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Unread 11-17-2011, 02:57 PM   #1
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Strings, what do you use?

I'm sure this has been discussed many times but don't see a recent thread. What strings do you use? What do you like about them? What strings do you not like?

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I've used a few different sets. I don't change strings too often (once a year seems to be the highest frequency) so I don't go through a lot of sets.

That being said, I've used DRs and Rotosounds and they both make an excellent string. The last set I had on (before changing strings a couple weeks ago) were D'Addarios. I don't know if it was because the gauge was lighter than I usually use or because I really like the look of cloth wrapped strings, but I wasn't ever really satisfied with them.

Right now my go-to string are Carvin branded strings. Carvin strings are manufactured by La Bella, who makes a pretty high end string. Since I buy directly from their showroom I paid $15+tax for a set (about the same cost as the last set of D'Addarios I had). The cheapest set of La Bella strings I've found ran around $40. I definitely think the Carvins compare well to the DR and Rotosound strings I've used (both of which were around $35/pack).

Now, the Carvins I'm using are their nickel plated strings in the medium-heavy gauge. I haven't used their stainless steel strings, which are only available in medium-light. I have used DR steels before (Hi-Beams) and really liked them. Stainless steel is supposed to be brighter than nickel, though I remember when I made the transition from stainless to nickel that it didn't really seem to be that big of a difference.
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Unread 11-17-2011, 06:23 PM   #3
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My guitars, I only use EB Super Slinkys.
My Alvarez A/E has Martin strings.
Lately, I change basses faster than I change strings. Each time I get a new one, I get rid of one so I only have two at a time. I have no idea what came on my current basses. A few months ago I bought a new LTD B206 and I have no idea what strings are on it. Then, I got a 2002 Peavey Fury V for $50 at GC because it didn't work. Swapped in a new battery and it works just fine but no idea what strings are on it. I may keep these two long enough to need a string change.
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I'm sure this has been discussed many times but don't see a recent thread. What strings do you use? What do you like about them? What strings do you not like?

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Mostly whatever shortscale ones I can find for the musicmaster. It breaks fullscale ones because of where the tuner hits the string if you try to sub in fullscale ones... For fullscale I prefer flatwound. Usually the cheapest I can find.
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Unread 11-19-2011, 12:19 PM   #5
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I just bought a 5 pack of Martin's for $20.00 at G.C. Now that is a bargain.
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I use either DR or SIT on all my basses. SIT power flats are a great flat wound string. DR's sound great no matter the type.
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Unread 11-20-2011, 11:55 PM   #7
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My bass is short scale--so I use whatever short scale strings I can find--long & medium scale E strings won't fit in the slot of the machine head and not double wrap up & down the post.

One store often had short scale strings, but they were bought out by a store that said they won't order short scale strings--so I guess I may be heading online next time I need new strings.

I normally end up with D'Addarios--I really liked the stainless steel ones.

But I've also used GHS Bass Boomers, and generic store brand ones.

But D'Addarios tend to be the ones I see the most---at least for short scale.
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My bass is short scale--so I use whatever short scale strings I can find--long & medium scale E strings won't fit in the slot of the machine head and not double wrap up & down the post.

One store often had short scale strings, but they were bought out by a store that said they won't order short scale strings--so I guess I may be heading online next time I need new strings.

I normally end up with D'Addarios--I really liked the stainless steel ones.

But I've also used GHS Bass Boomers, and generic store brand ones.

But D'Addarios tend to be the ones I see the most---at least for short scale.
Give the DR's a shot.

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Unread 11-26-2011, 09:29 AM   #9
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At present, I'm using Rotosounds on my VM Jazz, Ernie Ball's on my Precision and I have no idea what is on my Fender Jazz , I haven't got around to changing them yet.

I've got three new sets, 2 GHS Bass Boomers and a set of Rotosound just waiting for me to get around to changing them.

I always use 45-105's in whatever sets I buy.

Strings are a personal choice, whatever makes you happy is the best string out there.
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Lots of brands here too.

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Unread 11-26-2011, 05:32 PM   #11
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I'm using Ernie Ball Custom Gauge Roundwounds right now, their the only ones i've tried so far because i've only changed my bass strings once, but they feel 100 times better then what came on my bass. (:
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I use ghs boomers
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Unread 02-21-2012, 08:08 PM   #13
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D'Addario

I just got some new bright nickel wound d'addario s and they sound pretty good, I would reccomend those.
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I just got some new bright nickel wound d'addario s and they sound pretty good, I would reccomend those.
This is what I use. I love the sound they make when they're new.
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Since I have a short scale bass, whatever shortscale strings I can find, as long as they aren't coated or overpriced.
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