String Silk Colors?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Thumper, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    Has there been a thread telling what color silk is on which manufactures strings, so that when we get a bass, we know what's on them? If not, let's start one.
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  2. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    For instance:

    D'addario chrome flats = light blue
    MTD = yellow
    TI flats = red
    Labella tapewounds = yellow
    D'addario XLs = no silk, ball ends color coded
    TI Jazz Rounds = green
    GHS Bass boomers = red
    Rotosound L66 Swingbass steels = blue silk
  3. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    I recently picked up a Mike Lull P5 and it has roundwounds on with purple silks and a tapered B & E. Could these be Ken Smiths?

    Thumper any Roscoe pics?
  4. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    Can you compile these as the list grows?

    How about GHS Bass boomers - Red
  5. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    grooveguru; I can edit the initial posting as more information is added. I guess to be accurate, we would need to specify make, model, and/or string composition (nickel round, stainless, etc.).

    PPS: I'll PM you photo's this evening.
  6. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    TI Jazz Rounds (JR344) have a cool green silk.
    Rotosound L66 Swingbass steels have blue silk.
  7. Electricmayhem


    Dec 18, 2003
    So do the companies actually trademark the colored silks?

    Is every red one a boomer?
  8. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    I guess that's the point of this thread, you can at least narrow down what kind of string you have to one or 2 brands by silk color. Remember there are different shades of color, so we might have to get more descriptive, e.g., sky blue, dark green, etc. I know I'd love to replace the strings on my beloved Elrick with the same, but I don't know what they are.
  9. I bought some Roto Swing 66 Steels and they had red silk. Dunno why, apparently they're supposed to be blue?

    DR High-beams and Lo-Riders have no wrappings.
  10. I know what you mean. I use D' Addario Slowwounds and they are all different colors...I know how to string a bass, I don't need a paint by number.
  11. jammadave

    jammadave Rudderless ship Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Warwick Black Label: no silk, gold ball

    GHS Brite Flats: deep blue, almost indigo
  12. zcwilkes

    zcwilkes Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2002
    Barboursville, WV
    Every set of Rotosound Swingbass 66s I have bought over the last 14 years have had red silks. There Jazz sets also have red, but I got a set of there Swingbass nickels that didn't have silk at all.
  13. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    fender nickel core, nickel wrap roundwounds are yellow possibly model # 7120's
  14. PunkerTrav


    Jul 18, 2001
    Canada & USA
    The set of factory Yamaha string that came on my bass had red silks. Every other set I've had since hasn't had any.

  15. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    Green on my Fender flats
    Light blue on Dean Markleys
    Black on stock Fender strings (is it Super bass, power bass?)
  16. Dean Markley Blue Steel = Light gray (silver?)
  17. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Hot Wire (by Status Graphite)

    Roundwound: no silk whatsoever (love that!)
    Halfwound: deep blue at both ends ¤sigh¤

  18. Every set of Roto Swingbass strings I ever bought had red silk - and I've been buying them for about 13-14 years.

    Trace Elliot - lucky if you can get these now had Green Silk.

    La Bella Hard Rockin Steel - Black silk

    Elites Stadiums - Black Silk, alhtough these might have moved to Blue now....

    Warwick Red Label - red

    Dean MArkley Blue Steels - light blue (IIRC)

  19. I thought it had a Bluish tinge...but I know the colour you mean.....might've been grey! :confused:
  20. SIT-Conklins are purple also. Darker purple than the Smiths.