What's your "essential" String?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Ezmar, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. C

    0 vote(s)
  2. G

    4 vote(s)
  3. D

    7 vote(s)
  4. A

    33 vote(s)
  5. E

    14 vote(s)
  6. B

    6 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Ezmar


    Jul 8, 2010
    Kind of an odd Idea, but I'll do my best to explain.

    So you know when you break a string, sometimes it doesn't matter much, and you can keep playing without it? Well for me, that works pretty well, unless it's the D string. It must be my most used string, since I can barely play without it. Any of the other 3 are fine, A is a little worse. But Without a D string, it just ruins everything.

    Does anyone else know this feeling?
  2. I've never broken a string but without question it's the A string. That said I wouldn't be completely gimped without the use of any one string, but I also would restring the guitar immediately, so it would never happen.
  3. Ezmar


    Jul 8, 2010
    I have an image of you during a show, Breaking a string, and INSTANTLY putting a new one on. It is a wonderful image.
  4. MarkA

    MarkA In the doghouse. Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    This is fun. On a four string, I guess I could get by most easily without a G (this coming from someone who likes to play chords and harmonics, etc., and uses every fret on the bass). The remaining three are tougher. Depends what I was playing. Slapped octaves? Take out E or A and I'll be okay with E to D or A to G. I was messing around on six string the other day, actually, playing a funk line, trying to keep the essentials of it while taking away one string at a time. You can groove pretty hard on three strings. You can still do a lot on two.

    I guess on 4 string I'd most hate to lose D. On six, tough call between D and A -- with B, E, and A together you can do some nice grooves and still reach across from A to G for octaves and 7ths... or over to C for some 10ths (to get the 3rd of a chord if you want it).

    Rambling answer to a funny question. You did make me think.
    Edit... I was thinking D, but now am inclining toward A -- those three string grooves I was playing on six were more often on E, A and D, I think, than B, E, and A. Depends on the context, I think.
  5. 4dog


    Aug 18, 2012
    AAAAAAAAAAAAA,,,,,,gottA hAve it.
  6. bassist4dalord

    bassist4dalord Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    SW Missouri
    I actually own a 3-string Fender BG-31 acoustic bass. The E-string slot on the bridge broke and will require $100 in repairs. So I've been playing it with just the three strings, and it gets the job done.

    However, that bass will be gone soon, as my lovely wife surprised me with a new Ibanez AEB5E that has all four strings!! :hyper:

    I voted A. Wouldn't want to play a bass without that string; it's probably my favorite one on any bass.
  7. BassPlayer900


    Oct 19, 2011
    All of them.
  8. Demonjrx


    May 30, 2012
    United States
    It all depends for me. I rely a lot on my D string, but in all honesty if I lost it, I could just play the notes on the A or G. Now a B string, I may be screwed without that (Even though I rarely use it.)
  9. pocketgroove


    Jun 28, 2010
    The A string...I guess a lot of other people feel the same way.
  10. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    23 ft below sea level
    The A string may be used most, but most notes I play on A can be done higher up on E as well. This of course also holds for E and B. I converted to BEAD, as I didn't really need the G.
  11. You've broken a bass string before...on accident? You go hard, man.

    If one of my strings miraculously broke ("It's a christmas miracle!"), the worst one for me would be the A string.
  12. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    I'm trying to wrap my head around the scenario of three strings all breaking at the same time; seems a tad implausible to me. If there was one string I could live without, it would be G, since I seem to be fretting the D higher than I used to to eliminate the twanginess.
  13. Ezmar


    Jul 8, 2010
    Yes, for those of us that don't use flats, it's quite common.
  14. Umm...Hmm.. I disagree with this. I use roundwound strings most of the time, as do all the local bassists I know. And I haven't known a single bassist that's broken a bass string.
  15. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    In 26 years, I've only broken one string, 25 years ago. And, it was my own fault.

    I could probably get along easiest without my E or G. A is my most used.

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