#1
I play in two bands. One of them is an acoustic/grunge band, influenced by Pearl Jam, Audioslave, Stone Temple Pilots and The Pretty Reckless mainly, in this band I play with fingers most of the time.

The second one is a math rock/metal band influenced by Tool, A Perfect Circle, Foals, Soundgarden and Megadeth (I know, weird mix but trust me, it's got a little bit of every band mentioned), here I play pickstyle most of the time.

I love Justin Chancellor's tone, it's my favorite. It's f*cking insane. Also like the bass tones APC get. As for the acoustic/grunge band, Jeff Ament and Timmy C's tones are awesome.

I have a Peavey Zodiac DE Scorpio with Quarter Pound P/J pickups.

My question is, what kind of strings should I look for to get the tones I kinda want?

(If I have to pick just one it would be Justin's tone, but I'd prefer something that I can use with both bands.)
Current Gear:
Peavey Zodiac DE Scorpio (Bass)
Yamaha RBX-170 (Bass)
Boss ODB-3 (Overdrive Pedal)
Line 6 LowDown 150 (Amp)
#2
It's a matter of personal taste though nickle string will have a rounder tone while the stainless will have a piano like tone.
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#3
As I recall, Justin Chancellor uses Ernie Ball Power Slinky strings, and these are nickel plated. Sadly, Chancellor also uses a Wal bass and a boatload of uber-expensive gear, so his sound is not available on the cheap.
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#4
I've heard both Justin Chancellor and David Ellefson use nickel plated strings though they both have very bright tones that cut through the mix, I don't get it, why is that? Is there really a huge difference between stainless steel and nickel strings?
Current Gear:
Peavey Zodiac DE Scorpio (Bass)
Yamaha RBX-170 (Bass)
Boss ODB-3 (Overdrive Pedal)
Line 6 LowDown 150 (Amp)
#5
I know that David Ellefson picks near the bridge.
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#6
they boost the mids, how well you cut through the mix is all in the EQ, not the strings. Chancellor plays somewhere around 4-8-5. I don't know about Ellefson, I can't think of his songs in my head right now.

That said, I personally prefer the sound of steel, but nickel strings feel better on my hands
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#7
I'm currently using Rotosound Swing 66s and am not very pleased with the sound. It sounds dull and the strings are just 2 weeks old. I'm thinking of switching to nickel.
Current Gear:
Peavey Zodiac DE Scorpio (Bass)
Yamaha RBX-170 (Bass)
Boss ODB-3 (Overdrive Pedal)
Line 6 LowDown 150 (Amp)