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string issues

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by PatrikHanson, May 8, 2005.


  1. PatrikHanson

    PatrikHanson

    Apr 24, 2005
    Hello fellow bassplayers,
    I am just about to change strings on my bass (an old instrument of unknown origin). I used to play on a set of Velvet Anima but they gave up on me so now i use an old set of spiros which is very different. I am foremost a jazzplayer but really love to bow and i hope to develope that side of my playing.
    Now to my question, I think the sound of my bass is very beatiful but sometimes I think it lacks some of the bottom i hear from some other basses. Could this be helped by the choise of strings.
     
  2. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    To some degree, of course. Setup is as important and probably more so.

    Deadish strings on a bass set up well is an annoyance, where any string on a bass set up poorly will sound bad.
     
  3. Bobby King

    Bobby King Supporting Member

    May 3, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    The choice of strings can greatly affect a bass' tone. In general, gut or gut core strings have the deepest tone, but they are not always the easiest to bow. Also, they may lack the sustain that steel strings can produce for Jazz pizzicato.
    Steel, on the other hand, is usually better for bowing and for pizz sustain, but can lack the punch and fundamental that gut produces.

    Of course, there's many variations on this generalization. There's deeper, darker sounding steel strings and there's brighter ones. Some bow better than others. There are some guts that have more sustain than others, and some gut that's very pleasant to bow on. Also, there are many new synthetic core strings that can have some of the characteristics of both.

    Finally, different basses respond differently to strings. What sounds great on one may not on another. It takes a lot of experimenting to find the best string for your needs. And, as anyone on this forum will tell you, that experimenting costs mucho money! :)