I bought a Stingray; what strings should I try?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by JazzyJacuzzi, Nov 29, 2021.

  1. JazzyJacuzzi

    JazzyJacuzzi Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2021
    I purchased a four-string Stingray Special HH this morning and I was wondering what strings to try.

    I've spent the last decade playing passive Fenders, so I've no idea where to start on such an instrument. My favourite strings on Precisions were La Bella's Deep Talkin' 760FL. I never found anything I absolutely loved on Jazzes, but I was playing DR Sunbeams recently. I did play TI Jazz Flatwounds for a while on both basses. I loved the tension, but preferred the thumpy La Bellas for the Precision and wanted roundwounds for the Jazz.

    I don't have a tone in mind. I'm open to anything, but FWIW, I play pop, dance and rock with my band and I'm learning jazz at home. Something not too trebly, maybe? I do like the tone Joe Dart is getting with his signature Stringray strung with Slinky Flatwounds. I think I'd like to go for roundwounds since the Stingray will be only bass, maybe flatwounds?

    What are you using with your Stingray?
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  2. Morrighan

    Morrighan La Contessa Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    Isle of Everywhere
    Using GHS Brite Flats


    and very happy with them :thumbsup:
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  3. Tanner5382


    Sep 26, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    In my MusicMan playing days, I liked DR Hi-Beams and D'Addario XL Nickels the best.
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  4. matti777


    Dec 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Canada
    I'm confused...did you want round or flats? If it was mine I would start with a nickel round wounds like D'Addario XLs.
  5. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
  6. JazzyJacuzzi

    JazzyJacuzzi Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2021
    Opened to either, but I think rounds would be a wiser choice since it'll be my only bass.
  7. matti777


    Dec 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Canada
    If this is like any other thread you should get a flurry of various recommendations :) I also like Labella
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  8. Dan_reeves


    Jun 14, 2013
    Labella 760FLs and DR Sunbeams are my two favs! I have the Labella’s on my Stingray currently and they sound great. The Sunbeams honestly sound good too, so it’s more what general tone you are looking for but I like both. Currently my mood is a lot of pick playing, and the DTFs, Ray and pick are a great sound. Good luck!

    PS - I have also found EB Slinkies to sound good on Rays as well, but haven’t played them in a while.
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  9. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    For years I strung two Rays with D’Aquisto nickel rounds. When D’Aquisto went bust I switched to D’Addario XLs after trying several other options. I think they’re a good all-around string.
  10. Wood and Wire

    Wood and Wire

    Jul 15, 2017
    I always think that StingRays sound great with the Super Slinkys they're born wearing.

    That said, I always end up with Rotosound 66's on everything.
  11. mrjim123

    mrjim123 Supporting Member

    May 17, 2008
    +1. What you're gonna get is a list of everyone's favorites, which will have very little correlation to what YOU want to hear. So, I won't even bother to list mine.
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  12. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Some EB forum bassist prefer DR Lo rider nickel.

    If you are a aggressive pick player, try EB Cobalt flat 50-105 .
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  13. TI Super Alloys will sound very nice.
  14. Black Out Jazz

    Black Out Jazz Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2021
    location is overrated
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  15. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    DR Hi Beams. Make your Ray sound like a Ray.

    = happiness.

    Edit to say I went through many years changing the strings on mine about weekly. I’ve tried too many to count. And DR Hi Beams are the winner for me. I am a firm believer that you will be stricken from the book of life if you put flats on a Ray. But I am also a firm believer that strings are a personal choice.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2021
  16. Black Out Jazz

    Black Out Jazz Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2021
    location is overrated
    I swapped my swing bass strings for Roto Nexus blacks purely for looks and am pleasantly surprised by them. Like a 66 but less raspy. I kept the 66s.
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  17. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    My top 3 string choices on my Stingray are:
    1) DR Nickel Lo Riders
    2) D’Addario Chrome Flats
    3) GHS Pressurewounds

    Honorable Mention goes to DR Stainless Steel Lo Riders. They sound fantastic on a Stingray, but that’s not a sound I need for what I play right now.
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  18. JazzyJacuzzi

    JazzyJacuzzi Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2021
    Are you saying you like La Bellas on Stingrays or just in general? I loved them on my Precisions, but I remember them sounding hollow (as in mid-scoop) on my Jazzes. I suppose, though, the Stingray is a mid-forward bass and it has a mid control.

    Have you tried the Sunbeams as well?
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  19. bassist4dalord

    bassist4dalord Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    SW Missouri
    I just got my first StingRay (SBMM Ray5) and I started with my favorite rounds- DR Pure Blues. I liked the first set so much I stocked up with two more sets during Fretnation’s Black Friday deal. I’m set for a long time!

    Low tension, smooth, broken-in feel with the sound of near-new SS rounds. Very happy with them.
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