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Presto Jazzicato strings

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by malpasso, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. malpasso


    Apr 24, 2005
    Hi! I've done some search on the Presto Jazzicato double bass strings and have found only six results, most of them pretty old, from the time when they were going to be released. They are also the type "I'm willing to try check them out". Any more recent thoughts oand/or experiences on them?
  2. I am eager to try out Presto Hybrid Light, because they sound nice on the bow as well.

    What makes you check out the Jazzicato's? (besides the price :))
  3. malpasso


    Apr 24, 2005
    Thnaks for posting!
    I'm a an electric bass player. I've had TI Weichs on my Strunal 5/35 (laminated with carved top) for five years -100% pizzicato seeking a jazzy sound- Great strings I bought out of nearly unanimous recommendation from TBers. The've served me well, but I'd like to experiment with something nearer to gut (less tension, more thud, less boing)...

    I've taken a look at this link:

    ...which I've found extremely helful . I heartly recommend it to whoever is looking for string tone comparison and orientation.
    I like the sound of the Presto Nylon Nylonwounds sample. The Jazzicato seem to have been designed specially for pizzicato...but there is no sound sample of them-:(
  4. The Jazzicatos are similar in design to Labella 7710's.
    Flat black nylon tape on steel rope-core.
    They have more sustain and clarity than the classic Prestos. (called Eurosonics in North America)
  5. malpasso


    Apr 24, 2005
    Thanks, EUB_Player!
    That seems to be the way to go for my purposes!
  6. Furthermore, there are two sets available.
    The newer one is called Jazzicato Tungsten.
    In this one, the bottom strings have tungsten in the construction, so they are thinner than the "regular" Jazzicatos. (and possibly brighter too)
    My preference goes to the original design, but that's juste my taste.
  7. malpasso


    Apr 24, 2005
    That's neat, precise info, my friend!
    Thanks so much!

    Taking into account that I come from Weichs, do you think the nut will need some filing because of the thicker gauge?
  8. Not with the tungsten's!
  9. malpasso


    Apr 24, 2005
    ..then I think I'll give them a shot!

    Thanks again!

  10. malpasso


    Apr 24, 2005
    I visited that some time ago...still it's an arco example, not a pizzicato one!
  11. bassailor


    Feb 1, 2012
    i'm using the jazzicato tungsten on a full-ply strunal coffin, i use the bow a lot , slap and pizzicato, and i'm happy with these strings.the pizz tone is what they were born for,deep and fatround but not muddy,strong low end and good articulation in thumb position.bowing requires a lot of precision , a lot of rosin and a different approach, but the tone is very much "breathing" and rich, even on a poor man's instrument.gauge and tension are ok for me, good fingerfeeling, the price is good and the guys at presto are very kind.good strings for sure they deserve a try.
  12. malpasso


    Apr 24, 2005
    Graet ifo, Bassailor! Plenty of precise and useful data.
  13. malpasso


    Apr 24, 2005
    I went with the Presto Jazzicato Tungsten in the end. Happy with them in the sense that I got what i was looking for:Easy on the hands tension and less boing... and now I'm not so sure I can do without the boing!!!!

    I've just prepared a couple of sound samples for you to judge by yourselves. One is with my old Spiro weichs, the other one with my new Jazzicatos.



    I was doodling around when recording the samples: sorry not for not playing the same passage in both cases, but I think this could do for sound comparison purposes. Bear in mind that Spiros are much older. No EQ or compression in either case. Please use headphones and be conservative as regards volume levels.
    Opinions and comments welcome.
    Hallic likes this.
  14. 61pollmann

    61pollmann Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2005
    Are these available in USA?
  15. malpasso


    Apr 24, 2005
    As far as I know, they have always been referred to as "Eurosonics" in te. USA... But I've never heard of the Pizzicato Tungsten series outside Presto.;)
  16. A well known talkbass string expert corrected me that the Eurosonics were Presto Nylonwound (the first Presto strings that have been available, I think).

    The Jazzicato are higher tension strings and were released recently, even after the Presto Balance series.

    You can order them from Jonas Lohse in Germany, but have to pay VAT and customs when importing them outside the european community.