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Looking for new strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by jojobean39, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. I have a new bass coming this week. It is a MM Bongo. I am planning on setting it up for slappy style bass. I like light strings (no more than a .40 on the G). I haven't been able to find many places or brands where I can get a .35 G. I like a really bright sounding string. I was using Elixir bass strings, but they aren't my favourite. I use Status strings on my Steinberger (which I can do a custom set and get a .35 for the G, which I love). If anyone knows other companies that offer such a guage, please let me know.

    So, I am trying to get some advice on what you guys like to use for a slappy sounding bass. I really like clarity in the strings. I hate a dead sound.

    I don't really know the difference between stainless and nickel sounds. I know I like round wounds, as opposed to flat, except for my fretless.

    There are so many strings available, it is kind of hard to narrow it down. If I could get an idea of what guys with a similar sound like, then that gives me a starting point.
  2. 251


    Oct 6, 2006
    Metro Boston MA
  3. bunkaroo


    Apr 25, 2003
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses
    Did you buy the bass new? I ask because if it is new it will have EB Slinky 45-65-80-100 set on it. I'd at least give it a spin with those. I've tended to like the EB strings on my Bongos better than other brands I use on different basses. They also make a super slinky set - 40-60-70 -95.

    I've also had D'Addario Nickel XL's on one of my Bongos and they worked well. D'Addario has a 35 available separately and you could build your own set. Most string retailers should have a good variety of D'Addario singles. I just built a custom drop tune set at JustStrings for a reasonable price.
  4. I am getting a bass off the forum, so it is not new. And it will most likely be set up with .45s, which I do not like.

    I appreciate the link to the Circle K strings.

    Which is a brighter sound? Nickel or Stainless Steel?
  5. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    Stainless Steel is generally brighter than Nickel Plated Steel.

    But there could be differences in construction that make a Stainless Steel less bright (1/4 Round / Pressure Wound etc)...

    But if you are looking for Round Wounds, then yes Stainless Steel is generally brighter.

    There are a BUNCH of sets with a 35 up top... Rotosound has some that are even 30 50 70 90 in their Funk Master series...

    Common sets are .035 .055 .070 .090 for a light gauge set.

    Most every larger string maker makes a light or ultra light gauge set.
  6. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Check out Rotosound Funkmasters. Have a great slap tone (Mark King and I think Stanley Clarke use them) and are very lightweight. However, they don't last very long.

    Rotosound Funkmaster - 4 String Set
  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Bass Strings Online is your friend!

    You can build whatever set you want and you won't beat the price:
    Build your own string set!
  8. ixlramp


    Jan 25, 2005
    I suggest building a custom set from singles with equal tension strings, 35 50 70 95.
    Or Circle K tension balanced sets Circle K Strings - Standard Balanced 4 Strings apparently very clear nickel rounds. Sets go as light as .045 to .014, light enough? :D
  9. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Rotosound swing 66 are available in that gauge and lighter if desired. Also great sound.
  10. Not quite light enough. I like my bass to lay in that frequency range right above the flute.
  11. I just wanted to give a plug to Bass Strings Online. I placed my order about 3:00 Friday afternoon to Bass Strings Online. They came from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, FL by Monday afternooon. Amazingly quick shipping and amazingly great prices.

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