What strings make BG sound closer to Double Bass?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Dan Relhby, Apr 7, 2002.

  1. I really want to make my Fender Jazz Bass sound as close to DB as it could. Perhaps I just should buy DB, but now I don't have this opportunity.. So can anyone advise me what certain model(s) of strings to buy? Thanks!
  2. haiku


    Apr 6, 2002
    Most any flatwounds.
    Try Fender 9050s
    Or some Rotosounds.
  3. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I've tried a stack of flats, and the ones that are the most URB-ish to my ear are the Fenders. Very thumpy and tubby sounding, but with good sustain. If you want them to sound even more URB-ish, use a foam mute under the strings down at the bridge.
  4. I use Thomastic-Infield Jazz flats on my Jazz and Precision fretless. I use Pyramid Gold Nickel flats on my Alembic. I use LaBella gut strings on my Kay upright.

  5. I agree with the Fender 9050 recommendation. These are very warm flatwounds with a "thump" on the low end like you are being hit in the chest. :D
  6. Jontom


    Mar 11, 2002
    New York
    I would have to strongly recommend LaBella black nylon tape flatwounds(Deep Talkin'). Great for dub/reggae or walking swing. If you have an acoustic bass guitar, try Thomastik-Infeld AB-344's. These are good for piezo pickups. Nothing beats an old standup with Spirocores on it,however, so keep saving...
  7. Good suggestions so far, but, AHA! Not all DBs sound the same. :D

    My MIM fretless Jazz came with Fender strings, but, I don't know if they were 9050s. Anyway, I put a set of Rotosound 77s on it, and the tone really came to life. A little less thumpier than the Fenders and more open sounding. Closer to a roundwound. Both are good strings. Haven't tried the Thomastics yet.

    Mike J.
  8. Thanks for your recommendations. Did anybody use those flatwounds on fretted base? What does it sound like?
  9. Velkov


    Jan 17, 2001
    Lansdowne, Ontario
    TI-jazz flats. They are very low tension but sound amazing. As close to DB as I've heard. I've also tried fender 9050's and D'Addario chromes. If you want a DB sound TI is the way to go.
  10. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Dan- Yeah, I've used a ton of flats on fretted. I'm sticking with my 9050 recommendation, but there's nothing wrong with TI's, either. They probably sound more like an upright with TI Spirocores.
  11. *ToNeS*


    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    Haiku's are stupid
    You are crap for liking them
    I should kick your arse
  12. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    piezos also work
    if money is no object
    go and try some out
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