what kind of strings for a Sting Ray?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by nonsqtr, May 3, 2004.

  1. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Does anyone know, what kind of strings are on a new MM Sting Ray 5? I'm sure they're Ernie Ball's, but what kind, and what gauges?
  2. From the Ernie Ball faq site

    I think they're pretty good strings. Full bodied sound that suits the bass very good.
  3. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000

    If they're EB's, be prepared to buy a new set about every month :bag:
  4. Respect yourself & get some nickel DR's . . .Sunbeams or Lo-Riders :D
  5. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    Agreed :D :hyper:
  6. seansbrew


    Oct 23, 2000
    Mesa AZ.
    I agree with that as well. I did not care for the way SS strings sounded on my Musicman. I did not find a better NS string than the DR Sunbeams.
  7. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Do you DR lovers use the same gauges as the EB's (130-100-80-65-45)?
  8. tappel


    May 31, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    DR doesn't make a set in that gauge. Off the top of my head... I think other than Ernie Ball, D'Addario is the only other maker who offers that gauge in a pre-packaged set. Too bad; it's my favorite 5 string gauge.

  9. Ralphdaddy

    Ralphdaddy Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    Chicago, Illinois
    I've always used the DR mediums, it's .125-.105-.85-.65-.45 I really like a heavier B though, like Warwick's Black Label .135 is a really good B, but the DR's are great strings. I've used them with great results on my Sterling for two years.
  10. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Okay. I took the first step. I put on a set of D'Addario EXL-170's and set up the bass for the standard 125-105-85-65-45 strings. Now I can try the DR's without tearing my hair out (what little of it there is left, after doing two setups on the StingRay). :)
  11. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    I have been using DR Lo Riders on my Stingrays and Stingray 5's for years now and they seem to be a great match for those basses IMHO.
  12. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    LR SS are awesome strings.
  13. Lewk


    Oct 19, 2003
    I recently put some TI Jazz Flats on my stingray fretted 4. I like them so far, i think. I havn't actually had chance to try them in a live band situation as yet though, or on my "good" amp. Hopefully that day will come soon. They are still quite fresh and are supposed to improve with age, so i shall see what becomes of them.
  14. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    I tried the DR Sunbeams. My take on them is they're a little squishier than the D'Addarios. They have less definition in the low midrange "thump" area, making them perhaps a little muddier for slapping. But they're excellent fingerstyle strings. They're very responsive, and they don't hurt the fingers. They sound best when I boost the low midrange on the amp up a notch.
  15. I have Sunbeams on my Sterling & love'em for slapping -nuetral/w/o EQ, they're very well balnced - not muddy at all. They ARE especially ideal for bending. Low tension & great feel. I prefer them to hi-beams & lo-riders & d'ads. It's ok to slap Sunbeams!! :hyper: They're not just for fretless!! :hyper: :hyper: :hyper:
  16. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    The best tone I've ever gotten from my Ray5 is with Elixer Nanowebs. Really deep tone, no mud and a much more refined top end. YMMV
  17. :hyper:
    Yup, they're on my SR5 as well (my other favorite string)
    :hyper: :hyper:
    med/light gauge
    :hyper: :bag: :bag: