please tell options for Low tension Strings on a Vintage Kay

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner [DB]' started by Dennis Ramsey, Nov 14, 2021.

  1. So , Since I know nothing about Double Basses or Strings or how to play a Standup, I'm hoping for some clues on Strings... I'm thinking lower tension ... not overly expensive set... My goals are to sit in a room by myself and decide if I can develop a bit of self satisfying moments with this instrument.

    I hope to find a decent set of strings that allows me to experiment with both Plucking and use with a bow ....

    I have no bow at the moment yet have looked at a beginners option of a Brazilwood Double Bass Bow from Gollihur.
    If you know of a decent alternative at a lesser price please let me know.

    Opinions are appreciated and considered.

    Last edited: Nov 14, 2021
  2. Greg Clinkingbeard

    Greg Clinkingbeard Commercial User

    Apr 4, 2005
    Kansas City area
    Black Dog Bass Works
    Kaplan lights
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  3. Thanks Greg, I’m venturing out to the other areas of DB forum and finding out more about strings and learning proper terms….


    So much to learn…. Glad I’m retired lol
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  4. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Kolstein Heritage strings
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  5. turf3


    Sep 26, 2011
    Get some standard strings and a teacher.

    Also, check string height at the nut, most basses have it set way too high.

    The hundreds of thousands of bassists who successfully play on standard tension strings using standard technique is a pretty convincing demonstration that it's possible.
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