Strings for Am Pro P

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by FirewalZ, May 29, 2019.

  1. FirewalZ


    Aug 14, 2014
    S.E. Michigan
    So I have a new American Pro P bass, rosewood neck. Ive only had it a couple of weeks and am in the process of finding the right strings(rounds) that pair best with this bass and the v-mod pickups. I liked the stock Fender 7250M's that came on it, but they were too stiff for my hands. The next ones i tried was RC Boomers, which i love on other bass's, but not sure they are the best for this bass yet. I just ordered the 7250ML's to see if ill like those. I play mostly finger style and like a warm, clear and articulate sound. Any suggestions?
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  2. I would suggest the GHS Balanced Nickels 40-101.
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  3. Or, if you like the tone of the Fender 7250s, you might also want to try the GHS Bassics ML6000, 44-63-80-102. I'm currently test-driving them on my Yamaha 5-string and like them for their clean and crisp tone.
  4. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    TI jazz rounds.
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  5. FirewalZ


    Aug 14, 2014
    S.E. Michigan
    So i had an old set of Pressurewounds that i threw on...those sounded good of course, but they are just to stiff for me. PW's were my go to strings for a while, but even the ML's are hard on my hands when im playing on them regularly. However, I remembered I also had a set of nickel Sunbeams laying around, broken in but not to old and still plenty lively. So I threw those on and did a quick setup, and so far these sound the best. Ill give em a go tomorrow when i can test them out at a higher volume:)
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  6. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Top load the 7250ML instead string through body for better playable feel on your plucking hand.
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  7. S.F.Sorrow


    Dec 6, 2014
    I understand what you mean about the Fender 7250s. I actually like the sound of them once they've mellowed out a bit but I've never liked the stiff feel under the fingers.

    My absolute favourite strings for my AmPro P-bass are the TI Superalloys. But it's not a very ROCK type of sound. I use this as my "mellow" P-sound. I personally think the strenght of the V-mod pickup is it's ability to stay clear and defined when the highs are rolled off a bit. I don't like the AmPro P-bass much for anything aggressive but I love it for smoother sounds.

    The V-Mod pickup is rather mellow and relaxed in the mids for a P-bass pickup IMO. It's also has a low output compared to most P-style pickup so I would probably avoid any pure nickel strings unless you're ok with boosting your amp volum considerably.

    The TI Superalloys aren't aggressive sounding AT ALL but they deliver a healthy output with the V-Mod. They're wonderfully balanced and probably the most articulate roundwound I've ever used. Tension feels slightly below average to me (they certainly feel a lot less stiff than the 7250s!!!). They're very smooth/warm sounding for a roundwound but not muddy at all. Very clear and defined. They don't have the extreme, bordering on muddy low mids that some other "warm" strings have. They're not lacking in that area at all, just better balanced IMO, which may feel a bit unusual at first if you're coming from the 7250s (which have very powerful low mids). Also, the Superalloys aren't clanky at all. That does not mean they are dark sounding strings. They have beautiful crisp highs, that STAY crisp forever! But they don't have the nasty clanky mids of strings like D'Addario XLs or the Fender 7250s (when they're new). Just a little hint of zing on top. The mids have a wonderful organic quality and just the right amount of presence to not get lost in the mix.

    The Superalloys are very different from the 7250s so you won't really know if they're right for you until you're tried them. From your description it sounds like they may be perfect for you though. I personally think they're a really good match for the V-Mod if smooth and articulate is a priority. For anything aggressive I would look elsewhere (including the V-Mod!!).

    EDIT: It might be worth mentioning that the Superalloys aren't long enough for through body on a standard long scale.
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  8. FirewalZ


    Aug 14, 2014
    S.E. Michigan
    I’ll definitely try this, this is the first bass I’ve had with string through the body, I haven’t expiremented yet. I’m not sure what, if any, differences vs to loaded.
  9. Based on my experience (and experiments) on my 2014 Am Std P, no noticeable difference between top-load and thru-body either in tone or playing feel.
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  10. 39-Bassist


    Jul 7, 2010
    Endorsing Artist for: Duncan Pickups; Line6, Hipshot, GHS Strings, Somnium Guitars
    I've use GHS Boomer M3045 for years and they sound and feel great to me... just my 1-1/2 cents
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  11. Dunlop super bright nickels.
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  12. _One//Man//Mutiny_

    _One//Man//Mutiny_ Gold Supporting Member

    DR Fat Beams!
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  13. If you like the tone and the overall playing feel of the Sunbeams, you might also like the DR Pure Blues (also round core). Nickel-Plated Steel vs. Nickel Alloy, the PBs seem to have more going on in the mids.
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  14. mikecd1

    mikecd1 Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2009
    New England
    I’m also onboard with Sunbeams and the round core makes them a bit more flexible. Also like the tone on the 7250s and think the stock pickups react well to them. You’ll have to try the Thomastiks for yourself. Great strings, great feel, great price, you decide on the tone. They are likely the lowest tension too.
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  15. cxcxcx


    Mar 8, 2019
    IME, and in the land of subjectivity and personal taste, Sadowsky Blue Labels have a good balance between overall stiffness and a supple feel - IOW, not too tight and not too loose. I’ve only tried them on Fender style instruments so the same results would apply to the OP’s bass.
  16. FirewalZ


    Aug 14, 2014
    S.E. Michigan
    Love Boomers as well....just way to stiff and high tension for me. I love the RC's, they are a bit more flexible.
  17. FirewalZ


    Aug 14, 2014
    S.E. Michigan
    Yea, this could work. If memory serves correctly, they are upper/mid forward and grindy as heck, could help counter a milder pickup.
  18. FirewalZ


    Aug 14, 2014
    S.E. Michigan
    Thanks for the informative reply, i agree about the V-MODS....they are good at what they do. Ironically, my only P bass reference up to this point has been a maple neck P with the Original 62 p-up's, which IMO are nearly the complete opposite of the v-mods....being very upper mid forward and capable of tear your head off grind. I really like having two P bass's on the opposite end of the tonal spectrum, they even sound that way unplugged with the same/similar strings. Like you said the v-mods dont have the typical classic rock tone and are have a smoother and somewhat fuller sound. They work really well when accompanying an acoustic, for newer pop and soul type stuff, and/or when you really have the space sonically open, a trio maybe? I had initially thought to balance these two P bass's out with strings with opposite character, for example Labella 760FL really tame the midrange on the Original 62's, GHS PW's work as well.
  19. Absolutely! And, they're fairly low on the tension side. If I ever go back to rounds, those will be the ones.
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  20. I’ve been liking shadowsky’s strings. Before that dean markley. Choosing strings can be tough, just gotta experiment.
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