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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by fat-k, Apr 5, 2005.
why do decent strings cost like 40 bucks?
IMO they're too expensive, but there are some good cheap ones - especially if you need them dirt cheap, check out the D'adrio (cant spell) twin packs at MF - comes out to like a little over 10 bucks a pack.
Yesterday i bought one 6 strings set Ken Smith it costs 60$
Because they can be.
I buy Smith 5 string sets from MF @ $14.99/set. OK strings at a great price.
I use DR hi beams @ $105Aus for a 6 string set. It sux that I can only afford to change them twice a year but they are DRs and they easily last that long
You may need to define "expensive" or "decent." There are many good sets of strings that are less than $40.
I pay $25-$30 for High-Beams and I definatly get my moneys worth with how long they last. I put some on in october and I'm going to get another set in a couple of days. I got 6 months out of one set, that's roughly twice as long as most strings. I probably should have changed them a little earlyer but you still get a good 4-5 months out of a set if you treat them right. I'd say that's a pretty good deal. I do agree some strings are pretty outragious. Anything above $40 is too much, If you pay that much for strings they better last you a long time and they better sound awesome.
I used to use Rotosound strings before I switched to the DR Chromes, and the Rotosounds were only around $20 or so at GC.
The reason why strings are so expensive is that bass strings ar just harder to make. A guitar string is a core of a determined size, and one wrap of a determined size. Now a bass string is a larger core, and multiple wraps of sometimes varying sizes. And they are quite a bit longer. It is a lot harder to wrap a bass string in a stable way with a couple of layers, instead of just one. More material and more work equals more money out of your pocket. If you want cheap strings, save up some money and buy bulk, if you can.
Skjold Design will soon be offering our own strings made to our specifications , they will be sold direct and I hope to offer them for around 20.00. Strings are like soda at a fast food place, inflated for pure profit.
I am not sure there is any reason why strings are any more than 10 bucks a pack-They can't cost more than a dollar a pack to manufacture. But for what it is worth, webstrings.com are decent and cheap, and Carvin strings are rebranded La Bellas.
Because the string cartells have a monpoly on the string trade and they know they've got you by the balls. What are you going to do, put GUITAR strings on your bass?
When i use flats they run from 40-60 bucks. Its worth it, they last for a while, and sound great.
But if the cost in the labor to produce, then how come there is such a disparity in prices? Sets will go from $10 to $60, yet they all require essentially the same labor to manufacture.
For great strings at a reasonable price, definitely try some SIT PowerWounds. I absolutely love those strings. bassguitarstrings.us sells them for good prices.
Well, some of that is brand affiliation. Also, materials can acutally differ greatly.
It's because they're made from gas
Here your basic set of 5 starts at $65. I wish I could pay $25 or even $40..........
Most of the good strings you guys are talking about only cost about $25. That sounds pretty good I thought.
Over in the states I pay $18.50 for my LaBella's, $18 for D'Addario's and I buy my flats used
You don't HAVE to play the most expensive strings out there, and you save a LOT of money buying online.