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What strings for traditional blues

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by straightblues, Mar 7, 2013.


  1. straightblues

    straightblues

    Mar 5, 2013
    I just recently got a mid 70's Japanese Jazz Bass. I play traditional blues like Muddy Water, Albert, Freddie and BB king sorta stuff. What strings would you recommend for this music and guitar?
     
  2. I don't know the years, but I'd venture to say that it was either uprights or electrics with flats for the originals of theirs.

    A lot of TB rates D'addario Chrome flatwounds pretty highly. I Use them in a seven piece Band I play with:bassist:.
    labella's seem to be a more traditional sounding flat (as Im told, Never used them)

    My vote goes to either Flats, or Tape wounds.

    Preference in Tension, cost and brightness matter. Let us know what you've been using and it gives a better starting point for comparisons
     
  3. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise. Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    I agree with using the Labella or Chromes flats for a good blues sound. I'm using Chromes flats on my Precision and Jazz in a Texas Blues trio. The sound is smooth, but still has definition. I reserve the Labella tapewounds for my fretless.
     
  4. StringsDirect

    StringsDirect

    Feb 21, 2013
    I'd agree with the above recommendations, both LaBella and D'Addario are great brands for Acoustic strings.
     
  5. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Chromes good thump with some bite.
     
  6. My favorite music to play is Blues and Reggae. I love the sound of Chromes for that fat, mellow tone.
     
  7. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9 Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    Arizona
    FLATS! Chromes, Ernie Ball Group III, Sadowsky, Labella are all good.

    I play blues and also like D'addario Half Rounds, Ken Smith Slick rounds and Compressors.
     
  8. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    I play in a Blues band too,Chromes are it for me on my 61 P and my Squier VM p..:bassist:
     

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