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Things you need to know about strings

Discussion in 'Bass Strings' started by DiMarco, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. DiMarco

    DiMarco nutcase Good Vibe Sponsor

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    When I experienced problems fitting my standard .45 gauge DR Low Rider strings with the 1995 bridge I simply replaced it with a new (cast) bridge.

    Both the B and E strings wouldn't fit into that sad excuse for a bridge Warwick used back then. Also, like many 5 and 6 string bridges from that era it had collapsed under the force of the strings. Poor poor quality hardware was used in those days by W!

    Anyway new bridges won't cost you an arm and a leg and they will make life a lot easier.
     
  2. Hammerdin_930

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    Thanks for the guide then. So that means I have to go with a tapered 5th or settle with a super light 120.
     
  3. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    I always file the tailpiece. It takes about 10 minutes, while watching TV
     
  4. reatsch

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    I solved the problem on my CT5 with a file.

    For everyone who needs to do this mod, check all the holes in the tailpiece! i had to file the B, E and A string hole.
     
  5. Nachobassman

    Nachobassman Bass, Tapas, and Rn´R!

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    Hey guys, easy question:

    Are those Warwick Yellow Label, nickel strings, the same as the Red Label Nickel?
     
  6. thefitz

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    I was about to say no, Reds are steel and Yellows are nickel. However, I see there's a nickel version of the Reds.

    What is indeed with that? It would make sense to have one or the other, but not both. Why would one prefer yellows over nickel reds, and vice versa?
     
  7. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    Yellows are made in US, red labels are made in China.
     
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  8. Henrythe8

    Henrythe8 Dolphin Hoarder

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    tried the Dunlop Strings that were given at BassCamp. I put them on my Dolphin Pro1 since the DR Black Beauties were worn out.
    They are really, REALLY, REALLY bright. WAYYYYY too bright. They are apparently design to be so, but this is wayy too much.
    I might try those with my Spector that has a really dark tone by itself.
    But careful if you try those.
     
  9. reatsch

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    Thanks Henry, good to know :)

    Have anyone maybe tried the ghs yet?
    I'm curious about their sound.
     
  10. Henrythe8

    Henrythe8 Dolphin Hoarder

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    I tried GHS a long time ago, very average, with all the good things implied. They're not very long lasting, but they're also on the cheap side of the spectrum.
    If you find some, I'll recommend to give a try to Skull Strings (I'm endorsed :) ) They're not *very* long lasting, but their construction allows for detuning & whole step without tension issues, and I really like the touch feeling.
     
  11. Hardy

    Hardy Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Just for those who want to know (I don´t think there are that many 10 string players out there?) - a set of strings for a 10 string Streamer has to be compilated. I think I will chose the EMPs:


    Hallo Hardy, ich habe Dir mal eine Liste der Seiten und Links angehängt. Viele Grüße und viel Spass mit dem 10seiter. Toller Bass! Viele Grüeß Anne

    Black Label

    Main Strings: Set: 40300
    http://shop.warwick.de/?&c=35352344...8644&collection_id=D0730082001321517300A17962

    - Low B String | 130 Gauge |
    - E String | 100 Gauge |
    - A String | 80 Gauge |
    - D String | 60 Gauge |
    - G String | 40 Gauge |

    Single Strings (Octave Strings)

    - Low B String | 60 Gauge | 40060 | http://goo.gl/PDz67K
    - E String | 45 Gauge | 40045 | http://goo.gl/1NG9Yn
    - A String | 35 Gauge | 40035 | http://goo.gl/XNsU0a
    - D String | 25 Gauge | 40025 | http://goo.gl/Gu3p45
    - G String | 17 Gauge | 40017 | http://goo.gl/4HLYf4
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    EMP STRINGS

    Main Strings: Set: 38300
    http://shop.warwick.de/?&c=35352344...8644&collection_id=D0966675001321517300A18099

    - Low B String | 130 Gauge |
    - E String | 100 Gauge |
    - A String | 80 Gauge |
    - D String | 60 Gauge |
    - G String | 40 Gauge |

    Single Strings (Octave Strings)

    - Low B String | 60 Gauge | 38060| http://goo.gl/jYaqOm
    - E String | 45 Gauge | 38045| http://goo.gl/z013ag
    - A String | 35 Gauge | 38035| http://goo.gl/6z8sLZ
    - D String | 25 Gauge | 38025| http://goo.gl/ZSqWKM
    - G String | 17 Gauge | 38017| http://goo.gl/j3cXAY
     
  12. Gnermo

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    Smart move, coated strings will last longer and will be cheaper for you in the long run.
     
  13. Hardy

    Hardy Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    These are my thoughts. Because I have too many basses I started to equip them all with coated strings (Elixir Nanoweb so far). Only the 4-string basses which I actually play in the band get pro steels for the most aggessive sound! :twisted:
     
  14. Hardy

    Hardy Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    O.K., I checked this. Buying the EMP strings directly from Warwick would cost more than 120,- EUR. I could buy the main 5 string set at Thomann and by doing so lowering the costs to 110,- EUR (incl. 5,- EUR shipping costs from Warwick). Still a silly price.

    The black label strings (buying the main strings at Thomann) would cost 62,- EUR plus 5,- EUR shipping costs.

    I also could mix GHS Boomers with these gauges: 20/40, 25/55, 35/70, 45/90, 55/120. Total costs 55,- EUR.
    Or I could mix D´Addario EXL (nickel wound) this way: 18/45, 28/65, 40/80, 50/100, 60/125. Total costs also 55,- EUR.

    I think I will go for the D´Addarios, because I have good experiences with them so far. Too bad the Warwick shop doesn´t offer discounts and additionally demands shipping costs. I really would like to use EMPs, but not for the double price of the D´Addarios or the Boomers.

     
  15. schlobodan

    schlobodan Warwick Streamer Specialist Good Vibe Sponsor

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    standard is a 105er set at least the spare strings coming with my streamer
    where 105:)
     
  16. stettoman

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    I guess I'm not surprised that there's not a lot of chatter over flatwounds--I spent my entire professional career playing on Rotosound Swingbass 45-105s back in the 80s when metal and headbanging were king...But once I picked up my Corvette fretless I had issues with 1) string winding noise, and 2) damage that roundwounds might do to a fretless surface. So I installed flatwounds (D'Addario's, I believe), and was duly impressed (I now play blues and blues-rock, as opposed to the heavier stuff of my evile youth). I wound up installing flats on all my basses. Compressors LOVE flatwound strings!

    I've had the same set of flats on the fretless for almost two years and they still ring and thump, though the E string is showing dead spots @ A and G, and that string will only intonate with the spring removed from the saddle--So it's time to change them out.

    I guess my point is that, if anyone here is playing blues of almost ANY kind, I would suggest giving the flats a test drive. They too are available in brighter and darker composites...
     
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  17. Gnermo

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    I've used flatwounds for about 1.5 years on my fretted Corvette $$ until they started to lose tension and I couldn't play comfortably anymore.

    I love the instant thump that flatwounds give, that fat bottom end, works great for rock music too...
     
  18. Coreyvette

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    Reatch, sorry this reply is months later, but on my 06 corvette $$ 4, I put the tailpiece on a vice and took a file to the E string slot to fit a 125. Do at your own risk, its not hard though, just a bit tedious.
     
  19. reatsch

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    Thank you coreyvette, I did the same thing already and now the strings fit in the tailpiece perfectly.

    Thank you for your reply :)
     
  20. Hardy

    Hardy Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I used a hammer and flattened the string... :evil:
     
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