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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by 59jazz, Jan 2, 2005.
RBV users, what strings do you use? Length? Thru body or bridge? Anyone use Elixrs on an RBV?
I actually do use a pair of elixirs on my rbV, run through the bridge I think. The sound is amazing, smooth, cuts through in the mix. Been using the same pair for over a year and it still sounds brand new!
I had a set of La Bella Slappers on mine and they fit perfectly. I also had a set of La Bella Super Steps and they were pretty good too I think.
bump for more ideas!!
Wow...it's been awhile! So far I have tried the following:
K Smith Burners (so far the best nickel round), LaBella Hard rockin Steels, Elixir Nano Webs, GHS Super Steels (didn't like these at all), Chromes, DR Hi-Beams Roto 555s (to gritty, lean bottom), and K Smith Slick Rounds. I'm back to the Burners, and would like to give the LaBella HR's a second try. I'd also like to try the Fender 8250's and the D'Adarrio XL's.
Currently La Bella Hard Rocking, just ordered four more sets after listening to a recording of my bass, sounded really well.
Rotosounds, seems to die fast...
DR, are ok but perhaps a bit sterile...
Elixir's was to noisy for me (statics when not contacting porperly thru coating)...
Only draw back for me on La Bella is that they may feel a bit sloppy, not sure.
Incidently La Bella's are what RB himself uses according to home page.
I dropped going thru body, often they would not reach over nut + takes too much time to change.
I just received my RBV in the mail today (Thanks, Pickles!), and after playing it for about 20 minutes, I've decided that I do not like the Prosteels that are on it. All clank, not much else.
Pickles also sent the bass with Elixers, Super Slinkies, and (IIRC) Sadowsky nickels, so I'll give those a try, starting with Elixers. Eventually when I finish my SX "slap bass" project I'll put TIs or Chromes on the RBV for a while, to see what works best.
I usually play thru the house mix and headphones; no amps on stage. The elixirs cut nicely thru the mix, and the HR's did too. The Chromes I felt were a great sounding string, full and punchy thru the house, and one could get a real nice warm growl by switching to the rear p/up in series. My issue with them was, that they were to stiff for my fretting hand, especially when it's cold on the stage. Btw, there's a discusion on LaBella HR's and Carvin Stainless strings in the string forum....................HR's in a Carvin pakage?....for $13.00.
Do you have a link to this discussion? I can't seem to find it.
Also, This is the strings forum. The title could use a bit more detail.
You're welcome -- enjoy. The elixers are good, especially on the B which is really warm and punchy. Hi beams were good. My Hard Rockin Steel set was clipped too short on the D and wouldn't fit. That'd be my first choice for a set if you were going to buy something. Love the B and E on that HRS set.
Carvin strings are cool but don't feel like HRS to me, at least the last time I tried them.
LaBella Hard Rockin' Steels: love 'em
Ken Smith Tapercore steels: love 'em
Elixir Nanowebs: love 'em
Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Flats: like 'em. That's high praise coming from a roundwound guy.
Rotosound RS-66 stainless rounds: like 'em.
D'Addario Slowounds: didn't like 'em.
Waiting in the wings:
LaBella Deep Talkin' Bass nylon tapes. I have a feeling I'll like these. I'll have to A/B 'em with the Jazz Flats.
I have sets of DR Hi Beams, Fat Beams, and Lo Riders lying around, but don't plan on trying 'em on my RB5 simply because I have a hunch I won't like 'em. This is because the DR strings tend to have a smooth modern vibe, and that's not what I look for from my RB5. If I change my mind it'll be to try the Lo Riders.
After more playing on the Prosteels, I like the feel (especially of the B string!) but not the tone. I need a good roundwound string set that would have more of a "vintage" quality and musical texture, while still retaining "that" slap tone? The Elixers?
I think you should try some GHS Pressurewounds. They've got enough zing to produce a good slap tone, but don't have overbearing highs and retain nice bottom. I used them on my Roscoe Beck awhile back before I started putting DR's on everything...
Hard Rockin Steels, amigo.