Strings for my G&L L2000

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by cataract, Jan 13, 2022.

  1. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    Went out and bought some strings to try out on my L2K. I know the ones that are on it right now are the stock EXL170s, so grabbed a pack of those too.
    Anyone running any of these on theirs? Thoughts?
  2. 80jazz


    Jun 28, 2008
    Mine currently has SS LaBellas on it.

    When it is time to change them, I will likely switch (unsure on what though. Probably Rotos or Warwick depending on what gauge it seems to like best, but whatever that ends up being will introduce or eliminate possibilities).
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  3. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    Good results with all stainless strings, then? I’ve read they can be “not good” or too much.
  4. 80jazz


    Jun 28, 2008
    Yes, but I am more of a stainless guy anyway.

    (I do have GHS pressurewounds on a fretless and have some interest in having a P strung with flats, but that would never be my main player unless I had a gig that required that sound in some way. I do not see this happening, but maybe.)

    Edit: Out of the choices in the pic, I would go with the Hi-Beams.
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  5. tindrum

    tindrum Supporting Member

    May 2, 2007
    Suffolk, VA
    I gigged for years with a couple of L-200’s and I always used stainless DR Low Riders. Not harsh in the slightest. Very punchy and snappy.
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  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Trying to get down with some pressure wounds on my L2000 fretless. They're taking some getting used to.
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  7. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    Awesome! Good to know. I almost picked up some of these today, will have to go back to the store sometime this weekend. Thanks for the tip!
    I’m going to install the Hi-Beams tomorrow! Excited to hear how they compare to Sunbeams.
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  8. 80jazz


    Jun 28, 2008
    Thanks for this. I would give the 40-95 set a try on my L2K.

    Maybe that is what I will do on that bass next.
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  9. I too tried out PWs on my fretless pretty recently (not an L2K, but anyways…) Read so many good things about those strings on this board and other places online. I couldn’t stand them :laugh: They seem like well-made strings, but I couldn’t get used to them. The only other strings I’ve had a more averse reaction to were D’Addario Half Rounds. I guess ground-wound and pressure-wound strings just aren’t for me!
  10. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Sussex WI
    I run LaBella Black Nylon Tape wounds on both my G&L
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  11. I'm a nickel round wound guy. I tried stainless wound on a P-bass many years ago and they didn't agree with me. I've also tried flats, but they just don't have the pop of rounds IMO. Everyone's taste in tone is different. That should be your #1 guiding light. Comfort also plays a part. I had an L2000 a while back that I ran Ernie Ball Slinky nickel wounds on with great success. I also had an L2500 on which I ran Elixir nickel wounds with the Nano coating. They sounded great as well, with the added benefit of slightly less finger noise and more comfort than the Ernie Balls.
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  12. svlilioukalani

    svlilioukalani Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2012
    Seattle, Wa
    High Beams Sound incredible on my G &L bass. The only string how are use.
  13. GroovyBaby

    GroovyBaby G&L Fanboy Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2007
    Huntingdon, PA
    I have an L-2500 with DR Sunbeams on it now. I like them but was considering the Pure Blues on them. Had labella LTFs on for a while. A lot depends on the sound you are looking for.
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  15. I’ve used Sunbeams and as well as Hi-Beams. I much prefer Dr Low Riders. The D’Addarios are good strings but I’d rather use GHS bass boomers. I bought and used one set of Warwick round wounds. Never again.
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  16. Gizmot


    Mar 22, 2009
    Nashville area
    If you’re going for rounds, DR is hard to beat. The last rounds I used were Pure Blues, which tamed a bit of midrange funkiness. If you’re going flats, you can do no better than TI Jazz Flats
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  17. ComeHomeShane

    ComeHomeShane Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2016
    Southern California
    It's hard to go wrong with the L series. A friend of mine has been using his L25k for 5 ish years as his main player and it still has the original Elixir nanoweb strings that came on it. The trained ear can hear that they have obviously lost their zing, but they tend to tame the MFD pick ups in a good way.
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  18. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Sussex WI
    Thank you
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  19. halcyo


    Sep 19, 2012
    I have an L1000 and when I did my first string change I switched from the stock D’Addarios to GHS Boomers, which got a lot of love on these forums. I even had to special order them.

    Honestly though, the stock D’Addarios suited the bass better, in my opinion, and I’ll probably switch back. Lol
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  20. 2F/2F

    2F/2F Supporting Member

    May 26, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    For rounds on an L-2K, I like the DR Low Rider .111s, the GHS .115" set, or the D'Addario .120" balanced tension set.

    But most of my L-2Ks have flats on them. LaBella DTB 110s, RS 77s (.110s or .105s), or Dunlop .105s for a lighter feel and more middy tone.
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