Mid-focused Rounds

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Rock-Bassman, May 16, 2012.

  1. Rock-Bassman


    Dec 25, 2008
    I've been on a string kick lately for my franken-p.. I've tried roto steels and nickels, dunlop nickels, dr sunbeams and lowriders, and a set of ghs boomers, but none of them have really tickled my tone bone per se. The roto nickels were on the right track but the life span was horrible they died in a week..

    I'm not really looking for the roto steel brightness, I'm really just looking for the most low/mid mid-forward, not so much for the wicked bright stainless hi mids and highs.. any suggestions?
  2. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Specialist and Artist Relations for Bergantino Audio Systems
    Dean Markley Blue Steels come to mind.
  3. I think about them also:bassist:
  4. Rock-Bassman


    Dec 25, 2008
    I guess I'm looking for a lot of thickness to them.. really meaty but still snappy and snarly for lack of better terms
  5. Blue steels are what Willis was talking about....
  6. Hizzoner


    Jan 6, 2005
    Chicago area
    DR black beauties..not as bright as roto steels but pretty mid forward

  7. How long does the coating on those last? I've seen some reviews on youtube about the guitar strings (Red Devils) in which the coating came off in a week. This could also be due to how the string was mounted. The directions indicate that you have to be careful not to scrape the string when pulling it through the bridge plate/piece as it may damage the coating.
  8. CapnSev


    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    Fender 7150 pure nickels.
  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Sadowsky Blue Label Nickels are exactly what you're describing.
  10. I like Blue Steels, Dean Markley used to sell twin packs of nickel plated steels that were cheap & sounded like what you want. Also liked Labella Hard Rockin steels when I tried them years ago for the low mids.
  11. Low Mids...Definitely La Bella Steels or DR Nickel Lo-Riders.
  12. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Try the Ernie Ball Cobalts. About 90% of the agressiveness of Rotos, but with much longer life.
  13. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Dean markley Blue steel and Dr Neons both have great mids. The BS's a little more kick to the low bass, the Neons a little more hifi tone to the low bass.
  14. I just got a set of fodera nickel strings. Very much midrange indeed. Give them a try.
  15. I second the Fodera's. Extremely grisly and tend to have a bit higher tension. I also loved La Bella slappers. By far the most growly string I have ever tried were rotosound 66's, but you might as well just go ahead and take a file to your frets and fingers. The other two choices are close, though. I think most steel strings fall way short when compared to nickel string growl.
  16. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    The coating lasts a long time if you aren't using a pick. Actually the coating lasts a long time even if you are using a pick, the colored part scrapes off though.
  17. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    I had the opposite experience with these on my J bass. I need to buy another set and try on another. They didn't seem to have much of a low mid presence at all. Much more high mids, treble, & bass to me. :meh:
  18. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    It boggles my mind sometimes how different strings sound on different basses.

    I have to cut low mids with the Sadowsky's on my Lakland to make them sound close to the Nickel LoRiders I normally use on that bass. Nickel LoRiders have a punch and presence that no other string has on that bass. Sunbeams were also disappointing on my Lakland.

    Then again, those same Nickel LoRiders sound puny on my Warwick, which still has Ernie Ball Cobalts which sound HUGE on that bass. But Cobalts on my Lakland....crap. Awful. Sunbeams too. Awful.

    Sunbeams on my Spector? Tone straight from God himself.

    Funny how things work like that!
  19. Rock-Bassman


    Dec 25, 2008
    Looks like the blue steels are on top of the heap as far as number of recommendations go.. How's the life span and how rough are they? If I dig them I may try them on my fretless.. looking for new strings for that too with the same tonal goal in mind. I'm curious about the cobalts too.. Anybody have anything else about them?
  20. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Blue steels are smoother feeling then most rounds and also a little lower tension then most others of same gauges. Also longer lifespan the roto swing66.
  21. Primary

    Primary TB Assistant

    Here are some related products that TB members are talking about. Clicking on a product will take you to TB’s partner, Primary, where you can find links to TB discussions about these products.

    Jun 13, 2021

Share This Page