Strings for American Performer Mustang Bass

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by GrahamNN3, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. GrahamNN3


    Apr 11, 2018
    Hello ...

    I am new to bass.

    I’m going to buy an American Performer Mustang bass in Satin Surf Green.

    So I am looking for recommendation for different strings which will not damage my hands.

    I’ve tried tape wound strings on another mustang bass I borrowed - but now I want to try something different. I like the sound on flats.

    Elsewhere, I was recommended chromes? Will chromes cut into my fingers?

    Thank you in advance for your enlightenment.
  2. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    So, you are going to pick strings, but not because of how they sound? Yup, about right for TB.:banghead:
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  3. GrahamNN3


    Apr 11, 2018
    Yes ... I’m a pianist my fingers come first!

    I’m only learning bass.
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  4. LionOnBass


    Jul 10, 2018
    I have chromes on my Fender AM Perf Mustang. If you want something easy on your fingers try Thomastik Infeld short scale flatwounds, those are very soft and flexible.
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  5. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    chromes are a good choice - i find them gentler than other flats, which is why i have them on one of my basses. and yes, it sounds like thomastic jazz flats are a good option, although pricy.

    but if you want to avoid damaging your fingertips, the most important thing is not to play for long each day. tape wounds are possibly THE single gentlest strings when it comes to not abrading fingertips, but even they can cause pain if you play too long. it's just the nature of the best.
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  6. GrahamNN3


    Apr 11, 2018
    Thank you - I will have a look
  7. GrahamNN3


    Apr 11, 2018
    Thank you - I suppose as I’m trying to maximise my practice time and minimise my finger damage - I should probably stick with tape-wounds.
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  8. Pocket4

    Pocket4 Supporting Member

    Dec 9, 2013
    New Hampshire
    Callouses are your friends. Once built up you can feel comfortable with any strings and I believe you can get a broader range of attack. Tapewounds I have tried can hurt a bit due to friction but your experience will vary.
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  9. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I have no calluses but have never had a problem with tapewounds or flats. Chromes are fine; my favorites are Labella Deep Talkin' Flats in light gauge .043-.104.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2019
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  10. GrahamNN3


    Apr 11, 2018
    Unfortunately I get have callouses on my hands.
  11. GrahamNN3


    Apr 11, 2018
    Thank you
  12. walkdatbass


    Jan 13, 2013
    I've had these (La Bella 760F-MUS) on my CIJ Mustang for a few years now. They were a little bright initially, but have mellowed out beautifully. The tension seems is a bit higher than my other shortscales, but I have come to appreciate it. They are silky smooth and only get better with age. Additionally, are specifically made for the string-through-body. I don't think you can go wrong with these.
    La Bella 760F Deep Talkin' Stainless Steel Flat Wound Fender Mustang 4-String Electric Bass Strings
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  13. Just co-signing on this one. I have the American Performer Mustang and I'm using this set. Love them. Great balanced feel and tone I prefer.
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  14. J-Mags

    J-Mags Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2018
    Durham NC
    I like both Dunlop medium-scale flats (light scale) and GHS Precision Flats. They both are very easy on the fingers with moderately low tension. GHS has a slightly deeper, middier sound. Dunlop has a tighter low end, a bit more bite in the highs, and excellent string-to-string balance. GHS last forever; Dunlop last about a year.

    To me, on a Mustang, Chromes aren't the most fun to play. They'd be fine, and won't be too hard on the fingers, but they have more tension and don't have as smooth of a feel as Dunlop, GHS, LaBella, TI, etc. Lots of people swear by them, though.
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  15. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Depending on the model/year, Mustang basses can be a little difficult to get strings for. So, ^^THIS^^. La Bella flats are always a good choice, AFAIC. And, since you are primarily a piano player, I can understand your concern about calluses and your fingers. You might want to think about a "Player's glove", which is designed to protect your fretting hand. They're pretty readily available (I understand), and might be just the thing for you.:cool:
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2019
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