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What bass strings?

Started by Mick, September 19, 2012, 06:47:36 AM

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Mick

A couple of questions.  What are the best srings to use on a four string electric bass?  And how often should you change them?
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I use Ernie ball super slinkys and change them every 6 month's or so.  To be honest, try different strings and see what you like. I cannot play with flat wound strings or other fancy blends as for gauge that's more to do with preference
I use the ernies on my guitar too any my reason for picking them is I can never remember what strings I want and these come in a neon pink packet so easy to spot in the shop. 

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Hinfrance

I can't abide flat wound strings either. But it's got to be a matter of taste.

I use Rotosound Swing Bass 45-105s or Elite* roundwounds (same gauge), with double ball ends for the Hohner Jazz bass. This is because I want to have a really bright but deep sound. In years of gigging a few times a week I can honestly say that I only ever changed a set of strings after either one of them broke or if the sound became dull - both of which events were rare. I might change them if I was doing some recording, but generally it was not necessary. I haven't played in anger for 10 years now and still have the same sets of strings on both basses that I had when I was last on stage. They still sound and look bright - but I do give them a good rub down with a decent duster or lint free cloth at the end of every playing session and South West France is mostly warm and dry :)

Six string guitars, on the other hand . . . many changes of strings, and at least once every six months. They just don't last. I've never really settled on a brand for them, just the gauge - 09s.

*Looks like your hero Norman Watt-Roy uses Elites ;)

Mick

Thanks for the feedback on this, I've seen many people recommend the Ernie ball slinkys, and they were also recommended for the very cheap six string Strat copy that I have too. 

Although they actually recommended the Cobalt one's for that guitar, due to it's cheap underpowered pickups I guess. http://www.ernieball.com/products/electric-strings/4974/cobalt-super-slinky
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Quote from: paulnoise on April 19, 2013, 08:14:43 AMI use Ernie ball super slinkys and change them every 6 month's or so.  To be honest, try different strings and see what you like. I cannot play with flat wound strings or other fancy blends as for gauge that's more to do with preference
I use the ernies on my guitar too any my reason for picking them is I can never remember what strings I want and these come in a neon pink packet so easy to spot in the shop. 

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Sounds like a solid choice! Ernie Ball Super Slinkys are a popular pick for a reason. Trying different strings to find what suits you best is always a good idea. And the neon pink packet definitely makes them easy to spot!

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