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Stainless steel uncoated strings that last long

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ObeyDaRiffness, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. ObeyDaRiffness


    Sep 25, 2016
    Hi. Looking for some real bright yet balanced strings that last long. Something like really fresh Slinkys and Roto 66. Nickel or coated is just not an option, unless you find one that sounds almost like steel (like Slinkys but long lasting, maybe coated Slinkys will be bright enough, but can't find sound clips). I was gonna go with D'Addario Flex Steels since they sound good, are cheap, realatively easy to find and I've heard that they last long, which does make sense considering their flexibility, but I don't know if it's actually true.
  2. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    My favorite SS strings are Sadowsky Blue labels. They sound great, and I get exellent life out of them.
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  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    FlexSteels are no longer made.

    Dunlop SuperBright Steels are the strings you seek.

    Dunlop Super Bright Bass Strings from Bass Strings Online
  4. Freez


    Nov 8, 2008
    A second vote for the Dunlop SB's, BUT get the medium gauge if you don't like a super flexible string. The light gauge was too loosey goosey for me. But they sound great and last a long time.
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  5. Prosteels have a good lifespan. The SIT RB steels I've used probably kept their new string zing the best out of what I've tried lately.
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  6. Ive been getting great life out of a set of DR Fatbeams? I would second the Dunlop SB Stainless Steel as well as the Daddario Pro Steels. The Flexsteels did last a long time but as a previous poster said they have been discontinued.
    Hope this helps,
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  7. ObeyDaRiffness


    Sep 25, 2016
    The what steels, sorry?
  8. jwilson67


    Jun 2, 2015
    San Dimas, CA
    "Real bright yet balanced" - Give EB Cobalt Rounds a try. Your description of what you are looking for is pretty much what those strings offer. They last a long time for me as well.
  9. ObeyDaRiffness


    Sep 25, 2016
    Dunno... I thought they were far too modern sounding for me actually, they're mostly for pick players and slappers and I play 70% fingers, and people say they die quickly... I prefer them to steels with a pick tho. I've also heard they tear up frets. But they might pair good with my bass since it's a bit too dark sounding and it needs some highs
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  10. jwilson67


    Jun 2, 2015
    San Dimas, CA
    Everyone's body chemistry is different. I've never had the dying quickly issue with them. They don't tear frets up any more than a steel string would. I haven't seen any wear issues on my Carvin.

    DR Fat Beams (round core) are also a great string as are the Low Riders (hex core). DR's are known for their longevity and balanced sound.
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  11. Morrighan

    Morrighan La Contessa Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    Isle of Everywhere
    I found Dean Markley rounds lasted a good deal longer than Rotos. I've not used the Markleys of late so I have no info on whether that is still correct.
  12. ObeyDaRiffness


    Sep 25, 2016
    Heard those. Don't like em at all as a steel round. Good pressurewound tho.
  13. jwilson67


    Jun 2, 2015
    San Dimas, CA
    Here's a great video of Prosteels. They seem like they might be the string for you.
  14. I think my DR Fat Beams might be lasting a little longer than my DR Hi Beams, but both have treated me very well.
  15. Honch

    Honch Guest

    Sep 7, 2006
    Newtone Strings with round cores, they make stainless steels too. Platinum or Diamond series. Lasts ages. You can order any gauge from him. Or LaBella.
  16. Toptube


    Feb 9, 2009
    Dunlop Superbrights stainless for really great tone which ages well over time. Balanced feel/tension.

    or Elixir stainless for tone which lasts and lasts and lasts. Smooth feel due to the coating.
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  17. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson!

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    I've found that DR Fat Beams last quite a long time. For me, probably at least 2 months, playing gigs every weekend.
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  18. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    Not sure why you are against coated strings. I get over a year out of Elixer steels. And they sound as bright as uncoated steels to my ear.
  19. ObeyDaRiffness


    Sep 25, 2016
    They're not as zingy and clacky as i want them. I play mostly thrash metal these days.
  20. I've been married to the DR Fat Beams for a few years. They sound great from new to almost-dead, very well balanced, superb B string (I use 45-130s). The best of all: "dead" Fat Beams sound just great on my P.
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