Suggest to me some of the brightest strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by FugaziBomb, Jul 23, 2018.


  1. FugaziBomb

    FugaziBomb

    Jun 5, 2017
    I've got one of my P Basses loaded with an SD SPB-2, which is really hot and mid heavy. I've been using Rotos with it to try and coax some snap out of that pickup, but the Rotos just don't cut it and their shelf life isn't great. I was thinking of trying out some Hi-Beams on it, but figured I'd see what suggestions come up here, first.
     
  2. TimB 619

    TimB 619 Guest

    May 28, 2010
    Hi Beams are a good choice. So are the SS low riders. D'addario Pro Steels are bright as well.
     
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  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    Dunlop Super Brights are purportedly brighter even than DR Hi Beams. Have a set, haven't tried them yet though.
     
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  4. trothwell

    trothwell

    Apr 9, 2008
    I'm liking GHS Super Steels on my Precision Bass at the moment.
     
  5. BassinCT

    BassinCT

    Jun 17, 2006
    Connecticut
    DR HiBeams
    D'Addario ProSteels
    Dunlop Super Bright stainless
    Sadowsky Black/Blue stainless
     
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  6. SIT RB stainless steels
     
  7. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    South Bend, Indiana
    Long scale Banjo strings.gif I'm tempted to recommend these ('cause I'm kind of a smart ass); They're what I have on my Long scale '63 ODE banjo. Certainly long enough, and other than the light gauge version (which are painfully bright, IMO), they're about as bright as you can get. They won't last very long, and your pickups won't know they're on your bass... but they are very bright...;)

    Seriously, though, I can't recommend anything other than what's been mentioned already. To be honest, the kind of bass strings you're looking for, are exactly the kind that I avoid like a plague-ridden Zombie... Bright on my banjo or mandolin? Yes, of course. My guitars? Maybe - depends on the guitar. A bass? Not on mine, thank you; but to each his own...:thumbsup:
     
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  8. Yupper...;)
    DR Hi Beams
    D'Addario Pro Steels
    Rotosound Swing Bass 66
    LaBella Super Steps
     
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  9. FugaziBomb

    FugaziBomb

    Jun 5, 2017
    I'd bet they last longer than the Rotos I've been using. Might even sound better, but the audience would have to stay real quiet.

    I gained appreciation for a bright DI tone when I started doing my own mixes and recordings. I like having those high frequencies on tap if I need them as I can always roll them off if I don't. Different tool for the job, YMMV, blah blah blah :thumbsup:.
     
  10. FugaziBomb

    FugaziBomb

    Jun 5, 2017
    These weren't even on my radar. Thanks!

    Edit: Same with these:

     
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  11. wmhill

    wmhill Inactive Suspended

    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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    The Dunlop super brights are bright, weird hollow mid range and the lows are really lacking. I hated em, but they might fit what you are looking for.
     
  12. IconBasser

    IconBasser Scuba Viking

    Feb 28, 2007
    Fontana, California
    GHS SuperSteels are the brightest, most piercing strings I've ever heard. Blows Hi Beams and DAddario's out of the water.

    And SS Low Riders aren't very bright at all for stainless steel strings, they sound more like D'Addario nickel wounds than anything.
     
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