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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Eric Cioe, Feb 15, 2002.
anyone have a recomendation?
Dean Markley medium or Ken Smith.
You can get the Smith's in four gauges...
"custom balanced", light, medium, and
sr2000's, gauged .135" - .107" - .078" - .055" - .035" - .030" - .027"
D'Addario also makes a Keith Roscoe Custom 7 set. What makes them different is that they're NOT tapercore. Contact Roscoe at roscoeguitars.com for info.
i'm curious. what's the rationale for this?
Dunno, JT. I'm guessing they're simply for those who don't like, for whatever reason, tapercore strings. I use 'em both, myself, depending on the bass.
umm... whaddya wanna sound like? Ya got frets? Play punk? T'row us a frickin' BONE, here, buddy...
oh. i just never heard of anybody who actually prefered tapers, all things being equal.
i mean, i know there are folks who prefer strings by manufacturers who happen to only make non-tapered strings, but i never thought that the reason they liked them was specifically because they were non-tapered.
does that make any sense (my last sentence there, i mean)?
i play a varied styles, but mostly in the prog rock and jazz fusion vien. i have a fretted GT-7, and i play fingers (tried a pick on it, for a laugh.... haha)
Yeah, I hear ya. Well, there is often a difference in feel (tension) between tapers and non-tapers. I prefer non-tapers on a Stingray 5, for instance. But I prefer tapers on my Smith 6, OTOH. Despite the obvious advantage in intonation with tapers, sometimes a bass just seems to "feel" better with non-taper strings. I remember the first time I put on a set on taper-core strings, I thought they felt sorta floppy when compared to the old non-tapers.
That D'Addario set just happens to sound really good on the Roscoe. The fact that they're not tapered may or may not have anything to do with it!
hmm, interesting. thanks
I currently have Elixirs on my fretted GT7 (and the fretless one, for that matter), and I am diggin' 'em. You have to buy a 5-string set plus a high C sold separately. Then I have a GHS Bass Boomer .020" roundwound for the high F. The high F strings are pretty cheap (like four bucks each) so I plan to change them every once in a while; the next one to get auditioned is a Ken Smith .020" nickel-plated roundwound. The thin ones seem to go dead less frequently; still not as good as the Elixirs, of course, which last forever. I did try a D'Addario XL PLAIN (unwound) .020", but that sucker actually cut my fingertip on a long slide!
All strings mentioned are available online at www.juststrings.com which IMHO can't be beat for price, speed, and service.