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So, do you think it's true?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Traveler, Jul 19, 2001.

  1. Traveler


    Jun 26, 2001
    Greenwood, AR.
    Well really, maybe this should be in the gig stories section, but it has to do with strings anyway. There's a guitar player round here, pretty good, plays a lotta clubs just for the free beer and a little cash. His band mostly pays blues, and he was impressed with my bass playing (cuz mosta the bassists round here are jackasses that play easy and think they are good). So I did my first gig ever as a bass player Saturday night. This guy walks up to me beforehand, though, and asks me bout my strings on my two basses. I tell him I play EB slinkies on my Alvarez, and D'addario chrome flats on my Carvin. He says, "Well Im a bass player too, and I happen to be an expert on strings." We get to talking, and he says he thinks he knows what kinda music I play cuz of the strings I use. He thinks I play punk on my Alvarez, and Reggae on my 6-string. I have never even heard much reggae, and I absolutely HATE punk music. So, needless to say I was insulted, but I politely told him that he was wrong. So he says that's because Im inexperienced and dont know the sounds that come along with the strings, and I should put strings on that more suited my style of music.

    So what do you guys think about this? Do you think strings should be put on by music genre or personal preference? And do you think that someone could really guess what kind of music an experienced bass player plays by the strings that are on his bass? Personally, I think the idea is ludicrious, but what do you guys say?
  2. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    That should have been your first indication of a toxic level of jackassanisity being in the room.
    Even the gurus who make and design strings can't agree on string-related issues.

    His ability to tell what kind of music you play by your strings is about as unenlightened as me saying, "I bet he played a Jackson to make a dummass statement like that."

    Put the right person on some DR Hi Beams and they can make them sound like flatwounds.
  3. I think you should play what you want. I like playing Rush songs on my fretless Yamaha with TI flats, that's about as far as you can get from Geddy Lee's setup. Do what you want.
  4. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    They do actually make certain strings for certain kinds of music. Here's some I know for sure:

    Blue Steel - for Blues
    D'angelico - for Gospel
    Ernie Ball - for Ballroom music
    GHS - Gay High School band music
    Pyramid - Egyptian Music of course

    It's all common sense. You needed an expert to fill you in?

    D'addario however is for Italian music, not Reggae. Maybe the flats threw him.
  5. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    wow i really need some of those strings ;)


  6. That is the dumbest thing I've heard in quite a while. "Expert," my heinie.
  7. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Well, he's a guitarist, ain't he? :rolleyes:
  8. Gay High School????????????

    That's all i get??????????

    I thought more of...well...crap.......oh!

    Great High Schor (last name)
  9. travatron4000


    Dec 27, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    That guy was full of it. I'd have to say the only thing any one could say is if you use these strings and they're this old on this bass made at this time from this company through this amp wilth these settings with this style of playing it might sound like a guy who plays this kind of music. I've just listed 5 things that would determine the tone of your bass one of them was the brand of string. Anyway, matching the tone of a genera is only important if the player thinks it is. What's imporntant is that the player sounds like he/she wants to sound like. It's art, isn't it?

  10. That is Hell-airious!
  11. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    That dude sounds like a genius. You should have had him critique your amp and the rest of your equipment. In fact, maybe the owners of Talkbass should give him his own forum here. It sounds like a lot of us are misdirected and in need "expert" advice.

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