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Sadowsky "Blue Label" nickels

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by gustobassman, Jul 13, 2013.


  1. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    I took a trip to Bass San Diego this morning to get some strings. I usually use the Sadowsky Black Label nickel 5 string set as i prefer the tension of nickels tuned a half-step down and my bridge can only fit a taperwound B. They were out of the 5 string Blacks, so i went with the Blues.

    Chris at Bass San Diego said these Blue Label nickels are "new" and come from a different manufacturer than the Black Labels. I had read that the Black Labels were from LaBella, and Chris wasn't sure where the blue labels came from. Anyone else have any info or experience with these? I feel that the Black Labels lose their "zing" rather quickly and im wondering if the Blues will do the same.

    My first impression is that they are a higher tension than the Black Labels. The sound seems "slightly" more robust than the Blacks, but I'm at home, not in a band context right now. So far so good though....
     
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Well they're not really new, they've been around for a while now. Like you I found them pretty high tension and mellow sounding...no real zing or snap to them. They reminded me of Dean Markley NickelSteels or Dunlop Nickels, all sounded pretty much the same. Good strings if you don't like a lot of zing.
     
  3. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    Yeah, the high tension was the first thing i noticed. The Blacks definitely win in that category. I had been using plain old D'Addario's forever, but once my only bass became the Brute i had to come up with another solution. No regular B string will fit in the bridge.
     
  4. Dredmahawkus

    Dredmahawkus

    Nov 4, 2012
    Boston
    Wow I put them on my EBMM classic and I thought they had low tension! compared to my 2 basses with superalloys and another with chromes those are my lowest tension strings! I love the feel and sound of them! mellow yet boomy. they sound great on a sterling!
     
  5. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Quite honestly, the best B string I've ever used on my Brute is a D'Addario .135 tapered. I was quite shocked! The GHS Progressive .135 was pretty good but lacks the definition of the D'Addario. Circle K .136 was the next best, followed by a bunch of crap not worth mentioning :)

    You can get single D'Addario's at www.bassstringsonline.com for dirt cheap!
     
  6. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    Wow.. thanks! I didn't know D'Addario had a tapered B!!! That may be my next step. I absolutely love the old-school blue packaged bright D'Addarios. They last forever and just feel "right"...

    I can definitely say that after the jam tonight, there is little to no "top end" with the Sadowsky nickel Blues. Much higher tension than the Black label nickels. I really do like the Black labels, they die so quickly though!



    EDIT: just checked out bassstringsonline.com :eek: :eek: :bassist: :hyper:

    I really had no idea i could get the D'Addarios with a tapered B. Hey mmbongo, you just made my night man! Thanks!!
     
  7. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner Mo's Shop & MBD - Tech Nordstrand Supporting Member

    May 25, 2003
    Redlands, CA
    Endorsing artist: Nordstrand - Genzler Amplification - Sadowsky - Dunlops Strings - DR Strings
    what's 'crap' for you might be just right for others :rolleyes:

    M
     
  8. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    Well, to his point.... he might've felt other brands were "crap". I can say that there are some brands of everyday products not relating to bass guitars at all that i think are "crap". "Toilet-worthy" might be a better term... :p

    Yes, "crap" is in the eye (or hands) of the beholder i guess...
     
  9. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner Mo's Shop & MBD - Tech Nordstrand Supporting Member

    May 25, 2003
    Redlands, CA
    Endorsing artist: Nordstrand - Genzler Amplification - Sadowsky - Dunlops Strings - DR Strings
    well still, there's so much great quality stuff out there and just because it doesn't work for 'you' doesn't mean it is crap!

    Different playing technique, different instrument, different style of music… different choices/results!

    But hey, what ever works in the end :smug:

    M
     
  10. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    So i will say that after a week and a gig of using the Sadowsky Blue Label nickels i can say that they definitely have no top end and are major finger burners with the higher tension. I might as well have been using flats.

    I really liked the Black labels... they lose their zing after one gig (IMO), but have a much nicer feel on the digits. The Blues tore my fingers up! Granted, im playing pretty fast rock/punk (kinda) but i think i'm going back to D'Addarios.

    NO, wait.. i AM going back to D'Addarios.