What's Your Brand?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Funk, Jul 18, 2021.

  1. D'addario

  2. Ernie Ball

  3. DR

  4. Rotosound

  5. La Belle

  6. Elixer

  7. Fender

  8. Dunlop

  9. Thomastik-Infeld

  10. GHS

  11. Cleartone

    0 vote(s)
  12. SIT

  13. Other (Carrots)

  1. Funk

    Funk Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    Curious to see what brand is most commonly used by TalkBass. If you could leave a comment on why you prefer that brand, that would be very helpful.
  2. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    i voted "other" --- the brand isn't as important to me as the qualities the string brings to the game. i have a few go-to brands that i like, but it's just a habit...familiarity! give me some light-gauge, highly compliant, round wounds and i'll probably find something good about them.

    i like 'em all! :D

    'cept flats. :laugh:
  3. I like Rotosound swing bass but my favorites are Ken Smith Rockmasters. I figured those wouldn't be on the list.
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  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Dunlop Super Bright Nickels and Flats in 40-100 (40-120 on my 5's). I love the low tension, the sound, and the feel.
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  5. tindrum

    tindrum Supporting Member

    May 2, 2007
    Suffolk, VA
    For me it’s Super Brights 40-100 or DR Low Riders in the same gauge, depending on the bass.
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  6. Barry Vestal

    Barry Vestal

    Nov 24, 2015
    D'addario Chrome's ECB80 set....They just work for me and last for years...:bassist::bassist::hyper:
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  7. nadeau14


    Jun 22, 2021
    I have two sets. The fender set that came on the bass and a set of Ernie Balls. I alternate them after soaking them in 99.9% alcohol overnight. They sound new for a while then I switch them again. I guess I’ll keep doing this until they wear out.
  8. KevinDBassist


    Aug 14, 2020
    St. Louis
    D’addario Chromes custom set 45-65- 85-105 .
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  9. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    OP should've allowed multiple votes. Most members here own more than one bass and despite some chose a certain brand for majority or all of their basses, lots of others use various brands of strings with no preference towards one brand, other than what goes best with each bass. Or, they are on a quest to find the best strings match for his/her basses.

    Currently, I have a tie between Dunlop and D'Addario. Each are on 4 basses. But, I've put on also La Bella, GHS and Elixir on the others.
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  10. mdjuszyn


    Nov 17, 2011
    DR Nickel Lo Riders and Pure Blues.
  11. David McIntire

    David McIntire

    Apr 5, 2020
    D'Addario. ProSteels 99% of the time, even on my fretless. But I enjoy the consistency and longevity, and tight response an higher tension of D'Addario strings across the board.

    If I can't find ProSteels, DR steels are my next choice. I do prefer hex core for tension's sake. But the Fat Beams are a great change of pace.
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  12. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    GHS black tapewounds.
    More responsive than any flatwounds I've ever tried, including Thomastik-Infeld and Ernie Ball Cobalts.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2021
  13. Datsgor

    Datsgor Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2000
    DR Pure Blues, Sunbeams, Steel Low riders
    Rotosound 66 Steel and 77 flats
    Pedulla nickel rounds
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  14. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
  15. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    He also should've spelled elixir right. That probably swayed some of us snobby bass playing types to choose other simply because it was spelled wrong.
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  16. I actually like a lot of different strings, would have been nice if you allowed multiple votes. My favorites are La Bella DTB, Rotosound Swing 66's and DR Sunbeams. I happen to be on a Roto kick right now so selected those.
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  17. Well, he also spelled La Bella wrong too. But I'm not enough of a snob to correct him. :laugh: Besides, I've been on a Rotosound kick lately.
  18. Obese Chess

    Obese Chess You Guys Are Getting Paid? Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2005
    Portland, OR
    After receiving a bass with SIT Nickel Power Wounds on it, I've now switched almost all of my basses to them. They have a growl and clarity I haven't found on anything else and they last forever. My Dingwall gets Paysons and my 83 P-Bass gets Rotosound Flats, but my MUB, Yamaha, Fernandes, and 2001 P-Bass all get SIT Power Wounds.
  19. johnh89


    Jan 25, 2020
    Kent UK
    Roto 88 tapes on 2 basses
    Roto 77 flats on the P
  20. RandalPinkFloyd


    Jun 3, 2012
    For about 10 years straight I was a DR guy, but recently I've been using D'addario's. Really like them.
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