help me decide which strings to switch to

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by xcental34x, Aug 29, 2004.

  1. xcental34x


    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    I've used both Ernie Balls and DRs in the past. I switched from Ernie Balls after I found they died too soon. I then started using DRs, which I found to be alittle duller nad less punchy. Then when I had my first DRs die, I realized they just suddenly die. Not gradually. Like they just jump off a cliff, and they don't last as long as I'd like. So can anyone reccomend a string that has the brightness and punch of Ernie Balls, and a longer life than both EB and DR?

  2. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    Ever try Thomastik-Infeld Powerbass strings??
  3. xshawnxearthx


    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    dude. two words
    elixir polyweb
  4. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003

    Recently test driving strings,
    After T.I. JF's, DR HiBeams, GHS boomers, Warwick Black Labels,

    TI JF:
    Roundcore, Pure Nickel flatwound.
    Loose strings = high action.
    Not a Balanced set; 'A' String has less tension then the others.
    Nevertheless --- the Best flats.

    DR HiBeams:
    Roundcore, Compression wound, Steel
    Nice medium tension.
    Very Balanced set.
    Lot's Boom and 'Zing;' (wide freq. range.)
    Best Steel roundwound IMO.
    Too much finger noise for me.
    ---a great rock/funk string.

    GHS Boomers:
    I don't know about these.
    They went dead so fast, didn't have a chance to test much.

    Warwick Black Label:
    Roundcore, roundwound Steel
    Medium tension.
    Balanced set.
    Balanced tone.
    A good all around workhorse string.

    Dean Markley Ground Roundwounds:

    I eventually rediscovered the strings
    I had taken off 2 years ago when I began my 'String Taste Test.'

    Elixir Polywebs:

    Hex Core, Nickel Plated Steel Roundwounds
    with the original Polyweb coating.
    Medium/Tight tension (Hex cores generally have more tension then round cores)
    Feels more like a flatwound string, which is a good thing.
    Zero finger noise.
    May not have 'Zing' but does have plenty of snap for slap.
    Superb fingerstyle string.

    I wouldn't recommend any coated string for pick/plectrum playing.

    The ol' Polywebs must not of been on long 'cause they were still fresh.

    A quick spray of 'Finger Ease' and they became Teflon.
    Super fast.

    For some reason, and YMMV, Polywebs have put the smile back on my face.

  5. xshawnxearthx


    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    ive tried lots of different strings.

    dr, eb, ghs, daddario, blue steel, Dean Markley, fender and you know what, i always go back to the elixir polyweb.

    yes, they arent for pic use, but i still do. i still get weeks instead of days out of it, so its worth it to me. they need to make a coated string that wont break away when useing a pic.

    also, no other coated strings are as good.
  6. BassFiddle63


    Oct 4, 2002
    Not to change the subject but.... Anybody ever tried D'Addario EXP Coated strings? I've been thinking about giving them a whirl....

    - How is the tension compared to Poly-Web's?
    - Are they brighter or warmer than Poly-Web's?
    - Smooth feel?

    I tried the Elixir Poly-Web's once and really liked the tone and feel but seemed a little bit tighter tension than I prefer.
  7. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    Try some Fodora strings.