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some stringy advice

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by red-hot-bassist, Nov 6, 2001.


  1. red-hot-bassist

    red-hot-bassist

    Sep 18, 2001
    glasgow
    As you will now see by my signature I know have a fretless bass, I juat got it second hand. The strings that came with it are pretty much strings for a fretted bass. I have a funny feeling that these are not the best strings for my bass. I am not very in 'the know' about strings at all, In fact on my fretted bass i still use the factory strings which are probably **** but I aint got no money so there ya go. I do know have a job though and I was think i should probabaly invest in some strings for my fretless. what do you recommend?
    Thanks
     
  2. Thomguy

    Thomguy

    Oct 15, 2001
    New York, USA
    I suggest flatwounds is you're looking for more of a low-end, less-trebley, Carol Kaye/Barney Miller theme type of thump. I prefer nickel flats. If you want flat but bright, go with some stainless or other metals.
     
  3. red-hot-bassist

    red-hot-bassist

    Sep 18, 2001
    glasgow
    thanks a lot. for fretted basses when a versatile sound is required, what sortof string would be reccommened, i dont really have the money to buy and try.
     
  4. Thomguy

    Thomguy

    Oct 15, 2001
    New York, USA
    I would suggest a stainless roundwound with a nickel plated outer wrap for a softer feel (and softer on your frets) and tone. You'll be able to shape your tone to accent either the steely punch or the nickel thump. GHS makes a plated steel, as do we, Thomastik-Infeld (Powerbas EB344 for a 4 string 345 for a 5) To save $ go to the superstores like GC or Sam Ash. If there are none near you, try these mail order/online outfits:

    www.mostring.net (1-877-999-2392)
    www.juststrings.com (1-800-822-3953)
    www.bigcitystring.com (203-371-8117)
    www.kradl.com (815-741-3989)
    www.elderly.com (517-372-7880)
    www.legatoguitars.com (703-660-8599)
    www.mixedcompany.com (678-584-1975)
    www.gtrs4u.com (770-640-7047)
    www.melbay.com (1-800-8MEL-BAY)
    New Age Strings (610-678-3057)
    http://rfd.cc/bpstrings/ (718-358-1750)
    www.georgebenson.com
    www.muzichut.com
    www.guitarcellar.com
     
  5. red-hot-bassist

    red-hot-bassist

    Sep 18, 2001
    glasgow
    thnaks a lot, i will be buying soon
     
  6. Thomguy

    Thomguy

    Oct 15, 2001
    New York, USA
    You're welcome. Please keep us posted...