Fullest sounding high C

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by embellisher, Oct 23, 2003.

  1. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I love the brightness of Dean Markley SR2000's, but I want a thicker sound from my high C.

    So, you experienced 6 and tenor bass guys, what strings will give me a really bright sound, but at the same time, a really full, thick sounding C string?
  2. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    I've been pleased with the results I get from D'Addario SloWounds. I think their C is an .032, which is a hair bigger than the industry standard of .030.

    I always heard them as less bright than a stainless roundwound, though. The regular nickel XL series C strings are a little more zingy than SWs, but not as much as stainless.
  3. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I'm not playing a six now, but when I had my Peavey Axcelerator 6, LaBella Hard-Rockin' Steels were the best strings I tried. The C was pretty thick-sounding (for a C string).
  4. redneck2wild


    Nov 27, 2002
    Memphis, TN
    Which set of Dean Markley's are you using?

    The Medium gage has a good thick C string - I think it is .35 !
    The Tension on the C in the Medium gage is quite a bit higher than the Will Lee gage.

    In general, a thicker string from the same product line (from the same manufacturer) tends to sound thicker - but it also has more tension.
  5. PhilMan99


    Jul 18, 2003
    US, Maryland
    Probably not what you're looking for, but:
    * TI Jazz Flats (6-string 34") seem nicely balanced (I don't like the "piano" sound of round-wounds)

    * No matter the strings, maybe (er, like me) you like to crank-up the low-eq. That will make the higher notes too quiet/dead. Especially noticable on a 6-stringer. Try a more flat EQ (or boost the mids to match the lows).

    * Get a (good!) compressor. I use a cheapo DigiTech "Bass Squeeze" for my rather humble "career", but it really helps. With a compressor you can have your cake (low EQ) and eat it too (smooth-out volume/tone levels). If (unlike me) you use a lot of special techniques to emphasize some notes, you'd need a good compressor (~$200+).
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