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Strings for maple vs rosewood boards

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dlloyd, May 3, 2004.

  1. dlloyd

    dlloyd zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Apr 21, 2004
  2. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Wow, interesting choices. I go exactly the opposite, I use nickel wounds and half rounds on my rosewood boards 'cause they're a little friendlier in terms of wear and tear. And I use steels on the maple boards to get the snap-iness and the string noise, for slapping and that kind of thing. Well, it all goes to show, there's no hard and fast rules when it comes to bass playing. Whatever works, for you, is what's best.
  3. Well, I think the string choice comes naturally the wood of the baord. Maple is a lot sharper and snappier, as rosewood is a bit more dull. Since you get more clarity with a maple board through the wood itself, you don't really need to be using Stainless strings to get an extra zing. Although due to the hardnest of maple it would be okay to use stainless strings, as they would not damage the board quite so much.

    But I guess it's all really about the sound.

    Just my 2 cents.