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Roundwounds for Fender American Precision Deluxe

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by pschelfh, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. pschelfh


    Dec 26, 2007
    I've never really cared about the sound of strings until now :

    A few months ago I bought a new Fender P American Deluxe. I absolutely loved the growly aggresive sound. But a few weeks ago I had to put new strings on it and it seems to have lost the 'growl'. I first thought this was because they were new, but I already did some concerts with it and still no growl.

    I always used D'Addario nickel wounds EXL160 for my other basses, but with the Fender P, I don't really like their sound, still aggresive but no growl.

    Can someone recommend some 'growly' roundwounds?
    Or does someone know what strings Fender puts on their new P basses when they come from the factory?

  2. Mesa XI

    Mesa XI

    Feb 25, 2009
    I personally use Ernie Ball Super Slinky's. They have a bit of a higher tone than you may be looking for, but get a slight rattle against the frets (is that what you meant by growl?). They're cheap, but wear out after a couple of months. If you're a slapper they have a particularly nice pop to them.
  3. Mr. Ray

    Mr. Ray

    Feb 20, 2009
    Fender stock strings are nickel 8250 45 to 110 for string thru with a taper E. If you want growly Rotosound Stainless Swing. Another good string is the DR Hi-Beams Stainless
  4. pschelfh


    Dec 26, 2007
    Thanks for the tips! Hope I can find the Fender strings here in Belgium.

    The 'growl' is the mid tone of the Fender P, I guess. I have no other bass that comes close (Fender J, MusicMan and a couple of Ibanez basses).

    I did get close again with my D'Addario strings on a gig last saturday, just had to turn down the bass a bit on my amp.


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