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Noob question: Is there a typical string used for finger funk?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by terribilino, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. terribilino


    Nov 22, 2008
    I'm just getting back into bass after 20 years, and I find that whenever I try anything funky on the G string, it feels like I'm playing a sitar. The strings on my bass are d'Addario roundwounds (EXL190 Long Scale 40-100). Is a heavier gauge generally used for finger funk, and a lighter for slap?

  2. wingnut


    Apr 18, 2007
    Las Vegas Nv.
    Everyone likes something different for slap, some say get the heaviest strings you can, others go light. Myself, I find it easier to use light gauge strings. When I was playing in a funk band I used to mix and match. I would use a lighter gauge E,A and a "normal" D and a fat G (a .50 usually). You used to be able to get a .55 from Dean Markley. Also try different settings on your amp. I found that by increasing the highs and lows and dipping the low mids a bit made it easier to get that nice bite while not sacrificing bottom end.
    Hope this helps.
  3. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    I use medium gauge strings for both and just EQ a bit different, but that's just me.

    Though they aren't ideal for slapping, for finger funk you may want to try a set of flats.

    For slap, I personally like medium gauge DR Hi-Beams, though any fairly bright string will work well, assuming you're looking for a "modern" slap tone.

    Hope that helps.
  4. Ossaris


    Mar 2, 2009
    Gainesville, FL
    That's so cool! I wish my bass felt like a sitar... Flea can make his bass sound like a Sitar. (Sorry for not being too helpful):bag:

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