Going to be a Stainless convert soon.

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Luis Fabara, Nov 18, 2001.

  1. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Hello to all.
    Today I replaced the stainless warwick strings that came on my LX 6 String bass, with a set of Ernie Ball Nickel strings.

    I couldnt believe the difference in feel, sustain, agressiveness and definition!

    The Warwick strings sounded a lot better and clearer. The only thing I didnt like was the rough feeling, but in trade of tone, I believe I prefeer tone over feeling.

    I dont know if going straight ahead and order some Warwick strings from Dana. B Goods or some other stainless.

    What can you recommend to have that piano ringing tone again? I really dont like those Nickel strings anymore.
  2. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Oh.. I forgot to say.
    What about Fodera´s Stainless vs Dean Markley SR2000´s vs Warwick Black Label?
  3. I vote for the Fedoras. If your looking for the portable piano sound. But you get to pay the price to. EXPENSIVE, but even on my Korean Toby they get close
  4. I'm not sure if they'd be considered piano-like...but Rotosound stainless strings (the 66's) are great. Very bright and they last for about 3x what nickel strings did for me.
  5. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    anyone out there try EB steels? I'm thinking of those for my stingray... i hate spending money on something i'm not sure i like... but i guess you gota take a chance...
  6. seamus


    Feb 8, 2001
    Yeah, I never could get into nickel strings since I first started playing. I love that shimmering piano tone you get on some basses with stainless. They have a definition and clarity that I totally miss with nickel strings. Nickel sounds dead to me by comparison.

    I like stainless DR Lo Riders the best, with Roto 66's coming in at a close second. The 66's were my favorite until I tried the Lo Riders. I still like them, but I found the Lo Riders are more comfortable and suitable for just about any bass whereas I like the Rotos on only certain basses now.

    I've tried the SR-2000's too, those are nice as well.
  7. rsautrey

    rsautrey Inactive

    Jul 27, 2000
    I like stainless steel better than nickel/nickelplated too. My favorite is DR Lo-Riders. I used to use Rotosound Swingbass 66 but quality seemed to be going downhill. Dean Markley SR2000 are good too but contrary to what most people say, I can't get them to intonate as well as conventional strings. My Lo-Riders are accurate all the way up. The SR2000 sounded pretty bad intonation wise from about the tenth fret up mainly on the E and A. There's arguments from string manufacturers about this too. Anyone else have a similar experience?
  8. rsautrey

    rsautrey Inactive

    Jul 27, 2000
    I need to clarify one thing about my last post. The SR2000 intonated well according to the tuner, but my ears kept hearing weird overtones that made the strings sound sharp. The Lo-Riders intonated well with the tuner and sound pleasant to the ear.