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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by E.Z., Apr 1, 2005.
What strings are you using on your Wals?
What roundwounds do you like best on them?
DR Highbeams on both of my 5-string Wals...both fretless and fretted. After years of trying many different types, these seem to sound the best for my tastes, be flexible, last the longest and have a softer feel that I see doesn't chew-up my fingerboard or frets very much. Importantly, they seem to better allow the sounds of my Wals to come through instead of color them.
Same here, i use DR mm Fat beams for both my 4 and 5 stringers .45 .65 .85 .105 .125 stainless steel round core
Depends on the finish and frets (or lack thereof):
Satin/Fretted - DR Highbeams
Poly/Fretted - Elixer Nanoweb
Fretless - Elixer Nanoweb
.045-.105 on the 4-string basses
.045-.135 (tapered B) on the 5-string basses
.035-.135 (tapered B) on the 6-string basses
I find the DRs to be a bit brash on the poly gloss Wals but love them on the satins...especially my MkI shedua/rosewood. The Elixers are great strings and last forever. They cost more up front, but they save a ton in the long run. They are a bit more subdued, so you may not like them if you like a real bright string. Elixers come in a Polyweb and Nanoweb coating. The Nanoweb is a bit thinner and, to my ear, lets the true sound of the string come through better.
Just my thoughts...
My "standard" string is DR Lorider nickel. On my fretted Mach3 with maple facings/hard gloss finish and ebony board, I switched to DR LoRider stainless to add a little zing and open up the slightly more compressed sound that particular instument has. I also use TI Powerbass on my fretted Wals and just started using Ritter Swordsteels on my fretless, which I really like.
Thanks for your information. It will surely save me alot of time and strings.
It seems that most of you gravitate to the DR Hibeams, How about the Sunbeams? Any opinions?
My Wal is a 1987 fretted rosewood board MK1. It has a poly finish maple neck, and I'm assuming the board is a natural finish. Here are some photos.
DR Low Rider Nickels .45-130 for low B. They do last quite awhile !