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String suggestion for Musicman Sterling HS

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by pringlw, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. pringlw


    Nov 22, 2008
    Seattle Area
    Very aggressive sounding bass in general. I've played D'Addario Pro Steel (45 - 105) and so far have been pretty happy. Thinking about giving Rotosound Swingbass strings a go.

    I'm looking for good growl when finger played and a nice tight thick but also aggressive pop & slap sound (without being too harsh at the high end).

    Any other suggestions/opinions on the Rotos?
  2. Double Agent

    Double Agent

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    DR Lo-Riders. You won't be sorry.

    Rotos do sound great, but they tear my fingers to shreds. Ever since I discovered Lo-Riders, I won't use anything else for rounds. Love the sound, love the feel. I think they will sound awesome on your Sterling. Just give them some time to settle, because they will be very bright when you first put them on. After a week or two, they settle in and they will still have that "settled in" tone for a long time, which is exactly the sound you are describing (aggressive fingerstyle & slap tones but not overly bright).
  3. Syeknom


    Oct 17, 2004
    Leuven, Belgium
    I'd also highly recommend DR Lo-Riders for this sound - they really are wonderful strings. Also great for pop & slap due to their increased tension

    No experience with the Rotosounds, sorry
  4. pringlw


    Nov 22, 2008
    Seattle Area
    I'll give them a try. Thx.
  5. bassistgook


    Feb 5, 2009
    Lo-riders should work great for the tone you want. I just recently put on some rotosound jazz (flatwound) strings and they are doing for me what you seem to want too. The high strings will sound a lot more bassy then any round though so they might not be for you but it's a good choice if the lo-riders are too bright for you. Hope this helps.
  6. D Rokk

    D Rokk Banned

    Feb 19, 2009
    Delta Quadrant
    i have a set of rotosounds sitting around waiting to be put on my bass.. of course i cant get over my DR's.. i'm a highbeams fan
  7. eedo


    Aug 13, 2008
    Minsk, Belarus
    I've played a sterling w/single H with DR lo-riders, both nickel and ss. SS sound great recorded.
    Otherwise Elixirs
  8. lawsonman


    Dec 19, 2005
    NW IL
    The best strings I found when I had my HS were the Super Slinkys that came on it.
  9. KB


    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    I use TI Superalloys on my Sterling HS and love the tone. They add a little more "meat" to the tone than the EB slinkys.

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