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Rods or Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by christos, Dec 20, 2000.

  1. Please help, I need strings that are very stiff for my G&L L-2500, I mean stiff like tiny bars....... Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.....

    .....if you groove it, they will come......
  2. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    put the lower 4 strings of a 5 string set on the top 4 strings and get a .145" for a low B. so, your gauges would be

  3. I have plenty of piano strings I could send you.

    Just kidding, They would put way too much tension on your neck, not to mention make your fingers look like hamburger meat.
  4. I actually thought about that...... But john turner made a better suggestion.......but the tension on the neck might still be too great.......
  5. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I've posted about these Rotos a couple times...

    Rotosound makes a set of "Extra Heavy Gauge" Swing Bass 66
    stainless roundwounds - RS 66LH. They're 130-105-80-65.

    Even though the E is 130 - a common B size - the "string
    geometry" (as GHS calls it) is such that the tension is
    within normal parameters when brought to pitch.
    IOW, they're meant to be tuned E-A-D-G .
    Then (like JT said) get a big ol' B - 145, 150, etc.
    With "cables" like these you might have to do some nut filin'.

    The RS 66LH set is available......ummmmm......around [​IMG]
    Uhhhhhh......I got a set that I won't be usin' anytime soon [​IMG]
  6. Just a quick question.. why do you want a set of strings that will be super stiff?
  7. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Excellent point `dere, Mr. ~boat! :D
    Way to spot the forest from `da trees!

    I think I got side-tracked with all this talk of O.D.
    It is a factor in stiffness, BUT...Mr. Christos didn't
    specify whether he wanted flats or rounds.

    I submit `dis `ere: The LaBella James Jamerson set.
    Flatwounds. 52-73-95-110 AND you can get a 128 B.

    Nothin' "large" about the O.D.'s , but these things are stiff.
    I'm talkin' cheap-plastic-nut-bustin' stiff :eek:

    The J/J set string length may be a problem though on that G & L.
    I don't know if the silk wrap would clear the nut.

    What's that so far?... my 4 cents? :p
  8. I really have no good explanation for my reasoning, but I just hate when a string feels sloppy..... I may just have to work on the way I set up my bass, I really don't want to warp the neck..... I was hoping someone knew of a stiffer material or a harder metal.........like I said though I have no good reason for this......Thanks for all the info.....
  9. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    You could try DR Lo-Riders. DR says they're designed to be stiff. Plus they sound REALLY good - look for my message entitled "Mystery Strings." They come in a .045-.065-.085-.105-.130 set, which is not super-huge, but they're stiff strings.

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