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Most gut like/metal coated strings to work with Krivo Magnetic

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by edham, Mar 5, 2017.


  1. Loving the Krivo - especially to add just enough amplified meat on a gig.
    Playing with Mics to match blend with it.

    Also looking to experiment with strings to work with that combo and am looking for the most gut like sounding but with enough of a metal coating to make the krivo happy.

    Thanks for your input.
     
  2. JeffKissell

    JeffKissell Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2004
    Soquel, CA
    Sounding or feeling? I think the D'Addario Kaplan solos tuned to orchestra pitch were the most gut like sounding steel strings on my bass... however, they are the least gut like feeling, a very light gauge. The tension is similar though.
     
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  3. misterbadger

    misterbadger Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Northern California
    Evah Slaps? Synthetic D and G, obviously...
     
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  4. JeffKissell

    JeffKissell Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2004
    Soquel, CA
    maybe Eurosonic?
     
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  5. Thanks Gents,

    How is the volume with the D'Addario Kaplan solos??
    Lighter tension is better on my hands but Spiro solos tuned to orch had little volume.

    ???? thoughts?
     
  6. Kaplan solos have even lower volume than Spiros.
    Eurosonics have very little ferrous content, so I don't think they'd work with a Krivo.
    (they are wound with polymamide, not metal)
     
  7. misterbadger

    misterbadger Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Northern California
    Slaps are low tension (but small diameter compared to guts) and very easy on the hands. You might want to ask Gollihur if Eurosonics will work with a Krivo. If so, they're inexpensive, very gut-like and incredibly easy to play. They've got a plastic-y feel that I'm not wild about, but that's just my taste.
     
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  8. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2000
    Mullica Hill, NJ
    Owner/President, Gollihur Music LLC
    Eurosonics DO work with a Krivo (or Schaller, et al.)
     
  9. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2000
    Mullica Hill, NJ
    Owner/President, Gollihur Music LLC
    It's not (usually) so much the metal COATING (outer winding) that matters - it's a metal CORE. Specifically, a ferrous (magnet-attracting) one. Eurosonics, as mentioned above, are a common choice.
     
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  10. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    New Orleans
    What about Evah Slaps? I'm not sure what the core of those are...
     
  11. Adam Booker

    Adam Booker Supporting Member

    May 3, 2007
    Boone, NC
    Endorsing Artist: D'Addario Strings, Remic Microphones
    I bet Gennsler's 2016 AP would do it. Gut core, but wrapped in iron. Great strings, but pricey.
     
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  12. Perlon, I believe.
     
  13. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2000
    Mullica Hill, NJ
    Owner/President, Gollihur Music LLC
    Nope. Synthetic core, not enough ferrous material in their windings. Zyex can be used, but their output isn't as good as steel cored strings.
     
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  14. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    New Orleans
    Ah I see.
     
  15. I stand corrected, thanks! :)
     
  16. misterbadger

    misterbadger Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Northern California
    It dawns on me that the Slap synthetic G is aluminum wound, so I guess that's a definite no.
     
  17. The outer winding is often very thin, so not much mass. The core has a lot more mass than this. The inner windings are often from a non-ferrous material like copper or brass (as in Spiros).
    And since the steel core has the same diameter for all strings of a set, the volume is mostly the same on all strings using equal string-pickup distance. If not the pole pieces can usually be adjusted on magnetic pickups.

    Playing on a bass with a magnetic pickup higher (thumb) position lets the string sink down resulting in a higher volume for these notes. A low string action and higher string to pole piece distance can help to minimize that effect.
     
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  18. Bungee

    Bungee

    Sep 23, 2006
    Cleveland, OH
    Another good option is Jargar Dolce. Low tension at concert pitch, plenty of fundamental, and limited sustain. They match up well with the Krivo. I used a spirocore stark E with Jargar Dolce A, D, and G and I am delighted in any situation from fully acoustic to fully amplified. Have fun!
     
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  19. Thanks gang !
    really appreciate the input.
     
  20. HateyMcAmp

    HateyMcAmp

    Apr 13, 2006
    Colorado
    Krivo Pickups - uncompensated endorser
    I’m about to pull the trigger on a Kirvo, and I’m trying to go from playing gut and gut like strings to a nice steel option that isn’t too tense and bright. For a magnetic pickup, do you want to get a darker string than you would use with piezo? I’d ideally like a lot of thump with a little sustain and not too much mwahhh.
     

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