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Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by RIP, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. RIP

    RIP California U.S.A. Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I was a big time Boomer user but over the last couple of years I've been using Dr High Beams or Fat Beams

    What are you guys using?
     
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    Check the „What you should know about strings“ thread!

    Optima Gold for my stage basses, Elixir Nanoweb for the dust collectors.

    No problems with D‘Addario Prosteels and Dean Markley Blue Steel.
     
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  3. ectoflanger

    ectoflanger Supporting Member

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    Standard Warwick blacks on most of my wicks (except D'Addario flats or ground wounds on the 'Bette fretless 4)
    EB slinkies on my Jazz
    Fender nickel plateds on my P's
    D'Addario double ball ends for the Steinberger
     
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    Daddario prosteels 0.40, 0.60, 0.80, 1.00, 125tapered on Corvette, standard tuning.
    Would like 0.42 or 0.43 for G :)
     
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  5. TheHardOne

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    Nickel plated Elixir nanowebs on most all my different 4, 5, and 6 string fretted basses and love em. Sadowsky Black Label flats on my fretless Thumb 5 and think I'm sticking with those. Gonna need to find something for a fretless 6 but I'll worry about that when the bass gets here... spec'd the build with LaBella tapewound so I'll try it before I change anything.
     
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    DR Lo-Rider MH5-45 on all my basses.

    They last very long, sound fat but articulate and I prefer the B string to be .125 in a medium gauge set on any bass so it plays easier and responds better to being slapped.
    .130 or .135 which are used in most sets sound darker then the other 4 strings. .125 does not.
     
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    The Steinberger has .130, but apart from that I stick to .135 on my 5'er "Wicks. One thing I'll say is that the .135 on my Thumb BO 5 drones like nobody's business and I found it useful in the bassline for one of my songs where I drone the open B in counterpoint to a fretted note (I forgot which one now).

    But then again, I generally don't use slapping technique-

    I understand the appeal of lightness of the strings because the other strings on the Steinberger are .100, .080. .045, and .065 and it does make it easier to play.
     
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    Im using warwicks cheapest strings. 90 e string warwick red label. i dont understand the difference in strings but they make my basses sounds incredible. should i consider more expensive strings??
     
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    You are happy? Don’t change a winning team!
     
  10. ectoflanger

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    Not really- if you like them, then go with them.

    I have some reds and yellows from when there was a special sale—and I’ll use them when I run out of the blacks-
     
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    Ok- you can if you want— but not because you should- ;)
     
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    schlobodan Warwick Streamer Specialist Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I like Ernie Ball strings - especially cobalt.
    Thomastic for flatwounds but the cobalt are great as well.

    Optima gold on my buzzard and reverso I like the maxiflex more than the regular ones.

    Fodera strings are great too.
     
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    If I was to try anything different than my DR`s it would be these.....I heard a lot of good thing about these strings
     
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    I’ve been using nothing but Ernie Ball strings for the past 15 years. But I use the Hybrid Slinky set which is 45-105 and on my fivers I add a 130 B-string. I like that they’re available everywhere, are relatively inexpensive, and they provide a clear ballsy low end with singing high mids. I also like the firm feel they provide, especially because the bands I play in tune to Eb.
     
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    Huh....maybe I'll give these a shot to. I've heard some really good things about these also
     
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    Optima Goldsz
     
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    Dean Markley Blue Steels for about 25 years, medium light
     
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    Elixir Nickels 40-60-75-95-125
    DR High Beams 40-120
    DR Sun Beams 40-120
     
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    Try DR High Beams, it's an amazing scooped all around great string.
     
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    You slap the B? Damn, you 're being mean!
     
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