Hard playing style...plus harmonics

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Sir Sly Ry, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. Sir Sly Ry

    Sir Sly Ry

    May 21, 2013
    So I tend to play kind of hard. Sometimes it's just what I do...other times it's part of the tune. I play with passion, baby. And I'm playing more and more with harmonics, so that's important to me.

    Based on that, can anyone recommend some strings? As well as gauges?

    edit: I'm not *always* playing that hard, but I want something that will suit my style when I do. I do a little bit of slapping as well.

    super edit: And I have my mids turned up on my EQ. I guess I like a good amount of midrange.
  2. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Steel rounds.
  3. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I use flats and my harmonics ring out almost as well as they do with rounds, I'm pretty positive that you can use any strings and get good harmonics with the right technique and amplification. If you want them to REALLY pop out, try some fresh Roto 66s with overdrive and compression ala Billy Sheehan.
  4. Sir Sly Ry

    Sir Sly Ry

    May 21, 2013
    Oops...just ordered some nickel plated round core. I decided to give Fodera a try. We'll see what happens!
  5. Recommended: Hex-core SS rounds.

    Hex-core would bring out more harmonics and, due to its naturally stiffer nature (vs. round-core), allow you to "dig in" a little more.

    DR SS LoRider, 45-65-85-105, may be a good place to start.
  6. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    I'll 2nd the hex core roundwounds vote. When Ive used round core (DR) they didnt have as strong a harmonic content as hex core strings.
  7. Sir Sly Ry

    Sir Sly Ry

    May 21, 2013
    That surprises me, I saw a bunch of other people say roundcore is better for harmonics, so I decided to give them a try. Maybe I'll try the Lo Riders next.
  8. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I have a heavy right hand, and I light stiff strings. Hex core rounds sound like what you're after.
  9. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Allentown, PA!
    I played in a hard downstroke style for one band and kept breaking strings until I went with a light set, which had greater give hence less breakage. Counterintuitive but makes sense and a valuable lesson.