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Vintage Strings for a Vintage Gibson?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by architectonic, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. architectonic


    Mar 26, 2006
    Denver, CO
    I have recently acquired a '68 (or '67) Gibson EB-0 as an extended loan through a friend. Totally different feel and sound from my Ibanez sr900, obviously, and really fun to play. The strings are deader than dead, and I want to try to replace them with something that would be close to what might have originally been on it. I was thinking RotoSound nickel Swing Bass.

    Any ideas what brand/type of strings would have been used back then, or what was issued on the old Gibsons?
  2. BadB


    May 25, 2005
    AZ, USA
    Flats of some sort.
  3. flatwoundfender


    Feb 24, 2005
    probably flats, that would be left on till they broke.
  4. brachal


    Jan 7, 2006
    New Orleans, La
    watch out with rotosounds on old basses -- especially if it's a loaner. I had swing bass strings on my 68 eb3, and they've left noticeable grooves on the frets. I think the metal used for frets was softer back then.

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