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Longest lasting 5 string set?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Whitenoise17, Dec 29, 2017.


  1. Whitenoise17

    Whitenoise17

    Aug 6, 2016
    East Side
    What is the longest lasting set of medium or heavy gauge strings for a 5 string that you’ve ever used? It doesn’t matter if they’re rounds, flats, tapes, or coated. I just want a set of strings that will give me a relatively flat response and last at least a year
     
  2. Supadope

    Supadope Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    Louisville
    My goal is to leave the world a cooler place than when I arrived.
    I make it a point to wash my hands before I pick up my bass. My DRs last over a year.

    /not ocd
     
  3. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Almost any brand of flats can last for yearS.
     
  4. KaseOfBass

    KaseOfBass Put some stank on it... Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    I can sometimes stretch about six months out of a set of Elixir strings. A year though? That's flats territory as those last for years and years by most accounts (I've never kept flats that long as I end up going back to rounds).

    Edit: For reference, I kill most uncoated rounds in less than a month.
     
  5. Tapes will last for quite a while. They are the original coated strings. ;)
     
  6. Whitenoise17

    Whitenoise17

    Aug 6, 2016
    East Side
    I know flatwounds tend to sound very mellow, so what are some of the brighter sounding flats out there?
     
  7. Geri O

    Geri O

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    It depends on what you are looking for from your strings in a year's time.

    If you prefer a subdued warm sound without much of the typical roundwound zing, a lot of them will last that long and longer. Since you mentioned a preference for medium to heavy gauge strings, I'll tell my story of having a set of Ernie Ball Power Slinkies on my fretless 5-string Jazz bass for almost 2 years. I say "almost" because just before the 2-year mark rolled around, the A string broke on that set. Man, they had mellowed to a very nice, warm tone with some body to the tone, but no real zing to speak of. I do play kinda hard, not hair-thrash-metal hard, but I have a pretty good stroke to my playing. And one night, the A string just broke. No slapping on that bass or crazy bends, either. In fact, that bass doesn't get a whole lot of playing. So I replaced that set with an older set I was saving from my fretted bass (I replace those around 3-4 weeks depending on the gigging schedule). The fretless' tone is coming back around and hopefully, I won't break a string on that set.

    The short version of this is that I can vouch for the EB Power Slinkies lasting almost 2 years. Since all of that, I've switched to D'Addario Pro Steels in the same gauges. I like their tension better and the stainless steel sound. I've not had them on the fretless yet, so I can't attest to how long they will last.
     
  8. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Probably D’Addario Chromes or Rotosound 77s.
     
  9. I had a set of DR LoRiders on a four-string bass from spring 2014 and only replaced them this fall (2017) because I thought I should. They still sounded great!
     
  10. Cut the middle

    Cut the middle

    Apr 17, 2020
    Bump
     
  11. Yahboy

    Yahboy

    May 21, 2008
    Elixir Nano, but 45,65,80,100,130, it is stiffer than regular 45-130 roundwound.
     
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  12. Aidil

    Aidil

    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    +1 Elixir Nano

    Mine are NPS 32 45 65 85 105 130T.
     
  13. Cut the middle

    Cut the middle

    Apr 17, 2020
    what's the "t"? Thanks!
     
  14. Aidil

    Aidil

    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    Taperwound low-B string.
     
  15. Cut the middle

    Cut the middle

    Apr 17, 2020
    Thanks!
     
  16. Cut the middle

    Cut the middle

    Apr 17, 2020
    Why different if you don't mind my asking?
     
  17. Aidil

    Aidil

    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    You mean different as one is taperwound?

    Cause the one (the low-B string) is the heaviest, the thickest, the stiffest, and the hardest to vibrate, thus most times its intonation couldn't be set properly within the travel distance of the bridge saddle. By using a tapered string on the bridge side, which means smaller wound get in contact with the bridge saddle, the thick string becomes easier to vibrate and rings clearer. In practice, intonating a thick string which were previously difficult becomes achievable with a taperwound one.

    Although, this isn't without a catch. If the tapering gets too far from the bridge saddle, it gets another problem of unwanted harmonics. So, the tapering should be as close as possible to the bridge saddle.

    Look at these taper length differences:

    IMG_20180626_1417105.jpg
    20190602_011100.jpg

    The first one tapers about ½" from the saddle and the second one tapers further away, about 1" from the saddle. I had another string which taper was closer to the saddle, but turned out I didn't take any picture of it.

    The tapered string on the 2nd pic gave me two problems: I couldn't set the correct intonation no matter where I positioned the saddle, and there were strange harmonics came out from the strings when plucked. So, I took it of and put on another low-B string for that particular bass.

    The one on the 1st pic is okay, although I still prefer another one that was even closer to the saddle (which I didn't take picture of).
     
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  18. chaak

    chaak

    Apr 25, 2013
    now here
    DR Hi Beams Stainless Steel
     
  19. Geri O

    Geri O

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    I have a week on my first set of D’addario NYXLs. 3 sessions last week with them and a lot of practicing (actual, real gigs coming up!) as well as working to play lighter.

    I swear, these strings are just as bright as when I put them on!

    Of course, it remains to be seen just how long they will last. I’m dreading a sudden “tone tank” with them as I’ve seen happen with a couple of other brands. They sound fine for a little while, then you pick up the bass one morning and all you hear is the “thunk” of dead, dead strings.

    I’ll report back in a couple of weeks on them. But so far, these are my new favorite strings.
     
  20. Cut the middle

    Cut the middle

    Apr 17, 2020
    thank you for your thoughtful and informative response!
     

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