MTD strings & tension

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Psychicpet, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. Psychicpet

    Psychicpet Guest

    Mar 13, 2004
    Friend and Endorsee of Larry
    So I do love the FatBeams that I just put on my Bongo 5, way cool tone and feel BUT I also just put a set of MTD stainless 6s on my Mollerup 6 and I've gotta tell ya, these things have a lot of tension and it seems to have really opened up my playing on the 6. quite cool.

    anyone else using MTD strings out there? and thoughts on them?
  2. DrGroovenstein

    DrGroovenstein Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Livin' in the USA
    I have a love/hate relationship with MTD strings. They are a bit ruff on my fingers, but the tension is ideal for me (for rounds). I love the tone out of the box, they are awesome. However, I find that with my personal chemistry, they lose that sizzle really quick. I get really annoyed with them after a couple of gigs. I've been stringing my MTD 535 with DR Fat Beams recently.
  3. I settled on DR Highbeams a few years ago until I tried the MTD strings on my MTD 535. They are fantastic. I have not yet tried them on my other basses but I should. The B string rings out like a grand piano.
  4. 1kinal

    1kinal Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2006
    Montreal, Qc. Canada
    Endorsing Artist: SIT strings
    I love MTD strings. They are my favorite stainless set and are the definition of modern sound for me. Perfect tension also.

    They should be more known...and the Low-B is incredible.

    Can't wait to try the new MTD nickel sets coming out soon.

  5. Serious 1+++ on MTD Steels! Looking forward to checking out those Nickels too!
  6. 59jazz

    59jazz Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma Supporting Member

    Are the MTD stainless equal in coarseness to Rotos or Foderas?
  7. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    I will attempt to answer the above question and pose a new one of my own. They don't feel rough, to me anyway. I'd say in between the Fodera Stainless and Roto's - the Roto's feel like sandpaper to me when I slide.

    Where do you guys buy your MTD's? About the cheapest I've found them online is $35.99 - Juststrings doesn't carry them.
  8. I actually like the Nickels quite a bit, but the steels are better for my likes.

    Justin at the bassexchange in LA is great to work with and usually has MTD strings in stock. Typical prices for a 5 string set.

    Yes the Low B is incredible!
  9. dont like them at all. first thing to go on my MTD. I like DR Hi-Beams.
  10. Yeah, everyone has personal preferences. I like DR High beams on my Fenders, and Sunbeams on Fretless :)
  11. Virgil

    Virgil She's My Inspiration Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2005
    Dresher, Pa.
    I have MTD nickels on my 535. I don't like the feel of the stainless, never have. I use R. Cocco stainless or Dean Markley SR 2000's.
  12. evilgus

    evilgus Supporting Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    I still prefer the sound/feel of MTD nickels on MTDs and really dig R. Cocco stainlesses on my pre-Gib Tobiases, but I haven't tried R.Cs on an MTD or the R.C nickels at all yet. In general, I'd say the R.Cs are a bit more smooth/rubbery and slightly lower tension than the MTDs, so really nice for a warmer/vintage sound.


  13. SolarMan

    SolarMan Guest

    Aug 2, 2011
    Marlborough, MA
    I just put a set of MTD SS rounds on my medium scale 32" (45,65,85,105)

    The tension is perfect. The feel is spot on. And the tone is right where I want it.

    I can get grunt and growl for days, and with a pick the E string does sound like a grand piano.

    Long time fan of Rotos may have found a new string!