sometimes all it takes is a new set of strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by pcake, Jul 21, 2020.

  1. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i used to love to play my little green mikro, but when the strings i usually use went dead, d'addarios didn't totally make me happy. they weren't bad, but i found myself playing other basses more.

    i tried some extra light short scale fender strings on it recently, and the magic is back. i find myself playing it for hours every day. it doesn't just sound better, the strings are so responsive.

    isn't it amazing the difference the right strings can make?
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  2. Samatza


    Apr 15, 2019
    Right with you there. When I first get a bass I’ll try lots of different strings until I find the ideal set for that instrument.

    Once I’ve settled on a set I stick to those.
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  3. gigetto


    Sep 25, 2019
    Some strings of the same producer in same gauge and tipology could be different each from other. Like the basses. Different strings are so different that with the same bass you can think you're playing another....
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  4. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    No doubt. Took me a dozen years to really figure that out wth one nice custom build bass, so I'm very glad I didn't sell that bass off before I wised up.
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  5. bassist4dalord

    bassist4dalord Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    SW Missouri
    I have a quotation from a very wise TB user as my signature.

    Glad you’ve found your strings!
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  6. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    It absolutely is!
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  7. I also agree.
    I've had a set of GHS Bass Boomers on my BTB for about two years, and just put a set of the same gauge, 45-130 Ernie Ball Slinkys on yesterday, and the difference in sound and feel is very pronounced.
    Most noticeable is the clarity of the Ernie Ball 130 B string.
    So much cleaner and deeper than GHS.
    I changed them not so much for the sound, but the GHS were starting to feel yucky.
    I know, same strings on a bass for two years: terrible.

    Mike ;)
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  8. What you should do now is to make sure those Slinkys stay on for the next two years, then replace them with a new set of Boomers to see how that will affect the overall sound. ;)
  9. An exciting bonus photo for my friends...
    The bass wall at Sam Ash, Manhattan. This is about 1/3 of the wall.
    Fourth from left, top row.
    Beautiful BTB.

    Mike. :thumbsup:
  10. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    thanks for that - i MISS instrument stores!!!
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2020
  11. BassinCT

    BassinCT …still tuning… Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    Connecticut, USA
    Agreed! To me, my bass becomes a different instrument when I change to a different set. This week, I found a string set that awakened one of my basses. It needed a string with a little more mass, but with a flexible core. I had tried two of my favorite sets (Fodera light nickel and Dunlop SB’s) and liked something about both sets. I put DR Pure Blues on, and it was the middle ground that worked remarkably well with this particular bass.
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  12. gigetto


    Sep 25, 2019
    Or a string ever same gauge in every basses. Same feeling but different sounds...
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  13. 2strings2frets

    2strings2frets Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2017
    West Virginia
    I’ve been there a few times. Never could wrap my head around the cubic miles of instruments on display. The overhead, out of reach cases of $25,000 plus guitars especially!
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