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Suggested strings for Precision?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by mborok, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. mborok


    May 8, 2009
    I have a 2002 Precision, with original strings. Have been recording with it and am really bothered by the sound - it seems kind of farty and flabby. Is this most likely the pickups? Strings? Setup? Any suggestions welcome.

    I had previously played a Precision that I liked - I think it was a 1950. Strings were RotoSound Swing Bass round wound. But was it the pickup or the strings? Hmm.


  2. Mike Sorr

    Mike Sorr "Play I Some Music" Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Brick, NJ
    Pickup probably. Swingbass are the anti farty, flabby strings. Personally, I favor the Solo Bass strings by Rotosound. They're pressurewound strings.
  3. mborok


    May 8, 2009
    You mean that swingbass are not farty and not flabby? Or not farty but yes flabby? And I think you're saying that replacing the strings may improve the sound somewhat but the basic problem is the pickups?
  4. i agree pickups might be wacky there. could need some soldering done. cheap fix. maybe the pickups are bit the dust, than replacing them would help. but for string suggestion as the thread goes, depending on style i find daddario exl nickels very versatile as well as daddario halfs for a more smooth less zingy mellow type tone.
  5. Andy D

    Andy D

    Jun 18, 2011
    Bay Area
    Wait, do you mean the strings are the original strings that were on the bass when it was new in 2002? If so, that's unquestionably your problem. Change your strings!
    rugrat likes this.
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Thst is the correct answer for rounds...but not if they're flats. Especially if they're the classic string for the P-bass, Labella Deep Talkin' flats. At 10-12 years they're in their prime!

    First thing I'd do is install Labella Deep Talkin' flats, and evaluate 30-60 days after that. But (as they say) that's me.
  7. vince a

    vince a

    Jun 13, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    2002? Original strings? Sounds farty and flabby?

    I bet it does!

    Doesn't matter what strings you get . . .
  8. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Go buy and install a fresh set of DR HiBeam stainless steel ML 45-100 or Fender 7240L nickel-plated steel 40-100 strings. Both sets are great on Fenders, and are of course round wound. Keep your old set in your case as spares.
  9. CreatveUsername


    Dec 27, 2013
    On my P, I love 2 kinds of string the best: DR Sunbeams and GHS Pressurewounds.
  10. GK Growl

    GK Growl

    Dec 31, 2011
    Your profile doesn't say what kind of music you play. I only have experience with heavy rock on a P and have found that most stainless steel rounds work really well for that.