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Recommend me some "vintage" sounding strings!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by KeithBMI, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. I can't seem to make up my mind. Flatwounds are cool, but I actually find them to be too warm for my tastes. On the other hand, roundwounds are too bright for me, I hate that metallic sound that steel strings give you, and the only nickel string I've used has been a GHS bass boomer set, which I hear is not the best string in the world.

    I've been looking around and it seems I have a lot of options. :smug:

    I could go with a halfwound, which is supposed to be the middle of the road between a flatwound and a roundwound, but I have yet to hear a soundclip of these types of strings.

    There are also nylon strings. On the Fender site, they are black in color and look like they have a flatwound feel to them, so I'm wondering if they might be going into the flatwound area too much.

    There is also something called a Nylon Filament Roundwound, which is supposed to have a brighter sound, but again, I have yet to hear a sounclip.

    Then of course there are nickel strings, but I really wish to have a sound that combines a flatwound and roundwound.

    I play in a classic rock/blues/jam band.

    If someone could offer some insight into "vintage" sounding strings, I'd be greatful. If you could post sound clips of the different types of strings, that'd be plain awesome.

    Thank you for reading this long post.

    P.S. I have a Fender Jazz Deluxe and run it through a SVT-3 Pro and SVT-410 HLF if that helps.
  2. DavePlaysBass


    Mar 31, 2004
    TI flats
  3. 6-3-2


    Sep 20, 2003
    My favorite nickel, that I've played, has been the DR Sunbeams. I wouldn't call them "vintage" though, they are still decently bright, but not overly so. I have read that Thomastik-Infeld have a more "growly" tone, so perhaps that's a string you might try.
  4. SGT. Pepper

    SGT. Pepper Banned

    Nov 20, 2005
    Fender 7150's Pure Nickel Roundwounds. They have the thud of a Flatwound but can be made bright by tweaking you tone knob. They are very pecussive for a roundwound and not too zingy like nickel plated steel rounds.
  5. DR Lo-Riders or Sunbeams.
  6. Joe Smithberger

    Joe Smithberger Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2002
    Canton, Ohio, USA
    Dean Markley NPS round core nickels. These are deep and round sounding roundwounds.
  7. Thanks for the tips everyone.
  8. You may want to try tapewounds as well..........I have used them on a fretless with decent results.
  9. zoloo


    Jun 7, 2005
  10. Beefbass

    Beefbass Guest

    Feb 4, 2001

    +1 :hyper:
  11. snowdan


    Feb 27, 2006
    dr lo-riders are by no means vintage sounding strings! never!
  12. nemo


    Mar 19, 2004
    +2 :bassist:

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