POLL- The perfect stringset for a p bass?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by RumbleMan3, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. GHS pressurewounds

  2. GHS balanced nickels

  3. GHS precision flats

  4. FENDER 9050

  5. D’ADDARIO chromes

  6. ERNIE BALL slinky cobalt flats

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. RumbleMan3


    Apr 14, 2018
    No doubt this thread is gonna get a little controversial... so many good options here, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with any of them.

    I’ve heard many people SWEAR BY these strings on their p basses! Surely they can’t all be the best...

    can they?

    You decide!

    (I’ve allowed maximum 2 votes per person for the poll, for those who can’t decide)
  2. RumbleMan3


    Apr 14, 2018
    Bump :)
  3. BBQV


    Feb 13, 2010
    Uppsala, Sweden
    I use GHS Precision flats on one of my P-basses, my favorite flat wound string.
    Otherwise DR LoRiders are my choice of strings, but they were not an option...
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  4. No such thing as "perfect string" or even "best string"; just different tools for different jobs. I've tried all but the EB Cobalt on my P and they all have their places in one's tool box.

    I do have one more set to try out on my P - GHS Brite Flats (Alloy 52 half-rounds) - to see how they compare with the rest of the lineup.
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  5. wow no la bella on that poll...
  6. e-flat


    Jun 15, 2009
    Washington State
    Of those options provided, I chose P Flats & Balanced Nickels - one for traditional thump, one for vintage-voiced versatility.
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  7. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    we can only hope. :laugh:
  8. makaspar

    makaspar Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Austin, TX
    No LaBella, no TI?
  9. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    I've done flats from Fender, Ernie Ball (slinky?), Markley blue steels, LaBella, D'addario Chromes, TI, Pyramid, and even Sadowsky. I liked them all in varying degrees, but DR Lo-riders are my favorites. What?

    Yes, that's right, I no longer use flats on my 1955 P-bass or my '62 AVRI P-bass!
    Ooooh! the HUMANITY. LOL.

    Seriously, any strings you like will work. IMHO, there is no perfect string for any given instrument. There is only good for you and your bass for now.

    Things change. Always.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2020
  10. trothwell


    Apr 9, 2008
    If I had only one bass (and, for the sake of discussion here, let's say it was a Precision bass), I would almost certainly use GHS Balanced Nickels.

    And in fact I do have Balanced Nickels on my Precision bass right now. Sounds great.

    However, I have recently been using Round Core Bass Boomers on my Jazz bass. Uh-oh! The solo'd front pickup of the Jazz bass with these strings sounds pretty close to my Precision bass with the Balanced Nickels.

    Of course, they both sound good, but I am thinking I may need to switch strings on one or the other, just so they don't overlap too much.
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  11. Juststanley


    Aug 11, 2014
    Hmmm...which toilet paper to hoard ?
  12. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    TI jazz flats
  13. GrassBass


    Sep 4, 2018
    Thomastik flatwounds, second place to Daddario Chromes.
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  14. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    There is no perfect string set for a P. And shouldn't the tread say something like "the perfect non round wound string set for a P Bass"?

    LaBellas, TI Flats and Pyramids were excluded. Those are top contenders for flat wounds.
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  15. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    +1 on La Bella flats.
  16. Kenova


    May 5, 2010
    Zagreb (Croatia)

    Here is my clip, Chromes FTW!
  17. FishDub

    FishDub Stuck in the 80s and happy about it Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    None of the above...TI jazz flats
  18. Britbonic

    Britbonic Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    Not a PBass but I had a set of the GHS Balanced Nickels briefly on a SR5 and then for a long time on my Moollon J5. I really wanted to like them but they just didn't work well for either bass. They were a tad too slinky and a bit too warm for a round - maybe that's the point. Or maybe I should try them on one of my PBasses;)
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  19. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    You need nickel plated steel rounds as a choice - the most widely used flavor of strings are no doubt a popular choice.
  20. trothwell


    Apr 9, 2008
    Yes, I think "too warm" is a good description. I like them exactly because they nicely occupy the sonic space between flatwound and roundwound, I think better than groundwound or pressurewound, even though they are, in fact, roundwound. I found them a great replacement for (and, in most points, an improvement over) Labella quarter round strings.
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