Wich are the best E and A strings with GUT G, D?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by Hofimbass, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. Hofimbass


    Dec 11, 2013
    Hey guys,

    I'm jazz bass player and I want to change my bass strings. I used Thomastic (medium, full set) spirocore but I wanted to change to GUT strings. I'm using now Götz G,D strings with Thomastic E and A. But there are not the best together. The thomastics are too hard..I need some other possibility but i don't have so much money so for me Eudoxa, Oliv, Velvet Garbo... strings are too expensive. And i have some problem, my bass is a new bass (3 years old) and it have not so big fat low tension.. So i need some string that can help for it! (I tought evah pirazzi or zyex or something like this..)
    Thank you guys the answers!
  2. Old Spiro Weichs are nice, stable and last forever. Velvet Anima or Garbo can work well with gut but are expensive and fragile. Or you could go all gut and deal with the tuning issues the wound lower strings present.
  3. Nathan Levine

    Nathan Levine Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2008
    Anchorage, AK
    Animas if you bow those low strings. Garbos if you don't. I liked the combo so much that when I switched to 5ths tuning the first strings I ordered were a low C and a low G from the Velvet Compas 180 set.
  4. DC Bass

    DC Bass Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Washington DC
    My teacher uses Evahs under plain gut on one of his basses.

    I think the Sheriff's Spiro Weich idea is good too.

    I've never used Velvet strings, so I can't comment on them.

    Another idea that could save you some cash- "bump" the Spiro Mitts you already have.
    Put the A string in the E position (and tune to E) and the D in the A position (and tune to A). Hopefully they won't be too low tension.

    It's worth a shot!

  5. Spiros or Evah P weich would work well, I bet. I have an old (I think I'm the third owner) Oliv A string and a Garbo E string with a Dlugolecki D and G on my bass now, and I really like it. I was going to try a used Spiro E I have, but have been lazy!
  6. davpal


    May 19, 2006
    Lambertville, NJ
    I think Velvets match the tension and feel of guts very well. The transition between the two types are pretty seamless when you are playing. The Velvets are are quite durable too, at least the E and A you can get many years out of. And the guts can last very long too. Could be expensive if you jump right into it but these things come up used pretty often right here on TB!
    Good luck!
  7. lrhbass

    lrhbass Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Yes, try to find used Velvets here ...a great combo with upper Guts.....:cool:
  8. Will Kelly

    Will Kelly

    Mar 3, 2010
    Spiro Solo E and A are a nice match also.
  9. walkin


    Jul 31, 2006
    Spiro Weich match very well,
    Oblis too
    I'm finding the EP too dark for gut strings.
  10. Innovation super silvers or silver slaps are a great match for guts.
  11. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    With plain gut G/D, Velvets Animas are great; with wound gut (Oliv/Eudoxa), EP Weich are a nice match for pizz and arco.
  12. +1
  13. I've used Spirocores under Golden Spirals for about 15 years. The tension is a terrible match, my G and D are thicker than my E and A, but I love the sound and all my playing has grown up around this set.....
  14. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    +1 on Super Silvers...great price too. I use Oliv's and just picked up a set of wound Gamuts to try. Personally, I kinda like Jargar Dolces, but they aren't for everyone
  15. Greg Clinkingbeard

    Greg Clinkingbeard

    Apr 4, 2005
    Kansas City area
    Setup and repair/KRUTZ Strings
    You're not the only one:

    I liked either EP Weichs or Garbo A and Anima A below Gamuts. I'm using Spirocore Mitts now.