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Looking for a smoother, mellower string

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by jbailes, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. jbailes


    Apr 5, 2012
    Hello all,
    I presently have a set of DR nickel lo-riders on one of my jazz basses, and it has a pair of nordstrand NJ4SE pickups and a Leo Quan BAII bridge.
    I very much enjoy the tonal character and multi-dimensional sound of the lo-riders, but they have alot of "klank" in the attack, and just begs for slap bass technique, as do all DR strings.
    I was thinking about the rotosound swing bass 66 strings (Jaco's strings), but if you have other suggestions of a string with a smoother attack, I'd appreciate it.
  2. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    Weird. I found Lo-Riders to be quite dull for a roundwound. If they're too bright for you then may I suggest possibly trying some flats out? They definitely are a lot smoother sounding.
  3. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    GHS pressure wounds are a really nice, smooth sounding string IME. I really liked them when I had them on my Sting P-bass.
  4. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    Give D'Addario chromes a go. Flats but with some of the qualities of rounds... lots of harmonic content if you play percussively, and after a couple of weeks they sound very deep and quite warm... with a distinct edge.

    There are a lot of options, but once you adapt to the smooth feel of the flats you get some crazy mellow tones. I used to struggle with finger noise when playing sofly, trying to subtly slide on a fretted bass with rounds... not terribly satisfying. Flats are worth a go. I love them in case you haven't noticed :D
  5. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Between the two I think the rotosound swing66 sound better.
  6. jbailes


    Apr 5, 2012
    Yeah, I thought I'd give them a shot. It might be a case where the BAII bridge is contributing to the brightness in the attack as well.
    I hate to complain about DR strings since they are really awesome. I have another Jazz that is more set up for slap style with a set of fat beams on it and its got that Marcus Miller sound all over it.
    But for this particular bass, I was hoping to get more of a "fretted Jaco" sound if that makes any sense.
  7. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    Smoother than Lo Riders?

    I would suggest Fender 7250 or GHS Boomers. Once broken in, a smooth, vintagey sounding round.
  8. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    Am I the only one thinking that the Badass bridge might be suspect here? That bridge is known for its effect on the attack and treble response from a bass.

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