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Warwick Black Label Strings

Discussion in 'Bass Strings' started by ODDBALL, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. ODDBALL

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    Hello All,

    Where can I buy some of these, specifically the 5 string set with the .130 B?

    Thanks

    Shaun
     
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    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    They are not bad strings, but if you like their sound you might want to try EMP: They sound the same, and last way longer.
     
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    My impression is that Black Labels have a bit of a dull sound right out of the box. Not necessarily bad but just a bit timid with treble. Could be wrong though, as it's been ages since I last used them. About the EMPs I find them too harsh for the fretting hand, and I think they die as quick as regular strings. All that coarse texture picks up grime pretty quickly. Again with a degree of uncertainty since it's been ages since I used those as well.
     
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    I usually use DR Pure Blues. I do have a oak of Wick Red’s. How are the Red’s?
     
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    I tried blacks and EMP. Returned to using DR low riders.
     
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    Does anyone know if there are sound clips on this forum of different strings used?

    Thanks
     
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    Hardy Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    On our first EP I played Earnie Ball Cobalt slinky, on the second Dean Markley Blue Steels. But the basses are different, first Infy LTD 2000 and then a SS2. I could post the links if you like. But with Warwick strings I don´t have sound clips at hand.
     
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    Not Warwick specific, but still I think you will find this quite interesting:
    https://www.drstrings.com/sound-samples
     
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    The black labels are good, solid strings with a nice stiff tension. They do not produce loads of treble like, say, slinkies would. The treble is in balance and clear one might even say silvery sheen.

    They sound great on modern basses like Warwick, Zon etc. Haven't tried them on my Fenders or Rics. Point is they are good sounding strings.

    With EMP I found three times in a row the E string would sound dead within two weeks while the other strings were still fine. Definitely a bad and overpriced product.

    The one reason I returned to using the low rider s is they sound at least as good as black labels and last longer in my case.

    That said, everyone's fingers and their acidic levels have a different effect on how long the strings last. I change strings about every three months.
     
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    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    I think Black Labels and EMP (did I tell you they sound exactly the same?) have plenty of treble freq. They are scooped though, so they lack some high mids, probably this is missing to your sound.
    They are awesome for snarly modern metal sound. I liked them a lot on my SSII that is very strong in mids (I used to boost the mid pot a lot too. But I didn't liked them on naturally scooped basses.
     
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    I’m thinking of giving the Black Labels a try. What can I expect? Do they make the Warwick tone shine? What about on a Katana?

    Thanks
     
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    I was kinda wondering the same. Hoping you get a set of those and let us know what they sound like on your fine bass. :)
     
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    Yeah, I think I’ll buy a set and try them out.
     
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    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    They have a scooped sound, with lows and highs. I found them to be a good fit for basses with natural strong mids, like SSII.
     
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    Sounds like a good string. I have heard these are comparable to DR Hi Beams. I wonder how these would be on a Katana.
     
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    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    Nope, they don't sound like Hi Beams. More scooped :)
     
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    So Hi Beams are not as scooped?
     
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    Which should I go with DR Hi Beams or Warwick Black Lables? Cost isn’t an issue. Which for my Katana?

    Thanks
     
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    Your question has been answered a number of times now in this thread.
    Buy strings you must. Chop chop off to the shop you go.

    Cost isn't an issue? buy a pack of both.
     
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