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Strings for Deluxe Jazz V?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Cougmeister, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Cougmeister


    Oct 1, 2012
    I've been having trouble with getting a good sound out of the low B. When I got the bass, I was a novice player and didn't realize how bad the low B sounded. Now, with a more developed ear, I ha e turned away from the bass cause of it. I'm pretty sure I've narrowed it down to the strings since I've messed with different setups on it. Any suggestions? I've already tried EB Slinky's and D'addario XL's
  2. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner Mo's Shop & MBD - Tech Nordstrand Commercial User

    May 25, 2003
    Redlands, CA

  3. robertusf


    Jul 19, 2007
    +1....I always used blue nickels myself when I had the Jazz fiver
  4. Ebelow

    Ebelow Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    What deluxe jazz? I have two American 2012 deluxe jazz 5 and both had a great B when I got them. Fender strings has high tension so I changed them to EB slinkyes and DAddario xl170. DR and sadowsky great too but I like the others better. Also depends what amp and cab you use.

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  5. Cougmeister


    Oct 1, 2012
    It's a 1999 MIM Deluxe jazz V.
  6. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    You need to put tequila on the the B string, that will fix it.... it is too shy...
  7. Chromes.

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  8. Mykk


    Aug 22, 2010
    Prescott, AZ
    I use Blue Steels on my Jazzes, recently tried a set on my VMJ-5. The .050 -.128, they cured an otherwise dead low B for me.

    I went through sets of Rotosounds & DR's
  9. I'm thinking more along the lines that the Construction of the Low-B may be a good deal to do in this case - order a Taperwound B-string (I personally get great low D/C#/C/Bs from my D'Addario ProSteels and Nickel XLs) and see if that helps with low-B definition. Spector's Steels & Nickels are also very nice, but at a higher price.

    You also might want to consider replacing the stock pickups with an upgrade (Bassline makes a good value, reasonably priced set of J5s). If you've changed the strings out several times and there's been no change, it might be time to go a bit deeper...
  10. A good suggestion....DR SS flats is another possible.
  11. Cougmeister


    Oct 1, 2012
    That's more along the lines of what I was thinking about the structure of the string.
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