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More mids on stingray, Dr fatbeams?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by BrandonBass, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    I currently have a 2011 stingray classic(maple/ash) strung with fresh Dr Sunbeams(nickle) and a 89 stingray 2band(rosewood/poplar) strung with dead(1year plus) fatbeams

    I find that the 89 have considerably more mids than the stingray classic. I find it surprising, since both basses uses the same pre-amp and pleople claim nickle strings have more mids than SS.

    I thinking about swapping the fresh sunbeams for fatbeams to gain more mids? what do you guys think? Could it be that new strings are supposed to sound more scooped?
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    FatBeams will definitely sound more scooped than Sunbeams. Sunbeams are all about some midrange! You're probably hearing a difference in the woods and electronics.
  3. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    If you want mids, get some Ernie Ball Cobalts. Those things growl like nobody's business.
  4. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9 Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    Agree. Definitely not the Fatbeams which are not known for mids. I love low mids and use Duncan Nickels or for a higher mid Tomastik Infeld Jazz Flats.
  5. sratas


    Dec 15, 2007
    Parma, Italy
    fatbeams are deep and clear, but a little mid scooped compared to sunbeams. Also nickel lowriders are mid aggressive, even if in a different way compared to the wonderful sunbeams.
  6. +1 on the Nickel Lo Riders if you want good mids. I am currently liking the D'Addario Chromes more though...
  7. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Nickel in general for more mids then steels give. If sunbeams are doing it for you maybe rotosound swing 66. Less bass content then sunbeams, little diff but still very nice imo mids. I'm liking Daddario xl nickel as main string now. Very good growly mids. I havent tried chromes.
  8. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    The statement "more mids" is about what your ears hear in comparison to. MY ears think fat beams have more mids if I used hi beams on the same bass before, but less mids than if if I used sunbeams on the same bass before. My definition of "mids" might even be different than yours, so take this as just a general warning for the placebo effect of what you get used to hearing....................................
  9. Tried Chromes for the first time with the band and they fit in very well, better than the DR Nickel Lo Riders IMO and I love the nickels. Alone they sound great but I felt they really stood out against drums, keyboard and guitar without having to raise the volume to be heard. Really growly with a hint of highs. I do play a MM Sterling which is a growly bass though...
  10. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Harpers Ferry WV
    How are you running your EQ? Are you running both bass and treble all of the way up?
  11. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    Nope, I run it at 50% each most of the time. The stingray classic is really neutral sounding whereas the 89 ray seems to have a natural mid hump which i dig
  12. If you want an aggressive, mid heavy string without being too bright, I also recommend nickel Lo-riders. I wish I had tried them when I still owned my stingray, I would have likely not sold it.
  13. I tried a lot of strings before finding the nickel Lo Riders (and later Chromes). Those two tame the highs on the MM Sterling perfectly. I wasn't going to sell it so I had no choice but to find the right string!
  14. Samsound


    Sep 28, 2010
    I'm still amazed by how much string choice drastically changes the sound and character of a bass. I love the nickel Lo Riders, and how they give my SR a fat, growly midrange with a tamed top end. They quite simply sound like sex to me.

  15. but on a p-bass they sound like total a$$ to me. just goes to show that the combination of string and bass play a huge role. more so than bass and amp in my opinion.
  16. CapnSev


    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    Fender 7150s have more midrange than any other round IMO (in a good way).

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