Need help findin killer strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by deeptoneman, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. deeptoneman


    Jun 19, 2008
    I've been playing electric bass for about 5 years and I still haven't found strings i love. I buy flatwounds half the time and roundwounds half the time. I always keep flat wounds on my jazz bass to get that nice deep mellow tone. I recently bought a washburn xb920 and want to discover a set of strings which i really dig. Any suggestions, what strings do you prefer? I am not a fan of bright tangy bass sounds. Thx

    My new bass-
    P.S- I didn't nearly that for the bass
  2. i'm partial to DR strings, myself...give them a shot. they've got a full range of flat and rounds, steel and nickel, and their quality is fantastic.
  3. JehuJava

    JehuJava Bass Frequency Technician

    Oct 15, 2002
    Yorktown, VA
    TI Jazz Rounds are a great mix of both...albeit a little soft, but damn good sounding strings.
  4. i'm going with downneck on this one... i used Fender strings for a while but found DR to be of best sound quality... i have the black beauties on my Schecter C4 which have been on for 2 months and still have the "piano-like" tone from when they're brand new and Hi Beams mediums on my p bass
  5. GHS Flea Signatures.. I am in love with these. They last a good long time (4 months and counting) and they have great tone right out of the package!
  6. I use rotosounds, they are never too bright and have a good tone for me. Tried those?
  7. 4 out of 5 Mafia members say..."If you REALLY want a 'killer' string, may I suggest piano wire?" :D

    (*in my best NY accent*) FORGET about it! ;)
  8. MrBorisSpider

    MrBorisSpider Inactive

    May 8, 2008
    D'addarios are the most consistent strings, are cheap and sound good. What more do you need?

    If you want bright tone get the Prosteels. Bright as the Flea set without the extra cost in order to fellate the little 'un vicariously. Seeing as you don't, get half-rounds. It's a nice comprimise between nickel rounds and flats.
  9. pandrew


    Mar 23, 2008
    corn dog
    try some half rounds
    those are fun
  10. +100

    took me forever to find those strings but once i did, man, no going back
  11. John Wentzien

    John Wentzien

    Jun 25, 2007
    Elberta, AL
    Artist:TC Electronic RH450 bass system (original test-pilot)
  12. I guess part of the equation is what kind of stuff you play. Different strings seem to excel in different genres.

    I've got a six fretless with D'Addario Chromes, a FrankenTurser Fiver and a Violin Bass both with Rotosound 77 flats and a Spector Euro 5 with Carvin Nickels on it.

    They all sound different and all sound great to me, depending on which songs we're doing.
  13. Plookie


    Jul 14, 2006
    Endorsing artist: SIRE Marcus Miller v7 Jazz bass, DR Strings HI-BEAM
    DR! Hands down!
    I happened across them from Pavel, the luthier who made my bass. He had DR "Lo Riders on my newly delivered Pavel Jazz Pro 5 deluxe bass.
    The bass, my Pavel Jazz Pro 5 Deluxe was delivered to me in December 07, boy, how is it I never thought of even using these strings until they were on my bass. Along with a very good bass, one needs very good strings. My new jazz bass sounded incredibly good, and my strings lasted longer than 2 weeks, I also think it's because of the great circuitry Pavel has inserted in my bass, he hooked me up!
    I am so satisfied with these strings. I like D,addario as well, but DR's are my ONLY choice.

    I endorse Pavel Jazz basses
  14. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    I didn't know they did endorsements:confused:

    I recommend GHS Precision flats:p
  15. KYJazzy


    Nov 10, 2004
    Lexington, KY
    I just strung my bass with TI jazz rounds, and re-fell in love with it.
  16. hiredoutlaw


    Jun 20, 2008
    Do you play metal or such? Cause I know there are some good strings I found before that give a great sound...especially in Drop D.
  17. EB Power Bass :bassist:

    Real good punchy tone. cuts through good too!. Although, they are a thicker guage which my be problems if it hurts your fingers.
  18. then why dont you just say them. Even if he doesn't play metal you could be holding out on the secret to life for him D:
  19. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    I think string purchase is a personal journey (my journey cost me a small fortune, BTW). I have tried a truckload of strings and always keep coming back to Labella HRS. But you might try them and think they suck.
  20. Slats


    Apr 25, 2004
    Try Pyramid Gold flatwound strings one time. They're expensive. They sound great and last a long time. :bassist: