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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by adam on bass, Sep 23, 2004.
What bass company, in your opinion, has the tighest, most atriculate "B" string?
Roscoe´s B strings are known to sound HUGE!!!
I've heard their B is just crazy also.
I've yet to hear a better B than on Status basses.
Knucklehead basses must have a fantastic low B but I've yet to play one.
I'm completely satisfied with both my Benavente.
Hard to beat the 37" B scale of a Dingwall I would imagine.
That being said, the B string on my 34" scale Fodera sounds better and feels tighter than many 35" scale basses I've played. The B on my Benavante 219B is huge as well.
Leland Sklar claims that Dingwall has the baddest b on the planet!
He He - My 6-string 36" scale custom made bass
Roscoe and no other bass I have ever tried or owned even comes close!
That I've played?
More or less in that order.
Never played a Dingy, so I can't say.
Dingwall wins. =0)
My brother's custom made 6-string 36" scaled-wenge-and-purpleheart-necked-heavy-as-a-mother bass.
Well, it's not a fair fight once you put the Dingwall's 37" B into the ring.
All have good solid B's, but as has been said, if you want a good, articulate, solid B, the Dingwall is the ONE.
Everyone's always coming up with the same group of basses but, don't forget Sadowsky and Musicman basses. I'd throw the b string of my Mike Lull MV5 into this mix.
If your B string is "everything" we spoke about, clear, articulate etc., but doesn't sound like the rest of the strings or is punchier or too articulate or outta balance, what good is it?
Please let us know what type of music you play, live or memorex?, size of venues, what's your backline amplification both speakers and amp/preamp etc. Do you go through the PA too if live?
You can have the greatest B string but if you play if horrific acoustics, having more bottom may not be what it takes for a B string to sound good.
Appreciate your answering some of these qualifiiers but generally the basses everyone individually and Gard as a group mentioned, + I'd had good luck with the other ones, and oh yeah, G&L's are nice B strings too, especially for the money.
Possibly, but a solid, articulate, "great" B can be worked with, massaged. A crappy one can't.
Yes, a Dingwalls low B - the voice of God.
Seconded. On many basses The B either stands out or drops out. I want it to seamlessly continue where the E ends. And I think G&Ls do this very well. In fact their B´s are among the best ones I have tried - although I must admit that my experience with high end custom instruments is very limited.
I've tried to point out before that "sounding articulate" and "feeling tight" are rather different things that may be working against each other--lighter guage strings tend to give a clearer sound while heavier ones feel tighter, for instance.
That said, I've owned lots of basses with great B's--Modulus, Curbow, Lakland, MTD, etc.--but the absolute best was a headless David King bass with a 36" scale wenge/purpleheart/ebony neck.