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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Figjam, Feb 8, 2006.
Hmm? Never tried Sadowskys....
The tapered B intrigues me.
I like the Low Riders over the Shadowskys (tighter feel and seem to last longer) but they are both good strings. Buy a set, put 'em on & tell us what you think!
The low riders feel smoother and have a more "raw" tone. The sadowskys have a much better B string (be sure to adjust your intonation after the switch) but a much rougher feel, and a smoother, clearer top end. The Sadowskys are just a tiny bit stiffer feeling, and like the neck to be set with near zero relief for best results.
However, I assume you are puting this on the stingray 5? In which case the B string will sound great with any old string you decide to put on there. Stingray 5s are wierd like that
I thried these two sets on a MV5, and agree about the B string. Tapered B's definately sound better to me.
So if i were to put them on a HH SR5, you'd suggest sadowskys?
How bout a 4 string set on a Sterling? Still suggest sadowskys or no?
Main reason i ask is because i hear the LR SS chew frets quite badly..
Not to jump the thread but the HH I got to ab at bass central EB Hybrid Slinkys on it,and they sounded damn good,but I had both of the DR's and Sadowskys on mt MS5,but I'm using Dean Markley Custom Signatures with the Sadowsky Tapered B
Also, are there any nickel strings with a nice bright tone and decently high tension?
Hey Figjam, I use Sadowskys and the tapered B is great, great tension, tone and feel. Having said that I use Hi Beams on my MIA 2004 Jazz Deluxe 5, they just suit the bass better. I would'nt get to worried about chewing frets, I know you are waiting on your HH SR5 and like most of us when we get a new intrument we want to 'protect it'. Just play the damn thing and enjoy it, in 20 years playing (2/3 gigs a week) I have never got to a point on any of my basses where they need a re-fret or indeed grinding. As for nickels the best I've ever used are DR Sunbeams, I had them on a SR5 I used to have and they suited the bass very well.
Depends on the tone you're going for, and whether or not you like a real coarse feeling string. On my Rays, its all about high beams and sun beams since I play mostly fingerstyle and prefer the round core feel, and smooth texture of the strings. And the low B is great with them.
For ultra crisp, ultra defined pitch slap the sadowskys are great, though actually I have never tried them on a stingray, so I can't be completely sure how they'd compliment it. I think they'd be pretty sweet though. I'd say the same about a 4 string set.
Sadowskys would chew your frets as much or more than the SS lo riders, but I wouldn't worry about that.
On more thing ... sadowsky strings sound best to me when fresh, where DRs seem to sound better after they settle in ... so I get more milage out of DRs, but I have to put up with a week of sound thats too raw.
On more monkey wrench. A string set with a DR-like sound and feel, but a better B string and slightly different tone and feel is Rotosound Swing Bass 66. I just put some on my MTD 535 and they are really kickin. A little less mids, but a great tone. Only problem is insanely ugly red silk, but I think you can get them without.
You'll get to try the skinkys that come on your 5'er. Unfortunately they are regular slinky (45,65,80,100,130) ... I hate sets like that. Stiff D, G, and B, with a floppy A and E.
Slinkys are a "nickel set with good tension". I like them.
Im going to give Sadowsky Nickels a try. They have a hexagonal core, like the DR LR's so i think the tension will be nicce, and they are nickel, which accomplishes that goal as well. Im trying a set on my sterling, if i like em i will use them on my 5er once it comes as well.
I think you'll like them, but note that the nickels have a little less stiff of a feel than the stainless for some reason. My comments above were about the stainless set. The nickels are also easier on the fingers.
I'm a big fan of sadowskys. Their tone anyway, they don't seem to last as long as other strings. Then again, I've had this set since about mid-october and I'm really just noticing now.
Agreed, I was never crazy about slinky's but I think these were the Hybrid Slinkys,because the mids really stood out on these
Mid-october? Quite a long time for me, i usually go about 2 motnhs.
Figgy, I thought Dargin recently over at the EB forum said that EB's don't take well to tapered strings. Just a thought.
Tapered B strings work much better for me, too.