Got my Steve Harris strings today,

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Huffer777, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Huffer777

    Huffer777 Guest

    Jul 19, 2008
    Not exactly what i expected, but very good. I expected more of this infamous cloppity but they seemed like normal strings.

    But that aside, they are very good normal strings, i really like them.
  2. KeepEmThumpin

    KeepEmThumpin Guest

    Dec 21, 2008
    I started out on Harris strings. They helped a lot because I was sloppy when I started. All that tension helped me clean up my act a little. Of course, my Ibanez looked like Roman architecture after that due to its relatively thin neck, but hey, I was 14, I couldn't tell the difference. And Steve Harris was my idol, so why did it matter anyway?

    They're not bad, but I don't see them as much of anything special. They're a good in-between, I'd say. They're very bright considering their construction, but they still have a nice, round lower-midrange.
  3. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    i'm thinking most of that is technique, not gear
  4. heavyhitter


    Jan 24, 2008
    I love Steve Harris and I love his tone but the very high tension that these strings have just killed it for me, no can do.
  5. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    I've never had any with coating dude.
  6. Basstovsky

    Basstovsky Stuck on those 4-strings

    Feb 29, 2008
    I've been thinking of trying these, I always thought the tension would be too much for me, but I currently have the roto 105 guage flats on my maple neck p-bass and broken in they're pretty loose. I don't even have my truss rod that tight either.
  7. KeepEmThumpin

    KeepEmThumpin Guest

    Dec 21, 2008
    Well yeah, that's what Steve Harris himself uses. Fact of the matter is, most bases simply can't handle that kind of tension without a significant truss rod adjustment. I think that's where Steve can use them, aside from his hands, of course.
  8. Huffer777

    Huffer777 Guest

    Jul 19, 2008
    Yes a lot of the clop is his technique but i still expected just a tad.

    Its a lot of tension and i find it a lot harder to play some stuff, but pretty good intermediate strings.
  9. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    I haven't played a Steve Harris set for a long time but I don't remember any kind of coating on them.
  10. Huffer777

    Huffer777 Guest

    Jul 19, 2008
    Well its either pretty thin or something else but i can definitely feel some coating
  11. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    No coating, they are just a custom guage set of Roto flats with different silks.
  12. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    More than likley its the way they're made, they don't feel like other flats, but they have no coating at all.
  13. El-Bob


    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    Perhaps you're just not used to flats?
  14. Huffer777

    Huffer777 Guest

    Jul 19, 2008
    ive played with a couple but they were always heavily coated so yeah ill edit post.
  15. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    They don't snag like most flats IME, maybe thats why you thought of a coating.
  16. heavyhitter


    Jan 24, 2008
    Yea they are a really silky smooth string thats for sure.
  17. king_biscuit


    May 21, 2006

    Technique and really low action.
  18. He has a low action? Always imagine it'd be quite high, there doesn't seem to be much of a fret rattley sound when he plays, more of a heavy string clanking, then again they're probably so high tension that they can't really fret rattle that much anyway.
  19. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Really low action, and he plays pretty close to the bridge, almost drumming on the strings with his fingers(rather than plucking), no buzz, lotsa clack.
  20. Hamrhed


    Dec 26, 2007
    I dont really understand that, because of all the flats Ive used I didnt think the Roto's were that bad. Now as far as high tension, the Jamerson laBella's that I had on a '53 P bass were the tightest strings I ever put on a bass... and I mean tight :eek: