what strings do you like for a good rock tone on a Stingray?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Holy War, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Holy War

    Holy War Guest

    Sep 18, 2008
    VA Beach
    Just got a MM Stingray right before Christmas and though I like the feel of the strings on there (i dont know what they are, I bought it used), they are kinda muddy and dont have a very strong mid range. Im looking for some roundwounds that have high mids and cut through the mix and have a high tension to them. I like .45-.105 as well. What should I try out?
  2. funkybassinator

    funkybassinator Guest

    Jun 13, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    I love DR Lo-Riders
  3. CElton

    CElton I'm a new note finder...

    For some reason, Sting Rays just sound right with a set of Ernie Ball Slinkys. I will say, they don't seem to last as long as some other brands and next string change, I plan to try a set of Lo Riders.

    I tried Hi Beams for a while, not bad, but just didn't float my boat on the SR. They rock on my Jazz, though.
  4. excane

    excane Inactive

    Aug 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    Always used regular Slinkys on both my Stingray's.
  5. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Maybe Ken Smith Rock Masters?

  6. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

    Sep 9, 2006
    ProSteels, pair the stingray's aggressiveness with the scoop of the Prosteels and you have a monster.
  7. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

    Sep 9, 2006
    I had a set of those on a Sterling, absolutely wonderful.
  8. Holy War

    Holy War Guest

    Sep 18, 2008
    VA Beach
    anyone else
  9. cicatrice

    cicatrice Guest

    Jun 11, 2005
    I've used 45-105 in both EB Slinkies and DR Lo-Riders on my 3EQ Stingray. If you're looking for a tight, compressed sounding midrange, I'd say go for the Lowriders (or DR Black Beauties/Extra Life-- those are on my Stingray right now). They definitely age well; I had my Lo-Riders on for six months before I changed them. I guess to my ears, the DR's help flesh out the midrange (something like 250-800Hz) on the Stingray and add some low-mid growl.

    If you're looking for a really bright, aggressive, slightly scooped sound, I'd probably say go for the Slinkies-- especially if you tend to favor a pick (or slap, if you like a really bright slap sound) over fingerstyle. Just take care of them by wiping down after playing, and they'll stay that way for awhile. These strings, especially when new, tend to add a lot in the higher end of the spectrum (1k and above).
  10. Holy War

    Holy War Guest

    Sep 18, 2008
    VA Beach
  11. iplaybasstexas


    Apr 5, 2008
    rotosound swingbass 66. i use a set on all my basses. Sound great, last long, feel pretty good. i love them. pretty versatile too.
  12. Holy War

    Holy War Guest

    Sep 18, 2008
    VA Beach
    ya thats what I got on my jazz
  13. Geddy Claypool

    Geddy Claypool SX J-75/Traben Neo 4 -> SVT-CL/SVT-810E

    Aug 3, 2008
    Roto 66s are growl monsters. Also Elixir Nanoweb (while expensive) match really well with Sting Rays, and they last forever.
  14. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    DR highbeams 45-105. On my Ray's It's growl-city!
  15. casio

    casio Guest

    Aug 1, 2007
    I've used Hybrid slinkys and been pretty satisfied because they're cheaper than DRs, but whenever I get the chance to spend ona gig that pays better or when I record, nothing measures up to Hi Beams for me!
  16. ZanaZulu807


    Aug 6, 2007
    I like Rotosounds and they sound great, but after about a month's time they die out and it's a thuddy tone from then on. I'm a Lo-rider guy now, punch through the mix and my guitarist's chest with those low mids :bassist:.
  17. vapochilled

    vapochilled Guest

    May 29, 2005
    Sunshine State
    So far I have tried (MM SUB):

    EB Slinky - traditional "Sting Ray" sound IMO, could get bright on EQ
    EB Hybrid - Great finger style - couldn't pull off traditional slap w/ them
    Elixir - a darker versatile - sick slap tone w/ a 100 E I had an awesome setup
    Smith Rock Masters - very versatile, but E string went dull/lifeless quickly
    DMS Blue Steel - too bright had to tone down the treble when slapping ???

    I am yet to find a set of strings that sounds bad between the 2 band preamp (SUB) and the WalkAbout's preamp. I don't do much adjusting either. On the amp I only cut frequencies and do all boosting via on board electronics.