String advice for a beginner

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Jrob, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. Jrob

    Jrob Guest

    Apr 20, 2012
    I have a cheap Johnson Jazz bass that I am learning on. I am doing a little inexpensive upgrade on it and I want to install the best strings for Country music. More specifically Honky Tonk music. Lots of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. I have been told I need to go with flatwound but, I also wanted some brand suggestions as well as gauge advice. Thanks!!
  2. Ernie Ball Group III Flats.
  3. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    If you are a n00b, the best advice I can give you is to take any and all advice with a grain of salt.

    Don't settle on a brand type or gauge of string until you've tried several.

    Opinions are good to have IMO, come up with some.
  4. waleross

    waleross Guest

    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    +1 try them all, from flats to round wounds this way you'll know what you prefer............and how it sounds on your bass.........................:)
  5. To consolidate, many of us have settled on one brand or type and are still trying out other versions, like me with DRs and now I have a couple of boxes of Blue Steels...
  6. Jrob

    Jrob Guest

    Apr 20, 2012
    Disco, thank you for the help.
    I understand that you need to try all of them. I appreciate the advice but, what I am looking for is some specific advice from players who have already tried "all of them" to direct me to what you like. I am looking for a place to start???
  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    The problem with that might as well be asking "what kind of pizza tastes best?" or "what kind of female should I date?"

    What I like, what he likes, what that other guy likes, may not be what you like.

    But if you want an answer, I'd say start with GHS Pressurewounds. They are a cross between rounds and flats. Not zingy like rounds, not dead like flats.
  8. Jrob

    Jrob Guest

    Apr 20, 2012
    Thanks bongo. That is what I was looking for ... an answer. BTW, I like Peperoni, Mushrooms & Bacon on regular crust. I like thick girls that are curvy.
  9. swspiers


    Nov 6, 2009
    Apex, NC
    +1 to Pressurewounds. fairly cheap, decent sound and thump.
  10. Jrob

    Jrob Guest

    Apr 20, 2012
    Thanks swspiers but, is +1 a brand?
  11. No he is just agreeing with the comment about GHS Pressurewounds.
  12. Jrob

    Jrob Guest

    Apr 20, 2012
    Wow ... what an idiot I am. I have been searching every web site looking for +1 bass strings. That is awesome.
  13. Randyt

    Randyt RAAPT Custom Wood Productions

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    There are many reputable companys and styles of strings for you to choose from...what i will tell you is to start with a med to light gauge as technique at this point will be more important...finger tips...not pads...hand arched...many great discussions on her about technique.

    Good luck
  14. Jrob

    Jrob Guest

    Apr 20, 2012
    Thanks Randy.
  15. swspiers


    Nov 6, 2009
    Apex, NC
    You just made my day! That is signature-worthy, my friend.

    Look- we all started at the same place. You're ahead of the curve- TalkBass didn't exist back when I started.

    A lot of people I know began their string quest with GHS- back then it was Boomers. Today you have 1000 choices, and it can confuse the heck out of any of us.

    You've told us your tone goals, style and genre of music. DO NOT spend $50+ on a set of strings. Try the Pressurewounds, they're like a gateway to other strings. Play the hell out of them until they're really dead. If you don't like the thump you get, try something less 'flat'. If they're too 'zingy', move to Precision Flats.

    I wouldn't get too hung up on guages, either. That can be a matter of technique and preference as much as anything else (along with action, fret buzz) But there I go again, making it complicated...

    You really can't lose...
  16. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Dang dude, we could hang out!!!

    And here is the only place to buy bass strings:
  17. Jrob

    Jrob Guest

    Apr 20, 2012
    Swipers ... Now that was a post with some legitimate substance. Thank you very much.
    Bongo & Droo ... I favorited this site. Thx
  18. ScottTunes

    ScottTunes Gear-A-Holic

    Feb 7, 2011
    So Cal
    PLEASE! Stay away from Pyramid flats!! I need the price to drop as much as possible!!
  19. BassistForJesus


    Sep 28, 2010
    Expensive as heck but I last a long time with that zingy brightness: Elixir Nanoweb. Best tone: DR High Beams