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NSD D'Addario ProSteels

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Jonathan C, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. Jonathan C

    Jonathan C Supporting Member

    May 31, 2016
    Holbrook, NY
    My journey started 3 years when I started playing bass after 30+ years away (crazy, right?) was instantly removing the Fender NPS rounds on each new bass I purchased and stringing with Labella flats, then settling on Chromes. My newly initiated fingers could not tolerate the rough roundwound strings, though I liked the sound with the cover band I joined.
    Lots of EQ gave me a tolerable bright enough sound that I stuck with the chromes on my P, PJ, and Jazz for the next 2 years. I moved on to a quieter 3 piece band with 2 electrified acoustic guitars and the flats worked well with that mellow sound. Fast forward to 6 months ago when I joined my current original rock project. I was playing though a very clean (sterile) Genz Benz Shuttle 6.2 combo, and wanted a more aggressive re: AMPEG tone. Based on reviews I switched over one of my Jazz basses to Dunlop Super Bright Nickels and they were a revelation. Had LaBella copper whites on my MIM fretless Jazz, but never played it. For that bass I purchased a Geddy Lee neck and strung with the Super Brights as well and loved that sound as well. My Select P wound up with GHS Precision Flats, you know everyone says you need a P bass with flats, right? In November I bought a new V4B reissue with SVT 212, adios Genz Benz (I miss how frigging light it was!). Then I tried the GHS balanced nickels and fell in love with the feel and tone of those. I'm glad I'm not as fickle about my relationships in life, not sure my past relationships would agree....LOL
    Not the most adept finger style player (I can't get used to using a pick) I felt the Balanced nickels were too flexible especially for my right hand, and I thought the "piano tone" might be in order for our band with that growly Ampeg rig.
    Fast forward to yesterday, armed with my Select P and newly strung with ProSteels, wow!
    The tone and feel I'm looking for! Using the EPS 170's they feel just right for resistance and my left hand has no complaints about the roughness or tension compared to where I came from 3 years ago. For the time being, these are my go to string, but is anyone ever content?
    I've never tried Ernie Ball, Dean Markley, or DR (and others). I'd love to hear about other players similar or not experiences. Thanks for reading about my journey through stringland!
    Strings matter.
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  2. gigetto


    Sep 25, 2019
    I'm quit well impressed on long lasting of these Prosteel EXL 220 these on my Jazzooon are still bright and with consistent tension, not floppy after six month of use quite like daily. A good strings and good tone that don't disappear, not superb as competitors strings but tonally interesting and not invasive mantain these characteristic all long life of the strings withouth fast decay or suddenly die.
  3. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    Have things changed, two and a half years later?
  4. Jonathan C

    Jonathan C Supporting Member

    May 31, 2016
    Holbrook, NY
    The answer is yes. Only one bass of my 6 wears Prosteels, my Epiphone Thunderbird Vintage Pro. That bass sadly is going up for sale on here due to I could never find a comfortable position standing with it. Stupid strap button on the heel of the neck, never understood that. If you have any belly at all it leans away from you. My Fender Elite Jazz wears Dunlop Super Bright Nickels. My EBMM Stingray 5H Special, Fender P Select, Fender Active Drluxe, and MIM Jazz all wear GHS Pressurewounds now. Chasing the sound I hear had made me buy different amps, currently (Mesa WD-800) and speakers (Revsound RS-210 & RS-115T), pickups, preamps, etc. For for the time being I'm done changing anything hopefully! Like others here, when something new comes along there is a risk of GAS.
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