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Strinsg for maple fret board

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by myhot4, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. myhot4


    Jul 11, 2006
    Sydney Australia
    Just wondering what strings you use on your basses with maple fret board. So far I have tried Dr Lo riders, EB Slinkys, GHS Boomers and DR Hi beams. All these strings sound harsh/metalic with a maple fret board So i can't get the sound that is in my head. So maybe, what works for you, might work for me.
  2. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    I suggest you try a nickel string, or maybe even ground wounds or flats.
  3. JohnSS


    Jun 4, 2007
    Groundwound D'addarios sound great w/my brother's 70's P-Bass. Have enough twang for John Entwistle kind of lines but enough bottom for James Jamerson groove.
  4. Siegy


    Jun 28, 2007
    Central Neb.
    This may seem like a dumb question, but have you tried letting the strings deaden out a bit before deciding you didn't like them? I had a similar experience the last time i tried a new set of strings, I gave them time to settle and now i love the sound.
  5. jmceachern36

    jmceachern36 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2005
    Cambridge MA
    Like the above poster said. Let them deaden a bit. I've got GHS Boomers on my basses. After a couple of weeks that harsh sound goes away.
  6. myhot4


    Jul 11, 2006
    Sydney Australia
    thanks for your advise guys. I will be trying Daddario xls next.
  7. david fitch

    david fitch

    Feb 20, 2007
    Myhot4, I hope you like the Daddario XL Nickels. I use them on a '97 American Standard P-Bass and a 1973 P-Bass. Both have maple boards and the XL's sound great. Like Siegy says let them age a bit. They will sound "Bright" at first but turn nice and warm after some playing. I can't find a better string for my needs. Dave
  8. Rotosounds sound great out of the box, and get warmer the longer they're on the bass.

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