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Stainless Steel strings on a acoustic bass?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by TUEP, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. TUEP


    Apr 8, 2007
    I have heard of people doing this before, and I was wondering if it would give more volume to an AEB? My favorite stainless are the Rotosounds. Anyone tried this, would it damage anything like the bridge?
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    You're not gonna get more acoustic volume and they won't do any extra damage other than slightly faster fretwear like on any bass.
  3. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    If you're talking about plugged in volume, it's not gonna necessarily be louder but it'll have alot of high end zing. Maybe too much.
  4. TUEP


    Apr 8, 2007
    Ahhh...I was thinking unplugged volume. What is a good unplugged string?
  5. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    What are you hoping to do with unplugged volume? If you want to play along with one guitar player who's playing very, very quietly, phosphor bronze strings will have the most unplugged volume and allow you to be heard. Anything beyond that and you'll need a small amp.
  6. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Exactly why I bought a battery-powered amp for those backyard barbecue or street-corner situations.
    It allows to me to get the most out of this.
    D'Addario black tapewounds, of course.

    Why struggle to be heard? Playing even the biggest/loudest acoustic bass unplugged simply won't allow the full expression that you can get with it plugged in, and man, I can get an incredible variety of tones out of my Exotica! Those switches are there for a reason.
    Tones I can't get out of any of my other basses, too.
    ed morgan likes this.
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