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Looking for real aggressive strings

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by BassGreaser, Nov 8, 2005.


  1. BassGreaser

    BassGreaser

    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I've been looking for a real aggressive sounding steel set of strings that is on the bright side. What do all of you fine gents suggest?
     
  2. AMJBASS

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Thomastic Spirocore Stark.
     
  3. Uncletoad

    Uncletoad

    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    +1 Very manly strings those Starks.
     
  4. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Maui
    Oh man, I finally got to play some Starks recently. Very gnarly. I can see why folks get hooked on them. I don't know if I could handle them for any length of time. Mittels are still pretty aggressive to my ears.
     
  5. dfp

    dfp Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    USA
    yeah, my tendons told me not to mess with starks when i tried them for a minute...

    La Bella Deep Talkin Bass are pretty bright strings, growly and in your face, but lower tension
     
  6. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    +1. I played them for several years, and may go back to them at some point. If you go that way, allow time for your fingers/arms to get used to the punishment - you get used to it over time.
     
  7. Uncletoad

    Uncletoad

    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    Dirty little secret. I put my old set on my Cleveland last night even though I said I wasn't going to. It is HUGE! Oh man. I played for several hours and my fingers are hamburger again. I may not keep them on as my hands don't like them either but what a sound....

    That E string is stupid good.
     
  8. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Maui
    That's what did it for me! Never ever heard an E like that. I've toyed with the idea of Starks from time to time. Maybe I need to hit the gym and give 'em a go.

    I'd love to hear more input from former and current Starks Sufferers.
     
  9. Uncletoad

    Uncletoad

    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    Now that we've completely hijacked this thread...

    I'm going to practice with them tonight. I've got a session tomorrow nite and a gig on Friday. I'm going to try to leave them on through that. If I don't make it I'm probably keeping the E and putting the Reds back on the rest. That E kills me.
     
  10. BassGreaser

    BassGreaser

    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    are Starks the heavy gauge?
     
  11. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Maui
    Oh yeah.

    Edit; Wow, I just searched TB on "starks" and found a cool thread that goes back awhile, very detailed info on DURRL's experiences with the String Of Doom, from the moment he put 'em on. To my surprise, I even discovered that I played Starks at some time in the previous year. Can't imagine how I forgot that.

    It's probably fodder for a separate thread, but I'd like to hear from some of the luthiers regarding their thoughts on putting very high tension strings like the Starks on a double bass.
     
  12. Uncletoad

    Uncletoad

    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    Whoa, dude. Like ahh ahh....nevermind.
     
  13. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Yup. Many of the best recordings I've ever made have been with the Starks on one bass or another. I still miss that E when I detune.

    Ugh, me either. I know my poor fingers will never forget them.
     
  14. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Maui
    Are you implying that I...duh.....I forgit.....dang.....
     
  15. AMJBASS

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    When I was playing my Christopher carved, I kept Spirocore Starks on it until I sold it for my current bass. Killer strings! They have such a huge sounding fundamental. They are a lot easier to hear from a players perspective than most strings out there. I miss having them, but the bass I am playing now has too thin a top for the heavy tension.