#1
What are the differences you've noticed in string brands? I just got new strings on my bass a few weeks ago, I decribed to the guy I wanted something with a warm, low, a fat tone to it and he gave me a pack of Ernie Ball regular's without much thought into it. I was thinking about trying out Elixir strings next time I buy a new set, specifically these: Five string

Are Elixir's very good? They're advertised as long-lasting. Most importantly, what are the sound differences you've noticed with strings?
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#2
I know Elixers are very long lasting.

I do know that roto swing 66 is really worth looking at.
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#3
DR low-riders are specifically supposed to give you a fat tone. I used to use them. I've switched to Rotos now. I just eq in the fatness I want. Rotos will be brighter. Very Very bright at first. play on them for a bit to get rid of the "edge". Then they sound wonderful.
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#4
The biggest differences are in tone and durability. I have been using the Elixirs on my Am Jazz for around 6 years. They are very nice for finger style playing, last a very long time, and have a reasonably bright tone. They tend to hold up well against abuse, oily grime, and temp changes. I consider them the best practice strings on the market.
#5
Elixers seem to be very love hate around here, best thing to do is just see if they are right for you.
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#6
Roto's for a 5-string on MusiciansFriend are pretty limited, one set that really caught my eye was ths friggin think set: http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rotosound-RS885LD-Trubass-Black-Nylon-Strings?sku=102879

65 - 75 - 100 - 115 - 135, HOLY CRAP those are thick. I'm assuming that most people when buying for a 5-string get these: http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rotosound-RS665LD-Roundwound-5String-Bass-Strings?sku=102877

I should re-state the focus of the thread though, which strings produce what kind of sound, that's the important factor I'm looking for. If one brand sucks tell me your reasoning, if one is awesome again I'd like your input as to why.
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Does anyone know how the Ernie Ball Power Slinky sound?


I have the regular slinky's on mine right now, sound about average but a bit brighter, dunno if that helps any.
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#11
Well I usally use regular slinky's, but last string change I opted for DR Extra Lifes and I pefer them now and they have the added bonus of being black beauties, but that is no reason to buy strings.
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#12
If you're looking for thick strings look at some heavy Stadium Elites if you can get them in from the UK
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#13
You can order 2 sets of Stadium Elites on line now for what you usually pay for 2 sets of Rotos.
#14
I've switched from a few kinds, and just put on Ernie Balls for the first time. I like them...sound warm with a thick tone, at least to me. I want to try the heavy gauge next, since I'm in a crue band and play in D-standard.
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#15
hi
if you want that real double bass sound then go for RotaSound Tru Bass 88.
best think did was to change to them on my fretless Harper 5 string bass.
black plastic coated strings, feel and sound great. 65 to 135 gauge.
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#16
I put DR's on about two weeks ago and I'm really liking them.
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#17
I've got some d'addario half rounds on my bass right now. previously have used Ernie Balls and D'addario XLs. I liked the XLs better than the EBs but the half rounds are amazing. They sound kinda like dead roundwounds, brighter and with more attack than flatwounds, but nothing like a steel roundwound. L quite like them for classic rock and reggae.
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Roto's for a 5-string on MusiciansFriend are pretty limited, one set that really caught my eye was ths friggin think set: http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rotosound-RS885LD-Trubass-Black-Nylon-Strings?sku=102879

65 - 75 - 100 - 115 - 135, HOLY CRAP those are thick. I'm assuming that most people when buying for a 5-string get these: http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rotosound-RS665LD-Roundwound-5String-Bass-Strings?sku=102877

I should re-state the focus of the thread though, which strings produce what kind of sound, that's the important factor I'm looking for. If one brand sucks tell me your reasoning, if one is awesome again I'd like your input as to why.

Well, those are nylon strings...


Anyway, I suggest RotoSound. Yeah, they're they only strings I've owned besides stock ones, but I absolutely love them. They brought my bass to life.
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#19
I'm not a fan of bright sound though, I like a low, "thump", warm sound, Roto's seem to be very bright from what people say.
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#20
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I'm not a fan of bright sound though, I like a low, "thump", warm sound, Roto's seem to be very bright from what people say.

Try some flatwound strings, they're pretty much pure thump and best of all, you'll barely ever have to replace them (although they do cost a bit more). Personally I love elites, so see if you can get a hold of a set of these:
http://www.basscentre.com/5-string-bass-sets/elites-flatwound-v.html
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