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If you only could have one bass, what strings would it have?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by MattZilla, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. TIJF

  2. GHSNR

  3. D'A Chromes

  4. TGIHD

  5. String salad

  6. String casserole

  7. Rudibagas

  8. Batman

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  1. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    Kind of a riff on the other beaten thread, but also kind of serious.

    Regardless of what one and only one bass you'd pick, could/would you stick to one flavor of strings?

    Having less than three basses stinks because, while most of the time I'm a happy camper with some EB/GHS/Fender nickel rounds (whatever the non-GC B&M has in stock when the time arises), sometimes I want that fresh set of Roto 66s sound, and other times I have a dire thirst for some flats that the tone knob and a piece of foam just cannot slake.

    Someday I'm going to get another J bass (or a Big Al 3?) and try it with a Roto PSD for the E, a Fender nickel round A, a Chromes D, and a Fender flat G. Maybe I'll play it more than ten times. I'd probably also try it the other way around as well.

    It would be cool to have all of the bass sounds I ever want in one bass and also have each string truly have its own distinguished voice.
  2. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK, Line6?
    DR Lo-Riders for my 5s and DR DDTs for my 4s.
    Rock on.
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2019
  3. I currently own three basses, so I try to get three different tonal flavors out of them by having different strings on them.

    But if I had to use the same strings on all three of them, the GHS Pressurewounds would be my top choice.
  4. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    I chose... Batman.

  5. PeaveyPlayer

    PeaveyPlayer Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Cobalts would be my first choice
  6. bradd


    Jan 27, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    Thomastik Jazz Rounds. Or Jazz Flats. I'm not picky.
    dr doofie, ELG60, Pbassmanca and 2 others like this.
  7. Another flawed poll. How could a poll leave out the favorite flats of TB, Labella Deep Talkin' Flats???

    Make mine light gauge, plizz n'than kyew.
  8. QweziRider

    QweziRider Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Northern Nevada, U.S.
    Webstrings medium nickels.
    Pbassmanca likes this.
  9. DR Sunbeams for sure. Great feel and sound
  10. Guzzi Toad

    Guzzi Toad

    Mar 10, 2019
    Optima 4440.L RB
    ... not to put too fine of a point on it but ...
    Ok, I'll "settle" for TI's.
  11. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    Houston, TX
    DR Legend Flatwounds. 45-105

    Have been my go do for a good while and have worked great on several different basses.
  12. Dingwall nickel rounds
  13. 9Thumbs


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    GHS Precision Flats. Something like .045-105? Can't remember the string gauges without going downstairs and finding the package.
  14. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    Los Angeles
    The theory behind using stainless rounds for a lot pf pro players is that when you have the brightest string, you can make it as dark as you want with EQ. You can't go the other direction though.

    I'm using pure nickel rounds right now, and can cop a credible flatwound sound with my tone knob rolled off a bit, some foam, some palm muting.

    If you only ave one bass then rounds are going to be the most versatile, but of course not everyone cares about versatility.
  15. zoonose


    Apr 4, 2005
    Alexandria, LA
    DR Black Beauties, 'cause I'm a rebel and this poll limits me ;)
  16. SactoBass

    SactoBass A retired civil engineer who likes all-tube amps! Supporting Member

    Same here! DR Sunbeams! :thumbsup:

    Great feel, great sound, and they seem to last quite a while! :)
    comatosedragon and Dean N like this.
  17. BOOG

    BOOG Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio

    This would be a cruel and inhumane world per your scenario, though.

    Two of my bass’s wear these but the others prefer, others. They would not sound as good to me if they were dressed in the same threads.

    The Pure Blues just feel and sound really nice but, I also would not want something other than DR Sunbeams, Chromes, LaBella black tapes, or GHS Boomers on the respective bass’s.
  18. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Another GHS Precision flats guy here.
  19. Rebel Rocker

    Rebel Rocker Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2017
    RotoSound Swing Bass RS66LD 45/65/80/105
  20. I voted for D'Addario Chromes. They're a good flat that can be bright when new, so they're pretty versatile at least for my needs. But yeah my La Bellas DTF and TI flats would be missed.
    macmanlou and zoonose like this.

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