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String choice for Lakland 44-60 jazz bass

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by BassBlue, Jul 24, 2020.


  1. BassBlue

    BassBlue Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    I spent literally all afternoon digging through posts trying to find a thread about this and here we are.

    I'm about to get a Lakland 44-60 jazz bass and was wondering if any Lakland owners can help me pick some good string for it. I think bass will be strung with the Lakland SS. I'll give it a shot but I'm more of a round nickel guy (my 77 P bass wears TIs).

    Any ideas on what sounds good on these basses?

    Any input would be appreciated.
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2020
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    My favorite strings on a Jazz are Dunlop Super Bright Nickels. Nice and crunchy with great low tension. DR Pure Blues and SIT Foundation are also sets I like a lot.
     
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  3. gigetto

    gigetto

    Sep 25, 2019
    Italy
    Nickel on Jazz? Ernie Ball, Galli, Sansone, Mark Bass.

    If you like old tones when not new for me unbeatable Rotosound RS-66 Light Gauge (for diminish roughness)
     
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  4. BassBlue

    BassBlue Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    How about DR Sunbeams? I have Dunlops and might try them at the beginning. Good idea!
     
  5. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    Sunbeams are great too! They have a little less growl than the others I listed but that's just personal preference.
     
  6. gigetto

    gigetto

    Sep 25, 2019
    Italy
    Sunbeams good and very light. More long lasting than some others.
     
  7. If you have TI's on your P-bass, can we assume you like something fairly flexible and supple feeling on your J-bass as well? If so, Dunlop Super Bright Nickels and DR Sunbeams, mentioned above, are both good options. You might want to consider DR Pure Blues as well.
     
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  8. gigetto

    gigetto

    Sep 25, 2019
    Italy
    Or many others....I suggest to try and to try than extabilize one kind and one brand forever...
     
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  9. BassBlue

    BassBlue Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    michael_t,

    I'm using GHS (your favorite brand I think?) Steels right now and my fingers are hurting. Lol. Have not played SS forever. Which of the two you recommended would be with a little bit less tension than GHS Steels (LAKLAND SS)? I am ready to put some nickels! I know, I know... And I'm not a wuss!

    I got both Dunlops and DRs in my drawer.
     
  10. Comparing similar gauges, both the DR Sunbeams and Dunlop Super Brights are noticeably looser-feeling than the GHS Super Steels. So, it would be your personal choice between the two.
     
  11. gigetto

    gigetto

    Sep 25, 2019
    Italy
    For me on a Jazz Rotosound RS 66 are good.
     
  12. BassBlue

    BassBlue Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    I tried DR Hi Beams (ok but rough on my fingers and couldn't stand the string noise), LoRiders (didn't like the stiffness), Sunbeams (nice and warm but too polite) and settled down on ... Pure Blues. Damn! These on my 44-60 and the deep switch engaged on Mesa TT-800, and I was in heaven! Could not put the bass down. I think, unless these aren't going to sound good in the mix, I got no reason to swap them for anything else, for now.
     
  13. BassBlue

    BassBlue Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    My DR PureBlues set died quickly :( Less then a month? Is that normal for every other day playing?

    I ghad liked DR Sunbeams I had before, but thought they were too mellow. I need a little bit of more kick to it but no zingyness. I was thinking of trying D'Addario NYXLs 45-105 on this bass. Any feedback on this pair? I used them before on the Fender Jazz I had and I liked them. Not sure what to expect from this Lakland?
     
  14. BassBlue

    BassBlue Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    I ended trying XL from D'Addario by a recommendation of one of the TBers. Simply, not surprised this string set is considered one of the best sellers. I am kind of embarrassed to say this is the first time I tried these XLs, ever. They sound so good on my Lakland. I am sure there are other brands that would sound good too but so far I am impressed. Hope they don't die as quickly as DR PBs.
     
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