Rock/hard-rock/slap sound: gauge?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Ced777, Jul 20, 2003.

  1. Ced777


    Jul 15, 2003
    Hi guys,

    I sum up: I play a Status Energy bass on a Hartke HA+ Vx410 set.
    I play rock / hard rock mainly and love slap (I begin).
    I'm a real beginner and will have to change my strings for the first time.
    I thought about Ernie Ball / GHS/ D'addario /DR because they are easy to find. Maybe Ernie Ball they have a good reputation here, it seems.

    Gauge?: 45-100 or 45-105. Is it ok?

    For what I play and my style, what gauge and brand would you choose?? Someone said GHS are very "middy" and not good for slap.

  2. Asaf


    Jun 9, 2003
    IMO and with my taste, i think that 105-045 are great.
    as for brand i use ken smith, D'addario, La Bella
    and now i got a set of Dean Markley nickel which is really nice similler to the ken smith but les smooth.
    as for your style i say go for ken smith NICKEL.
    or the dean markley nickel also - take the cheapper one !! :D :D

  3. .105 round wounds, maybe think about getting the steels instead of the nickels if you play a lot of slap. They have a bit more zing to them.

    I personally am not a fan of Ernie Ball, they don't seem to last very long.

    If you're just beginning, type of string shouldn't really have too much of an effect anyway.
  4. find out what flea from Red Hot Chilli Peppers use hes da funk daddy and one bad asre bassit [ who slaps :p] but overall type shouldet matter to you , sinse you're a beginner :p
    so rock [or slap :p] kn :bassist: :bassist: :bassist:
  5. Ced777


    Jul 15, 2003
    Dean Markley is easy to find. Ken Smith is not imported in France...

    45-105 ok guys!

    I would like to try a balanced brand of string. Not too bright, not too mellow, not too loose or tight. I bought the bass with old strings (I suppose) and would like to see if I like the brightness of new strings. But don't want very bright strings.

    I think I will try Dean Markley nickel or Ernie Ball nickel (Slinky?).... or D'addario??

  6. Asaf


    Jun 9, 2003
    i just tried the dean markley nickel and they are cool...
    all new strings will sound very bright at first
    stainless steel sounds more brighter then nickel
    but they are harsh on the fingers.
    when i was a newbie i always used stainless steel
    cause they were cheapper...and i didn't know the diffrence..:D :D
    but once my local luthier and some good bassplayers told me the diffrence i decided to stay with nickel for life !!
    i know dean markley has a brand which they sell
    2 sets in a price of one so buy these they will be good for you, if no try the d'addarios they are cool also.