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Which strings for me?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Plain Old Me, Dec 5, 2005.


  1. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    I have recently been popping strings, first the G and then the A, on my Traben Phoenix 5 String. I am going to get a new set of strings for this baby, and I wanted to know what you guys recommend. I play mostly fingerstyle, but recently I have been slapping and popping just as much as I have been playing fingerstyle. I occasionally tap as well. I want strings that are good for the styles described above. I play a lof of different kinds of music, ranging from metal and rock to funk to a bit of jazz, but mostly rock. Oh, also if it makes any difference, my bass has string thru body.
     
  2. irjason

    irjason Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2001
    Louisville, KY
    I really like the Nickle Plated DR Lo-Riders on my Warwick. Good feel, and a long lasting "new string" sound.
     
  3. AxtoOx

    AxtoOx

    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    I use stainless DR's, Lo Riders on my 5 and Hi Beams on my 4's.
     
  4. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    What sonic differences are there between the nickel and stainless DRs?
     
  5. AxtoOx

    AxtoOx

    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    I've been playing stainless for a long time now so I'm used to them but from what I understand they are brighter,last longer, but are rougher on you fingers and frets.
     
  6. irjason

    irjason Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2001
    Louisville, KY
    I think the Nickle Plated strings sound a little more mellow than stainless.
     
  7. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    What gague should I be looking at? I want a nice and thick tone, but I also do not want the low B to be loose.
     
  8. AxtoOx

    AxtoOx

    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    I use 30-125, and I just looked at the box and I'm embarassed, I use Long Necks not Lo Riders,because they are taperd.
     
  9. naughtry

    naughtry

    Jan 31, 2004
    NYC / D.C.
    for Low-Riders...
    SS has a dark agressive growl and has a more metallic and pingy attack.

    Nickel is smoother sounding and easier on the ears. I prefer these and the high beams to SS low riders normally but i have found that SS's record more cleanly as they have more compressed and focused sound.