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Pizz string suggestions

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by JCartwright, Apr 3, 2015.


  1. JCartwright

    JCartwright

    Jun 11, 2008
    Manchester
    Hi,

    I'm looking to get some work done on my bass and to get a new set of string on it. It's a modern, student level hybrid bass, nothing special but it's what I could afford!

    I'm currently using spirocore mittels and I like the volume and articulation that they give but they are a bit on the bright side and the almost fretless bass like sustain is a real turn off for me, also I find the tension is more than I'd like.

    I'm looking for a string with a bit dryer top end and less sustain but still with that sort of percussive attack at the front of the pizz and a good amount of acoustic volume.

    I'm playing 100% pizzicato so I'm not too fussed if the sound like s*** with a bow!

    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
  2. Raise the strings up higher and let the Spiros age.
     
  3. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    ...or try Spirocore Weichs. Much mellower for me, but some of the same qualities.
     
  4. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Tallahassee
    I'm gonna go ahead and agree with the suggestions above. Let the spiros you have now die because they'll sound good soon. Patience is needed. If you don't like the tension of them now you don't want to raise the action. I found that the Weichs had more thump and were less bright to me because I was able to get the strings set higher then the mediums. My alternate suggestion is to get a set of Evah Pirazzi. They're great strings. Good sustain to me but not as zinngy as the spirocores. Heres a video so Thomson Kneeland playing his bass with a full set of Evahs. I think this video gives a good example of what they sound like, although you wont sound like Thomson Kneeland by changing strings. Try to separate the two haha.
     
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  5. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

    Jul 7, 2004
    Chicago
    I agree with Spiro Weichs or consider Zyex Lights. Darker, looser and may be just what you're looking for.
    I've been enjoying them for a while now. Evah Weichs are good strings but the tension feel seems more in line with
    Spiro Mittels, IME.
     
  6. JCartwright

    JCartwright

    Jun 11, 2008
    Manchester
    Thanks very much for the replies,

    I've had the current spiros on for about a year and they were on another bass for a bit before that so they've lost a fair bit of their original brightness but they aren't quite what I'm after.

    It's amazing how different different basses can sound, I've listened to a bunch of recordings of the Evah Pirazzis and they seemed to sound very dull and lifeless. He makes them sound wonderful though! Better get back to practicing...

    Any others worth checking out?
     
  7. Clarkybass

    Clarkybass Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2010
    Velvet Blues? Lower tension than Spiro Weichs even and not as bright

     
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  8. Reiska

    Reiska Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2014
    Helsinki, Finland
    Velvet Blues ( I haven`t tried those ), Animas or Compas 180 all have darker tone with plenty of sustain and acoustic volume but with nice low tension.
     
  9. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Tallahassee
    The Evahs sound pretty bright on my bass. My bass is naturally bright though. My experience with spirocores was good. I had a set on for about 2 years and I changed because I wanted a different arco string. It seems like your bass may be naturally bright so I would say that Evahs are the way to go. I personally (on my bass) feel differently about the tension between the Evah weich and regular. The regulars felt in the same ballpark as spiro medium, the Weich felt the same as Spiro Weich. My only issue against the velvet blues is that my teacher tried them and experienced breaking frequently. That may have just been his experience.
     
  10. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    I'm using Garbo's now with gut G. Dark and punchy.
     
  11. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

    Jul 7, 2004
    Chicago
    And around and around it goes again...all been said many times before.
     
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  12. MIMike

    MIMike

    Jan 1, 2013
    West MI
    I've used both Spiro's and D'Addario Helicore (pizz set). The Helicore's have always worked very well for me. I don't know if they would give you exactly what you are looking for, but I like them for straight pizz work. I'm not very sophisticated with my upright tone, so others are more qualified than me to advise. I just wanted to toss out an option that hadn't been mentioned yet
     
  13. Clarkybass

    Clarkybass Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2010
    True but to be fair answers evolve over time. I bet you have a different view to 2-3 years ago - plus it takes ages to research on TB once you start delving into the string mega threads!!!!!
     
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  14. misterbadger

    misterbadger Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Northern California
    +1 for Garbos. I was very happy with Evah Weichs, but the Garbos have real presence and power. Regular Garbo G now, but I'll try the gut G next time. Blues were much brighter and more metallic-sounding on my bass (only had them on a month, but they showed no sign of mellowing).
     
  15. Clarkybass

    Clarkybass Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2010
    Another suggestion would be Zyex Light, which have some of the character of Evah Pirazzi but are lower tension and slightly less dark. Here's a great review by fellow Brit DBer (and owner of Discover Double Bass, a great instructional site with which I have no affiliation)

     
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  16. JCartwright

    JCartwright

    Jun 11, 2008
    Manchester
    Thanks again for all the suggestions,

    I think the Velvet blues sound great, they seem a little more present than the evahs and I think the lower tension with a higher string height would work well for me. By the sounds of things they amplify very well too which is a bonus.

    I appreciate everything has been said many times before but this has been massively helpful, I was beginning to lose the will to live from all the contradictory opinions on the various string megathreads!
     
  17. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I gotta say I am pretty impressed with that Velvet Blues clip too. I've always been interested in Velvets, but Animas just shred my hands for some reason. I have sat in on Garbo basses before and love the feel and worry that they may be too dark out in the world for me. This Blues clip got my attention. If you go that way, be sure to post your impressions.
     

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