Overated Diaddario's

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Russy, Jul 2, 2003.

  1. I just bought a new set of diaddario's and expected a great set of strings with good life in them. They sound pretty good but, within a couple of days I could hear and feel them going. In a couple of weeks they just sounded dull. I paid about 50$ at the shop and a set of Ernie Balls was just 40$. I have had Ernie Balls and I think they are far superior to Diaddario's. I will never waste my money on them again. Have any of you have a bad experience like this with Diaddario's?.
  2. 50 bucks? You got hosed.
    I pay 23 bucks for them in Toronto, and that's canuck currency (sp.).
    I have never had problems with D's.
    Maybe you could try boiling them perhaps?
    Maybe you should wash your hands before playing your plank my friend?

    Slap mah fro?
  3. Bryan_G


    Apr 28, 2000
    Austin, Texas
    They don't last that long for me either, but I can't say they are any worse than any other strings. I guess its my body chemistry or something, but strings loose their zing very fast with me. If I am doing something important and want my bass to sound nice and bright, I will put a new set of strings on it. Otherwise I just let them go. Wipe down your bass and wash your hands, it will help.
    Was the store small? One time I bought a set of ghs strings from a very small shop. They had probably been on the shelf for 5+ years. I didn't think anything about it at the time(I had just started playing), but they were total crap. Can you tell if it was an old set?
  4. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    D'Addario XL's and Ernie Bass nickels seem exactly the same to me. :meh:
  5. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    check his location. That's a long way to go.
  6. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
    Is that a 4 string set? Where do you get them in TO?

    I've had mine on for almost a year, and they sound great still. I'll likely change them on the year. And if you're wondering, I play several times a week, both basses. I just try to keep my hands clean and wipe down the strings. I've never noticed a problem with sweating hands on anything like that.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Steve's music in Toronto generally has really good prices on strings. I have never had any problems with D'Addario's. I find them to last a long time if you keep them clean.
  8. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    I figure I've used about 300 sets of D'Addarios over the years (mostly XL170 sets). I've never had even one bad string and they seem to last just fine for me, but like any other string, you have to keep them (and your hands) clean.:bassist:
  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Yup - I would say that D'Addarios are generally under-rated - I've never had a bad set of Slowounds and these are far and away the best sounding strings I've ever used.

    I was on a Summerschool, with a pro Jazz bassist and gave him a 6-string set which I had had on for over 6 months and he liked them so much, he used that same set on the next studio recording he did!!