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Which Metal E with Weedwackers?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by TheEmptyCell, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Jul 16, 2005
    Belfast, UK
    OK, I built a 4 string, upright, washtub bass and strung it with some weedwacker strings. The E string sucks, so I'd like to swap it out for a metal one. Currently looking at D'addario Helicore, any other suggestions? Obviously it doesn't have to have the greatest, most expensive E, just something that speaks better with decent tone.
  2. Try Innovation Silver Slaps. You might even want to get a whole set.
  3. I've run a steel E under whackers and wouldn't recommend it. Maybe an A tuned down to E, which will exert less force on the top and give you less sound.
  4. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    There are those who believe that only a Spiro of the appropriate gauge (solo tuned down, weich, mittel, stark, etc., in either 3/4 or 4/4 size, or a "bumped" A-string as set forth above) is the only "real" E string for anything.

    That said, an Innovation product might be a better match in the OP's situation.
  5. Or a LaBella Supernil E, which isn't bad under whackers.
  6. Paddy109


    Nov 26, 2011
    Silver or golden slap A bumped?
  7. I wouldn't recommend using an Innovation Slap A string downtuned to E. That would rattle a lot and give low output. The Innovation slap strings already have low tension in normal tuning.

    iiipopes talked about a bumped SPIRO!

    My Silver Slap E has about the same tension as a bit lower tension gut string (Efrano Elite set mixes well).

    I never tried the Golden Slaps, but read that they are a bit thicker (maybe closer to naked gut).
  8. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Jul 16, 2005
    Belfast, UK
    Thanks for the recommendations, lots to think about. The current nylon strings just quietly goes thud, and it's hard to tell the difference between Any note from open til about A.
  9. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Innovation Golden Slaps are exactly the same gauge and construction as Innovation Silver Slaps.

    The only difference is in the colour of the under-wrap. ;)