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High tension bright flats? Mellow round wounds?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by gbazinet, Aug 15, 2012.


  1. gbazinet

    gbazinet

    Aug 11, 2010
    Maine
    My old pbass has a bit of a back bow so i'm looking for some strings with higher tension to pull the neck back. I've been playing chromes and enjoy the feel but don't know if i am completely sold on flat wounds. Does anyone make a mellow high tension round wound? Or should i try another brighter high tension flat wound?

    The bass is a 72 fender p bass with a maple neck and fb that tends to sound bright with D'Addario rounds. I'm playing a lot of rock/garage and even some punk stuff with the bass.
     
  2. prd004

    prd004

    Dec 3, 2010
    Why don't you choose strings according to sound/feel and have the bass set up.
     
  3. gbazinet

    gbazinet

    Aug 11, 2010
    Maine
    The truss rod can't be adjusted anymore to change the bow. I did bring it to a tech for a set up and he suggested higher tensions strings. I don't know what is available so I thought i'd ask here.
     
  4. J-O

    J-O

    Jun 27, 2010
    Rotosound 77's would fit the bill perfectly. Bright, high tension, and sound great on an old P Bass.
     
  5. gbazinet

    gbazinet

    Aug 11, 2010
    Maine
    Thanks J-O. I'll research them.
     
  6. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    There is a company that makes a set of strings called "Brite Flats" and they have a pretty high tension version as well. They are pretty mellow and not super bright like a round, but not as dead as flats...

    What round wounds do you like to play? most likely they are available in a higher tension...
     
  7. gbazinet

    gbazinet

    Aug 11, 2010
    Maine
    Nickle wound DAddario XL's have been going on my jazz bass but to my ears that bass sounds good with just about any strings. The p bass in question has chromes.
     
  8. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I love these things!
     
  9. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com

    D'Addario XL's are available in a WIDE variety of gauges... I suggest sticking with what you like in a higher gauge...

    All of these will work on your jazz:

    EXL180 - Long Scale 35-095: .035 .055 .075 .095
    EXL220 - Long Scale 40-95: 040 .060 .075 .095
    EXL190 - Long Scale 40-100: .040 .060 .080 .100
    EXL170 - Long Scale 45-100: .045 .065 .080 .100
    EXL165 - Long Scale 45-105: .045 .065 .085 .105
    EXL160 - Long Scale 50-105: .050 .070 .085 .105
    EXL230 - Long Scale 55-110: .055 .075 .090 .110

    Go for the EXL230 55-110 set... If that doesn't do it for you, build a custom set using .060 .080 .100 .120

    (most likely what you have on there now is EXL170 45-100 or EXL165 45-105 (their most common sets sold).
     

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