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Martin acoustic bass which strings ?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Phil Cathey, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Phil Cathey

    Phil Cathey

    Feb 3, 2008
    Does anyone know the best sounding strings to play on an Martin acoustic bass ? ?
  2. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Phosphor Bronze jumps to mind. I've used Martin strings on my six string before, I imagine they make bass strings too.
  3. Phil Cathey

    Phil Cathey

    Feb 3, 2008
    I have tryed the standard Martin bass strings but I was hoping to here of something better.
  4. Cy_Miles


    Feb 3, 2005
    I play a Tacoma Thunderchief, and I am using D'Darrio Phosphor Bronze acoustic bass strings and like them well enough.

    I would like to try other strings just for the sake of trying.

    But I have not seen many choices for the aucoustic bass guitar, and I have never been disappointed with any set of D'Darrio strings, bass, guitar or mandolin.

    And I have never liked any Martin strings so I have not tried the bass strings.

    With the guitar if I don't like a set of strings it only cost me $5-8, but bass strings feel like more of an investment.
  5. main_sale


    Apr 26, 2004
    Cape Cod
    I use and like Elixer coated acoustic bass strings on my Martin B-1. They last a long time too.
  6. Phil Cathey

    Phil Cathey

    Feb 3, 2008
    I will try them some time soon.
  7. KrispyJones


    Dec 3, 2006
    i like "Normal" fender tapewounds on it .....
  8. Phil Cathey

    Phil Cathey

    Feb 3, 2008
    Normal ?? The fendor tape wound is what I have it on now. What I have on my upright is Eurosonic a synthetic gut smooth coated. I didn't know if there was something on the market kinda of like that.
  9. I don't really like the zing of the phosphor-bronze strings my Martin came with so I've put a set of TI flats on. Minor volume loss when playing acoustically but (for me) a very pleasing sound when amplified.

    The flats have less sustain, a little more thud and seem to bring out the sound of the wood. To me it sounds a lot more like an upright and works well for jazz and traditional C&W.
  10. +1

    I have TI Jazz Flat's on my Tacoma Thunderchief and pretty much echo Ozroscoe's statement.
  11. Phil Cathey

    Phil Cathey

    Feb 3, 2008
    TI ? Is that the name I ask for ?

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