What strings are good for classic rock?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Jaco Baco, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. Jaco Baco

    Jaco Baco

    Apr 13, 2012
    Hey everyone, I just wanted some people's opinions on what strings I should use for classic rock. Right now I'm using the stock strings, I'm not exactly sure what they are.
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

  3. soulman969

    soulman969 Inactive

    Oct 6, 2011
    Englewood, Colorado
    Whichever ones sound best to you. The world of strings is at your doorstep. Follow mmbongos advice and let your keyboard do the walking. Email Jason and tell him what kind of bass you play and what kind of tone and feel you're looking for and he can give you some suggestions. That's what many of us do. He's a fountain of info about strings.
  4. jarrydee


    Oct 22, 2011
    I asked a smiler question on TB about my Pbass, I play classic rock and I bought some DR sunbeams on the recommendation of fellow TBers and love them, I have no ned to keep trying different string, it will be sunbeams from now on!!
  5. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
  6. klokker


    Jan 7, 2009
    Steele City, NE
    I found nickel DR lo-riders to be the best for me for classic rock. Sunbeams are my favorite string in terms of sound (TI Powerbass strings are sweet as well), but lo-riders bring out your mid range a bit more, have a bit less bottom end to them, higher tension, are bit more aggressive and sit in the mix with our band the best. IMO, of course.

    Flats are often used as well, but just don't work as well overall in our band.
  7. jarrydee


    Oct 22, 2011
    Got a set sitting hear and am one of the few that did not care for them!
  8. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    What strings are good for classic rock?


    The ones you like.
  9. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    Rotosounds may be a good place to start.
  10. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Lol. Rotosounds are probably the top or near top roundround strings sold for classic rock. Being the first maker of roundwounds and fave of many classic rock musicians playing their stuff when it was new. GHS, Daddario, Ernie Ball as the other 3 brands that come to mind for strings available and popular back then.
  11. Circle Ks!!
  12. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    Any strings will work
  13. soulman969

    soulman969 Inactive

    Oct 6, 2011
    Englewood, Colorado
    Yeah, except the best ones for metal. Never mix up the two. ;)

  14. Yeah......if you mix the two up it will sound like a cat in a washing machine.....and that ain't a good thing! :D
  15. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Depends on your definition of "Classic Rock." Rush is classic rock, so is AC/DC. Two bands, two completely different bass tones, two different types of strings required.
  16. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Inactive

    Jan 20, 2011
    The ones you play well, in tune, on time.
    Check out the bass string bargain bin at bassstringsonline.
  17. Agreed on sunbeams on Pbass - the only ones I even bother with anymore.

    I'm still trying to figure out what's best on fretless J bass though - I'm a lot more picky about specific "woody" tone characteristics there... Unfortunately, it's still trial and error - nobody can really determine what's best except me, but these strings are getting expensive!
  18. Any strings. I personally favor EB Cobalts, and anything from DR.
  19. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Classic rock = flats. That's it. There are plenty of different flats. Myownself, I like Labella Deep Talkin' Flats.

    Since I'm an old fart, anything later than 1980 isn't classic rock to me.
    Kipp Harrington likes this.
  20. A good bass player is not dependent on a specific set of strings to play a specific style....