Which strings would work for me?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by MyOwnSummer69, Jan 5, 2001.

  1. MyOwnSummer69


    Jan 5, 2001
    I've been playing bass for nearly 5 months, and I play a 4 stringed Memphis. I am wondering what kind of strings would work for me, if I'm trying to get a heavy metal sound?

    And is it normal for my strings to 'buzz' when I hit a string? It seems as if the only problem is on my E string. The others sound great, and yes I have them tuned properly to standard tuning. (E,A,D,G) Can anyone help?
  2. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego

    Bass Strings :D

    Seriously, metal guys use a lot of different strings. You might try Ken Smith Rock Masters - they're bright, loud, and not very expensive.

    You may need to raise the E string bridge saddle.
  3. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Arrgh, `ya beat me Max! :p .

    You've seen the Hemingway version, now let's hear from Faulkner...
    There's another feller here (Scuzzy666) that's workin' on a H/M tone.
    Actually, "heavy and demonic" ~ http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=8918
    You might wanna' email him and see how the quest is goin'.

    I've tried DR Hi-Beams, Tapercores, and Sunbeams.
    They all have a very rich sound, full of overtones.
    AND they have a good "feel" `cause they're wound on a round core (vs. hex core).
    Herm (the moderator) is havin' a "clearance sale" and could fix you up.
    There's also http://www.juststrings.com
    I'm not really familiar with the Memphis line.
    Are there adjustments on the E string saddle?
    That is, down where the string anchors, the hunk of metal
    that the string passes over. There are usually two small
    Allen-type screws in the "saddle".
    Try raising those a tad to get rid of the buzz. You'll probably need to
    re-set the "length" screw as well. It's the one that runs
    in-line with the string, at the back of the bridge.
    Check the E string tuning while you're doing this - open and at the 12th fret.

    [Edited by notduane on 01-05-2001 at 10:32 PM]
  4. if its anything like the memphis bass i had there really is much to adjust. my bridge was a chunk of tin screwed into the body.