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New bass. What type of strings are these?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Official Ninja, Aug 3, 2012.


  1. Official Ninja

    Official Ninja

    Oct 21, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hello.

    I got a Taiwan made Yamaha BB414 from ebay this week.
    It came with a set of flatwounds and I really like them so far.
    The seller told me they are probably Ernie Ball, but he wan't sure.
    I measured them and they are 55, 70, 90, 105
    Can anyone identify them? Make and model?
    Here are pics. :)
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    Thanks!
     
  2. darkstorm

    darkstorm

    Oct 13, 2009
    Was going to say Daddario due to the colored ball ends. But the green silk throws me. Humm.
     
  3. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Can't see pix, but green silk and colored ball flats... Fender?
     
  4. Official Ninja

    Official Ninja

    Oct 21, 2009
    New Jersey
    Thanks for the replies!

    I see Fender strings here that match the gauge of my strings:
    http://www.juststrings.com/fnd-9050m.html
    They say they are stainless.

    The strings on my bass are magnetic. Magnet jumps right to them.

    Should stainless strings not be magnetic?
     
  5. CnB77

    CnB77

    Jan 7, 2011
    NJ
    Some stainless steel is magnetic (400 series, IIRC). For instruments with magnetic pickups, it's obviously desirable to have steel that responds to a magnet, so there's no reason to think the strings aren't stainless
     
  6. Schpector

    Schpector

    Jan 31, 2012
    Macon, GA
    Once I swapped to Elixers, I have never even considered using another string. The advantages:

    1. Excellent tone
    2. Slicker, easier playability
    3. Longevity
     
  7. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    All electric bass strings must be magnetic.
     
  8. bubinga5

    bubinga5

    Jun 6, 2006
    cheltenham(UK)
    there metal... how can they not be magnetic??
     
  9. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    There are some materials used in strings that are not magnetic.

    But those are not found in the electric bass world. Few posts back the poster made reference to them being magnetic...
     
  10. CPplaysBASS

    CPplaysBASS

    Mar 17, 2007
    Ontario
    I use Fender flats ... those are definitely 100% Fender flats. I've tried pretty much everything over the years, but my search stopped with those (I use .050-.100, but all the gauges have the same silk ends).
     
  11. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Ah, now that I am on a computer... 100% fender as CP says...

    Fender current flat wound sets:

    Available String Sets:
    9050SL - .040 .060 .080 .100
    9050L - .045 .060 .080 .100
    9050CL - .045 .060 .080 .105
    9050ML - .050 .065 .085 .100
    9050M - .055 .070 .090 .105
     
  12. tindrum

    tindrum

    May 2, 2007
    Virginia Beach
    Fender for sure. Should be high tension if I remember correctly.
     
  13. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Banned

    Feb 23, 2011
    Denmark
    Not all metals are magnetic... But all bass strings for electric bass are, if they are going to work.
     
  14. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Cary, Il
    Unless they are Thomastik-Infeld Acousticore strings, then they only work with Piezo pickups.
     
  15. CPplaysBASS

    CPplaysBASS

    Mar 17, 2007
    Ontario
    They used to be ... within the past 2 years, Fender changed the manufacturing of their strings. The previous flats were very high tension - I had to stop using them when I developed a cyst on my wrist as a result! The new ones (in the black and green box) are very similar to D'Addario Chromes in terms of tension (not too much, not too little).
     
  16. Official Ninja

    Official Ninja

    Oct 21, 2009
    New Jersey
    Thanks for all the replies!

    Right, they must be magnetic to work... silly question.

    But, I've been a cnc setup/programmer for a company that makes pharmaceutical filling machines for over 20 years now.
    I have it in my mind stainless = non magnetic because all I work with is the 303/304/316 variety for clean room applications. Some times alluminum, and different plastics. Hardly ever anything that sticks to a magnet. :)

    As for tension, they are maybe a little tighter than the DR black beauties on my other 4 string bass.
    They are nothing near as tight as the rotosound Steve Harris flatwounds. I had those on an old Washburn force 4 and they were so tight I didn't like it at all.
     
  17. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    You will find as you look more into strings there are many different alloys used.

    5 axis cnc machines rule!
     
  18. 1stOfficerRiker

    1stOfficerRiker Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2004
    Cincinnati
    Try emailing the person who sold it to you and ask them.
     

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