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P bass string opinions

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by brandorando0129, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. brandorando0129


    May 2, 2018
    Hey everyone, question for ya!

    I'm currently rockin my standard P bass with a set of labella flat lites, and I just dont think they are doing it for me. I've had them for about 6 months, and they sound pretty much dead like they are supposed too. I love the thump they give, but all that growl and rasp is what I'm after, with some good thump without to much highs. On my other bass, I'm using a set of nyxls that are great they feel great, but I think I want to go a different route. Yea I could turn up the bass some on my amp, but I'm wanting to try so stuff out.

    What do you recommend? Thanks
  2. Punchy lows, crunchy mids and not too much zing? GHS Pressurewounds!
  3. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    For long run, Elixir Nano SS or Nickel.
  4. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
    TI Flats have a good grunty growl to them, but not sure if they'd have the rasp you are looking for. Honestly I think what you might want is some broken in stainless steel strings, like some DR Fatbeams.
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  5. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    I love the NYXL strings too. If you like them, toss them on the P and roll back the tone control. Toss some foam under the strings near the bridge and you’ll have a monster P.

    I can get rounds to sound similar to flats (especially once they are dead). But I love the feel and playability of flats. P basses and flats are like peanut butter and jelly. They are classic!
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  6. Or, like "peas and carrots" according to Forrest Gump. :D
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  7. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN

    Exactly! As James Jamerson was quoted, "Why put guitar strings on a bass?". Flat wound strings are bass strings. :)
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  8. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    '78 P-Bass-2.JPG On a P-Bass? Flat wounds - the thumpier the better - and the mute in the bridge cover, too. Like my '78 P-Bass...:thumbsup:
    (Well, you did ask for opinions...:whistle:)
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  9. oldrocker


    Feb 13, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    You may want to try DR Sunbeams or TI Super Alloys. Seems you want rounds but not Steel rounds.
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  10. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

  11. J-Mags

    J-Mags Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2018
    Durham NC
    For not-too-bright rounds, regular GHS Boomers are great. I've also heard great things about GHS pressurewounds.
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