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What strings do you play?

Post by Dan » Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:45 pm

Just wondering what brand and gauge strings you guys play?

After years of exclusively using Rotosound, it seemed they lost quality in the last year or so, so I've started using Elixir strings. And to be honest I'm finding them to be great....good tension, sound nice and bright, and seem to last quite well.....plus they are coated in some stuff to keep them "lubed". Which is good because I was getting problems with strings (and my fingers) drying out too much.

What say you guys/gals?

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Post by beagle » Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:52 pm

Ernie Ball Extra for me... I get em at a good price and haven't had any reason to change

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Post by foal30 » Wed Dec 20, 2006 6:39 pm

I think I can't escape from a 105 "E".
anything else kills my touch. Like , offputting.

on my 5 its DR with a 125 "B"
Jazz is DR "Bootzillas"
Precision is D'Addario Chromes
Fretless is D'Addario Slowwound
Steinberger is LaBella.

It's quite expensive to experiment properley and I think half my decisions were fanboy, "hey Marcus plays DR!".
but I think certain habits develop or at least some form of "taste" emerges.
Strings might be superstious, heh.

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Post by ryla » Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:31 am

i agree about rotosound quality drop off. i used to use them exclusively, now i have been experimenting and im almost coming to a decision ive tried; ghs progressives - horrible, ken smith - ok but overly stiff, pedulla good, though i dont go for taperwound, dadarrio xl nickel - good, ernie ball slinky - no thanks, floppy; d'angelo- good; dr lo-riders great thogh i prefer the nickle; so im going to try dr sunbeams, but the only shop that sell dr is the rockshop chain and ive just called them to order and they not only have none in stock but their distributer has none so its a 3 month wait for those, as they are the only shop allowed to sell dr (one of the most popular brand of bass strings in the us/uk) !!

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Post by Jazzbass » Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:46 am

C&P from the flats thread to save time :)

I use Thomastik-Infield Jazz Flats on my Precision and Rotosound RS 77 Jazz Bass on my Jazz.

In the '70s I used Rotos roundwounds a lot, but man they were fret eaters! trouble was, they sounded so damn fine

On guitar ~ EB Slinkys for roundwound or D'Add chromes for flats (I use flats on my Strat for slide).

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Post by garethredington » Wed Dec 27, 2006 2:07 pm

generally go for ernie ball 45-130s or 45-105s or roto 45-105,if you get a few people together and get them off music123.com you can get them for a decent price

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Post by Cirrus » Thu Jan 18, 2007 6:19 pm

On the Jazz Bass, I favour nickel roundwounds, and have been using the unsilked Rotosound Roto Bass RB 45's. However, I'm due for a string change and am going to try a Carvin set that Jansen sell for less than $25, which are silked and apparently made by La Bella.

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Post by Mark Hughes » Fri Mar 02, 2007 6:44 pm

45-105, generally the Warwick yellow pack. They sound great, even when they are old and they last a long time and are cheap. There is a lot of BS around strings. Use what sounds good to you and feels good on your fingers. And change them when you want to change them, not when anyone says you should.
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Post by Dan » Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:19 pm

Mark Hughes wrote: And change them when you want to change them, not when anyone says you should.
Damn straight.

And welcome along Mark!

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Post by BrendonM » Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:46 pm

I'll third that :)

welcome Mark :)
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Post by Cory » Fri Mar 09, 2007 9:04 am

I just strung up a set of Rotosound RS 665LD's for the first time. I love these strings. They sound great. I'm just waiting to see how long the brightness lasts.

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Post by ryla » Mon Mar 19, 2007 1:56 pm

Where on earth can i buy a set of DR sunbeams (or even highbeams), rockshop says itll be a eight week wait! - (5 string pack)

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Post by BrendonM » Mon Mar 19, 2007 10:43 pm

My D'Addario's bright tone is lasting an adnormally long time...
just thought I'd mention it... normally I would've replaced them.
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Post by beagle » Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:26 am

How long have you had them on now Brendon?

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Post by BrendonM » Tue Mar 20, 2007 3:14 pm

I have had them on for four weeks now. Thats quite a few gigs as we played day and night gigs during two weeks of O-Week. Probably won't replace them for another week or two based on the tone and feel. In saying that I have just started using 'GHS Fast Fret' once again. I apply and clean before and after gigs.
I am impressed with the performance of the D'Addario string/ GHS Fast Fret combination.
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