NBD Mike Lull V5 and string question.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Scott Bland, Jul 17, 2021.

  1. Scott Bland

    Scott Bland Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2020
    Wow. I have just received this and after i let it adjust to the humidity and temperature of my house for 7.3 minutes, I hooked her up. absolutely amazing in every way for me. The neck fits my hand and its dead silent. Great tone! I am really looking forward to getting to know it and playing it in.
    I do have a question. I normally use Dr Pure Blues 45-125 but I think these are DAddario Pro Steels with a super long B to go through the body.
    I did a quick online search and am not certain how to order these. So i have two questions.
    1. I really like these strings and the tone but I have heard steel tears up frets compared to the nickel I use. Is this a major issue or just dont worry about it kind of thing?
    2. How do I order strings? Order a 4 pack and then try to find a B single thats super long? I did not have any luck with finding singles but I admit I did not put my best efforts into it.

    any answers would be awesome. The bass is a dream!!

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  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    It is 35” scale so regular bass strings should work just fine. I have owned several 35” basses and strings were never an issue.
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  3. Scott Bland

    Scott Bland Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2020
    Actually. Its a 34. I was more wondering about buying a body through B that was longer.
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  4. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Sounds like he wants to string the B through the body though. Personally I always just strung my Lull B at the bridge like all the other strings.
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  5. 80jazz


    Jun 28, 2008
    I have a 35-inch 5-string and I think strings can be a problem depending on the headstock.

    With this being 34, use whatever you want.

    Nice bass. I like the idea of a 5-string Lull.
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  6. Scott Bland

    Scott Bland Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2020
    thats a great idea. Do you think it would affect the tone any? Certainly would make it easier.
  7. Nuage420

    Nuage420 smile Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2014
    This is a subject of great contention with numerous supporters on either side of the fence.
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  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I see.
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  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I've never found it to make a lick of difference in the tone in basses I've owned that have them. Just string it thru the bridge, that's my vote, too.

    Regarding #1, yes, I have seen steel strings be harder on frets, but a lot depends on your touch. Personally, I don't chance it because I don't like new strings or paying for fret dressings. So nickels do me fine.
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  10. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    I don’t think it will affect the tone to any noticeable extent. I hope you end up loving your Lull as much as I do mine. :)
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  11. K-man


    Aug 11, 2009
    I run my strings through the body. For prosteels I buy super long (instead of long scale). For DR strings I believe all their strings are long enough to run your B through the body.
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  12. Geri O

    Geri O Endorsing Artist, Mike Lull Guitars and Basses Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    Congrats on the Lull!

    This is exactly what I do. On my 5-string 35” Lulls, I order the 4-string regular long scale set of D’addario EXL170s and order separately the extra-long nickel .130 string for the B string so it will run through the body. I order strings from Fret Nation. He makes this process very easy.

    Can’t say about the stainless strings and the frets. I don’t care for stainless strings.

    As for whether the tone is affected whether strung through the body or top-loaded, I don’t give a damn about the debate. I simply wanna run the B string through the body. The rocket scientists can debate this without my help.

    The end…:D:D
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  13. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    The first time I tried the string through option was on my US Lakland 55-94. I found it did nothing to the sound or feel of the strings. Maybe I just wasn't tuned in to the differences, but I've not used string through since.

    A Mike Lull Jazz bass is a truly great piece of craftsmanship. I owned an M5V for a short period of time and it's the only bass I regret selling.
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  14. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    If you bought it used from a private seller why not just ask them if they used a stock 5 string set or 4 set + SL B string? I order from Fret Nation also. 4 string set + 130SL for my 5ers. Easy Peasy.
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  15. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Very sweet bass! I use D’adderio and Sadowsky 5 string sets on my Lulls and just order the XLs.
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  16. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    Congrats on the Lull. Personally, I currently have 3 in the stable. All of them came with D"Addarrios. Use whatever string you like best. I have used DR Pure Blues, Sunbeams, but also SIT Power Wounds and Silencers. I use only Nickels because I find Stainless Steel is far harder on my fingers than the frets. Also, I generally use 45-130. Enjoy your bass!
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  17. David McIntire

    David McIntire

    Apr 5, 2020
    I use ProSteels on all my basses. My main I've used steel strings for 11 years solid. And, I play a whole heckuvva lot. My frets are fine. I've used steels on all my basses since very young. All my heroes used em. And, I was a broke kid. Not only did steel strings sound and feel better to me, but they lasted. I had to buy strings less often. Steel strings also age for me in a balanced way. With nickels, I can hear which strings I use more as they age. B, E and A strings age faster. Steels sound better to me older, as well. But I have buddies that say the same bout their beloved nickels. Maybe body chemistry is also a factor. I am not certain.

    D'addario makes a Long Scale string, and, a SUPER long scale string, for longer scale bass guitars or thru body stringing. My main is a Fender American Deluxe Jazz 5. It is 34" scale. D'Addario long scale strings fit perfectly for me when stringing thru the body. On a 35 scale, they'd be too short. That's where the Super Longs take over.

    I prefer thru body stringing. But not for tone. I do it for response and feel. I have strung my bass up both ways on many occasions with many different string types. For me, there is a very discernable difference in the way my bass reacts to my playing when stringing thru body. I like that difference, so I continue. But tastes are incredibly diverse. And each player should try both ways. And decide for themselves.

    That Lull is a killer! I'm sure, in time, you'll find what you prefer to use with it. And there's always the fact that I've never heard a Lull sound bad. No matter the scale, string or method of stringing. You simply can't go wrong with that bass.
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  18. Scott Bland

    Scott Bland Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2020

    Awesome post and information!! Thank you so much. Real world experience like that really helps me. So far i adore the bass. I could not wait to wake up and play!
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  19. BayouWildcat


    Apr 30, 2020
    I’m really impressed that you are following the science and let her acclimate for the full 7.3 minutes!
  20. Scott Bland

    Scott Bland Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2020
    right on! Science first!! Haha
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