Wanted: Strings To Develop Hard Calluses On My Plucking Fingers

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by mrjim123, Jul 4, 2021.

  1. mrjim123

    mrjim123 Supporting Member

    May 17, 2008
    When I played in the 70's I had hard calluses on my plucking fingers. I no longer have those, but I miss them because they give my notes a more percussive attack, almost like playing with a pick.

    One reason I believe my calluses disappeared is that, IIRC, I played stainless steel rounds back then, primarily Rotosounds. Now I play either nickel rounds or flats.

    So, I'm looking for a low tension (loose) round wound string with harsh windings that i can load onto a practice bass, one that I will use for building my calluses. So, loose (low in tension) and harsh - any recommendations?
  2. What helps build calluses is a combination of rough, abrasive surface texture and stiffness. Lower tension means it will probably take longer to build calluses.

    That said, I would suggest Rotosound stainless steel rounds in one of the lighter sets if you want "loose and harsh".
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  3. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
  4. Get some extra course sandpaper and press your finger tips into it during idle hours.
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