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Strings with a nice growl.

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by CriminalCypress, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. CriminalCypress


    Mar 19, 2011
    I just got the part of playing bass for my school's musical. Well, I'm the understudy, but nonetheless I don't think my clanky and bright stainless steels have the right kick that i'd want to show off during rehearsals and whatnot. The play is Grease, but I want a nice growly (if i'm using the right term) tone to play on with my ATK300. Something that could sound like this:

    Any suggestions welcome, thanks!

  2. This video comes to mind. I think a set of D'addarrio Chromes will get you pretty close.
  3. CriminalCypress


    Mar 19, 2011
    Yeah i just listened to a few demos and they sound nice, I didn't think flatwounds would get me a tone like that. I've only ever tried a set of Fender Flatwounds and they were pretty much just thumpy.

    I play in a punk band though, so i think that flats might give me a hard time being versatile. Can any roundwounds get a tone like that?
  4. jamersonburton


    Jul 22, 2011
    Daddario xl (after they break in), chromes, rotosound swing bass after they break in (not twangy highs, rich mids, after a couple weeks their sustain dies a little)
  5. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Nothing does growl better then Rotosound swing66 imo.
  6. CriminalCypress


    Mar 19, 2011
    Good suggestions so far, anyone else wanna vouch?
  7. AdamR


    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    So are you looking for a good tone for Grease or a good tone for punk ? When I think of songs in Grease I think thumpy Motown P bass with flats. When I think of Punk I think of gritty P bass with steels.
  8. samtastic


    Jan 24, 2011
  9. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Flats are probably the more traditional choice for musicals, especially one like Greese with a very old school tone, but a great all-around string with great growl are Circle Ks.
  10. CriminalCypress


    Mar 19, 2011
    I ended up just getting some chromes, and they sound pretty nice actually. Not the full on growl i wanted but it does better than my previous strings.
  11. DR Lo-Riders. They bring my basses to life and don't sound "clanky" at all! I had a set on an ATK300 at one time and it sounded amazing ESPECIALLY in that last position on those ATK basses. About to order a set on Amazon right now!
  12. bearfoot


    Jan 27, 2005
    schenectady, ny
    +1 to both, ghs punchier IMO, rotos growlier

    been using the roto 66s on my main workhorse p/j for 20 yrs, occasionally the boomers -