chadds

    chadds

    Mar 18, 2000
    Me too. A very musical and long lasting string.
     
  15. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Too bright. Nice, yeah, but for nickel-plated—just too bright for me. Also, I am pretty over it with DR. The problems with lo-riders have left a mark.
     
  16. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Maybe I need to go home to Fenders and Sadowskys???

    I am trying to find the perfect rounds for my Jazz basses, both Fender Road Worns. I think my 2008 came (used) with nickel round-core round wounds—super flexible, and dark grey looking. No silks, IIRC. Now sports Lo-Riders.

    My 09 is super resonant, and has 7250 ML nickel-plated SS Fenders. They sound quite good.
     
  17. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    I'll vote for Pyramid nickel roundwounds.
     
  18. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    How very weird. Sunbeams are the LEAST bright of any of the strings mentioned here. Sadowsky strings are much brighter...trust me. I've got Sadowsky's on my 5501 now, which replaced Sunbeams...because they were way to mellow. I also tried Nickel LoRiders...WAAAY brighter, but I like the stiffness of the Sadowsky's on this bass. You sure you had Sunbeams?
     
  19. Lo-E

    Lo-E

    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Yeah, I'm pretty surprised by that, too. I found Sunbeams to be very warm-sounding with only a little top-end zing when they were new.

    TI are certainly another option worth trying if you're really down on DR.
     
  20. ixlramp

    ixlramp

    Jan 25, 2005
    UK
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