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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by 4Mal, Oct 22, 2013.
Well a Peavey Millenium actually but it has a very Ray like vibe...
Fender Pure Nickels or Roto Nickels.
I'm generally a fan of stainless steel strings. My go to string right now are Dean Markley Helix HD stainless. Specifically because they are fatter and deeper speaking that a lot of other steel strings. a pretty special low-mid and mid-range. and they have a more natural quality in the highs. Whereas a lot of steels can have an unpleasant spike in the high mids. they are also a little more flexible, due to having a smaller core precentage VS. the wrap.
I like Rotos a lot, too. But despite a fat low end and a special high mid, they have a slinky quality where you can hear the outer wraps on some especially bright basses. I'm not sure I'd like them on a maple board, if that's what you have.
For nickel plated, rotos nickel Swing bass 66 are quite good. If you don't want silk ends, the plain "rotobass" strings are the same/similar string, without silk. Roto's nickel plated strings don't have the outer wrap slinky issue.
I also really like labella's nickel plated. fat and sweet.
Perhaps trying a coated round like D'Addario EXP's? You get classic roundwound sound, but with less bite.
Honesty, the only way to get more "fatness" or depth from a string is to switch types: going with a flatwound.
Nickel rounds or flats, maybe try sticking a piece of foam down by the bridge.
+100 to Roto Nickels.
I used them on a Ray for a while and I loved the tone. Never had much luck with flats, they sound great on a P-Bass but I personally hated them on Ray.
Also had some wins with DR Hi-Beams; if you cut the treble they can sound pretty fat.
But Roto Nickels are the winners IMHO
XL's medium really fattened up my jazz, While keeping enough of the "round sound" But chrome lights on my other jazz 5-er has most of that "round sound" with a really nice growl.
DR Nickle Lo-Riders. If I have a bass that is too bright those are my go to string. They have a Hex core so they are slightly higher tension. If you want you could use the DR Sunbeams, those are also nickle. They have a Round core so they do not have as high a tension.
You can always try GHS Pressurewounds. To me, they start out like a well-worn in set of roundwounds, and then mellow a bit more. I've used them quite a bit when playing in smaller groups or theatre pits where I need to have more low end to support the group, but still retain some articulation and tone.
GHS Pressurewound Demo: New / Old Strings
I put Rotosound Swing 66's on my top-heavy basses.
That, and lower the pickup height as much as possible. It helps.
+1 my new favorite
Ralphe Armstrong, Nathan Watts or Anthony Jackson.
Intruiging... I'm looking for a particular blend of flat and round characteristics.
I like the midrange response of rounds played near the bridge, the expressive dynamics, and pliable feel. What I miss from flats is:
- The powerful attack (Like an iron fist in a velvet glove)
- The strong fundamental
- The slightly dry sound
Will the pressurewounds give me some of these qualities?
DR Sunbeams to fatten up any bass (previously strung with steels, that is)
I'd bet Circle K's would complement a stingray really well.
When I had my Milly, DR Sunbeams were the clear winner for me. Nice and fat, and since the bass is 35" scale the lighter tension and round core feel fantastic.
I think that, once the Pressurewounds settle in, they will give you the tonal qualities you are looking for. At the beginning, they're closer to rounds but that does change, and once they settle, that tone sits there for a loooooong time.
I put some Fodera nickels on my Stingray today, and what a blast!
Really fat and even, recommend them!
Have had Fender flats, TI Jazz rounds and something else on that before... oh yes and TI flats
Nice for your fingers too.
I use Sunbeams on both of my Stingrays to tame the glass cutting highs and the subsonic lows. A very nice string that is clear and warm (IMO)
I stopped using Roto's years ago due to fret wear (of the SS versions) and the extra string tension which J basses don't like.
Perhaps that has changed over the years.
Ernie Ball Regulars.