#1
I need some spare strings for my standard 4 string bass, but need an E anyway as it has just snapped! If you guys could recomend a type, model or manufactuer that would be really cool.

Thanks
#2
What style do you play, what other gear do you have, what kind of tone do you want?

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#4
Some good general strings are Ernie Balls, check out their range. D'darrios are extremely bright until they die, then they are extremely dull. I use Warwick blacks, which are nice and growly for a while, then mellow out a bit. It's mainly personal preference.

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#5
I play a lot of light rock, light pink floyd, beatles etc. I play quite often, and dont want strings that dont last very long, something thats durable.

Remember that I also need some spares, so they cant be too expensive.
#6
i got a set of rotosound swing 66's for £14 on amazon and quite frankly i love them. really bright to start with - almost harsh - but once they have settled down, i have not played any strings i prefer
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#8
I disagree with the Rotosound recommendation. I used to use them exclusively, but after switching to DR, I realized that while Rotosound sound good at first, they're dead within two weeks. DR last quite a long time.

Anyway, I'm using Dunlop Nickel Plated Steels right now, and they seem to be quite good.
#9
Elixers for me! Great tone and looong life.

Also, thats not normal for your E string to snap. Unless your were popping the shit out of it (and I mean in a way that was not musical at all, just yanking as hard as you can). Id get your bridge checked out to make sure it isnt cutting your strings.
#11
The string snapped as when I was tuning it. the strings were already really tight when the tuner said tighten it, so I did, and snap.
#12
I'm guessing you were an octave too high then
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#13
I like the Dunlop Stainless Steels because their long life and the punchy tone.
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#14
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I play a lot of light rock, light pink floyd, beatles etc. I play quite often, and dont want strings that dont last very long, something thats durable.

Remember that I also need some spares, so they cant be too expensive.


Roger Waters used Rotosound 77s (which are nice strings in general anyway). They're flatwounds, so they last a long time because they come basically dead (thats the point of them). I have no idea what Paul used.

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Some good general strings are Ernie Balls, check out their range. D'darrios are extremely bright until they die, then they are extremely dull. I use Warwick blacks, which are nice and growly for a while, then mellow out a bit. It's mainly personal preference.


D'adario's are ok, but die very quickly. I've never used Ernie Balls, but I've heard those don't last long either.
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#15
I have to say that Ernie Ball strings start REALLY bright, but if you like their mellow-ness after the brightness is gone, then go and grab a pair of them. I recommend the power slinkies or the regular slinkies because they are cheap and if you are into a mellow sound they stay that way forever.

Also, i understand that you probably don't have enough bank to go and buy bass string left and right, but to find a good pair of strings that YOU like, you are going to have to try them out.

Just because someone likes rotos, doesn't mean that you will like them. I not trying to diss anybodies opinion, but you just have to find what strings are right for you.
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#16
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The string snapped as when I was tuning it. the strings were already really tight when the tuner said tighten it, so I did, and snap.
I was actually just about go ask how it could happen; I'd like to see the condition of someone's bass who can snap the E just from playing.
#17
Quote by ogsi
I play a lot of light rock, light pink floyd, beatles etc. I play quite often, and dont want strings that dont last very long, something thats durable.

Remember that I also need some spares, so they cant be too expensive.


Paul Mcartney used Rotosound 88s with a viola bass (as dead as dead) and PF's bassist used a Rickenback (as bright as bright) so you'll want a good mid-ground. Rotosounds are nice and bright but wear down pretty quickly. Elixirs should be good for you I think.
#18
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I was actually just about go ask how it could happen; I'd like to see the condition of someone's bass who can snap the E just from playing.


My Kramer has broken E strings just from tuning. Twice. And its in great condition. I think problem is that the tuner for the E string is very close to the nut, so the E string itself (as in, the thick part) often wraps around the post.
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#19
Ernie Ball Super Slinky sound great and are relatively cheap. A while back I was buying packs of Hartke stainless steel strings for $10 a pack. they sounded fine for club dates, but I wouldn't record with them or anything
#20
DR Black beautys are nice but the black paint chips off them, thats why im using the DR High beams, DR's last forever and they are nice a bright yet clear and powerfull, its all a matter of personal preference i mean they are just strings it isnt gonna signifigantly change your tone or how you play, thats how i look at it.
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#21
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DR Black beautys are nice but the black paint chips off them, thats why im using the DR High beams, DR's last forever and they are nice a bright yet clear and powerfull, its all a matter of personal preference i mean they are just strings it isnt gonna signifigantly change your tone or how you play, thats how i look at it.


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#22
I go for DR Hibeams, tried sunbeams but the hibeams feel better. Feel > anything else, ymmv. Never tried rotosounds.
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#23
Agreed on the DR highbeams. I just picked up a pair and they added a new sound that my band was looking for. From what Ive heard and from the guy at guitar center, they last a really long time.
#24
^ although they will tell you anything to make a sale
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