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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by GrooveMonkey, Jul 12, 2004.
What type of strings do you use on your P-Bass and what type of music do you play with them?
Right now I have nickel plated steel on my fretless P. They used to be pretty bright, but I had them for a month on my Fender so the sparkle is gone and the nickel thump really shines through.
I got TI jazz flats on my P-bass right now. Loving them except the E is too zingy compared to the other strings and somewhat lacking in low end. I'm starting to think Steve at Dudepit.com maybe had a bad batch of E's as my current one is a replacement. The E that came with the set had zero low end and twanged like banjo.
The other strings sound beautiful. I love the low tension.
I have Fender flats on my P-clone, medium gauge. I love the thump!
I have 3 month old DR fatbeams on mine. Sure they are steel, but they are dead and give me that growl and thump that put fender on the map.
I really like the SS roundwounds the best. I had nickle strings one time, and they went dead in only a week. When they went dead they really went dead, too. They sounded terrible. (sorry, not trying to cause a controversy, just my personal opinion)
Right now I'm using Elixir monoweb roundwound strings, and even after two weeks of vigorous playing they still sound brand-new.
EDIT: Vigorous slapping, to be more specific.
Flats on both of mine.
TI Jazz flats, and I play classic/modern rock, stuff anywhere from REO Speedwagon to 3 Doors Down.
I use Rotosound Jazz Flatwounds RS 77LD on my 1979 Fender P-bass. I love the feel and the brightness of the strings. The music I play is mostly old classic (is that redunant?) heavy metal. Hope this helps.
LaBella Deep Talkin' Flats.
I voted *other* because I use coated strings. Black Diamond nickel roundwound coated strings. I play mainly punk and metal but I also play classic rock and blues at times.
I love the tone and they last a long time. They don't go dull quickly like normal nickel strings.
Maxima Chromes, BRIGHTNESS BABY!
both my P basses are alder body with maple neck. both have d'addario slowound. i play rock covers.
i will put some flats on one of these soon.
Usually nickle, if I can. I'm not a huge fan of stainless steel, as they tend to stay brighter longer. I'm a fan of the point in time when strings are no longer new, but just before they die . Depending on your definition of "dead," usually about 3 weeks to a month after they're installed.
Nickles usually get there a bit faster, about 2 weeks, give or take.
I've used all varieties listed above, but my favorite is stainless roundwound so that's how I voted.
Flats are definitely cool, especially on a P-bass... but they're limiting. What I mean is, it's not difficult to get a flatwound-like tone from rounds, but it's practically impossible to get roundwound tone from flats.