which string for sustain and warmth (pizz)

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by ameuseall, Nov 5, 2003.

  1. ameuseall


    Nov 1, 2003
    I need advice on which strings to put on my 61 Kay for playing jazz. I am looking for warmth and sustain. Thanks .
  2. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    Warmth and sustain are most often contradictory in bass strings.
    To get a warm tone, they have to put dampening stuff in the string, and that decreases sustain. (typically orchestral strings)
    Strings well known for sustain:
    Thomastik spirocores
    Pirastro Jazzers
    D'Addario Helicore pizzicato series
    To get both qualities at medium level, you'd probably want to go with hybrid strings, like:
    Pirastro Obligatos
    Kolstein Varicors
    Thomastik Superflexibles (blue ends)
    D'Addario Helicore Hybrids (only marginally warmer than Pizz series)

  3. ameuseall


    Nov 1, 2003
    Thank you for the reply.
  4. Ameuseall, let me add one more to the list that Francois gave you. I put on a set of Pirastro's Flat Chromesteels a few months ago, and I'm quite happy with them. They are very warm to my ear (although I realize they may or may not be as warm on someone else's bass). Compared to my previous strings (Helicore Orchestra's), they are a paragon of warmth. And they have quite long sustain. The "E" doesn't quite have the liveness of the other three strings, but they work well for me. I play about 50% arco and 50% jazz pizz, and they're a good combination string for me.