#1
So, I'm a huge fan of how ernie ball regular slinky strings sound... for the first week. Can you guys recommend me any bass strings that sound bright and twangy (or however you want to describe them) just like ernie ball strings, except they last longer? I hate how they go dead so fast.

Thanks!
#2
Circle K/Kalium Strings are my go to, they last forever and are available in tons of gauges.
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#3
I have never liked the Ernie Ball sound, but really, if you're looking for brightness, go for something steel (not nickel wound) - like Rotosound Swing 66's.

I've been thinking of swapping mine out for a set of D'Addario Pro Steels, as they sound great on Youtube demos, but I'm a bit unsure on the price.
#4
If you like the sound of the EBs new, I would recommend Roto 66s. They cost more but they last much longer. If you are living in the UK, I'd recommend Stadium Elites. You can order them to be shipped to the States as well, but it can take a few weeks.
#5
The strings I use are D'addario Prosteels. They give a brighter tone and (in my opinion) a bit more output than nickel strings. They are a bit expensive, but I prefer them over nickel.
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#6
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If you like the sound of the EBs new, I would recommend Roto 66s. They cost more but they last much longer. If you are living in the UK, I'd recommend Stadium Elites. You can order them to be shipped to the States as well, but it can take a few weeks.


If you're living in the UK anyway, Rotosound are a great option because they're pretty cheap over here. Just don't buy the Swing branded ones (with the silk-coated ends) - you can get the same strings cheaper without the silk and it doesn't really affect anything.
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#8
I thought I read the sticky and it said that rotos were super-bright?

I went with d'addario since amazon had a deal on them.

they sound pretty good. from within the packet.
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#9
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Ernie Ball strings are hella crap. If you want a long lasting sound then consider investing in some high quality coated strings like DR Dragonskins.


Just don't get DR Neons or coloured strings like the Black Beauties. If you play with a pick, they look/sound like shit in no time.
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#10
I've never had enrie ball strings on but the brightest I've found so far are warwick red label. Brighter than the fender and d'addario 40-100 steel roundwounds I've tried, however they are incredibly lacking in the harmonics department. I was surprised how much of a difference that made. If they didn't have that problem, they would be perfect for me.
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thank you for averse. MICHAEL DOSS ,My favor is six bass string D'addario's
#13
All strings sound a bit bright and twangy when they are new. Yes, there are some differences but pretty much all brand new roundwounds will sound like brand new roundwounds. I think you just have to try a bunch of strings and that way you'll find the ones that you prefer.
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#14
I tried out this set of round wound slap bass strings by Dunlop and I think they had that twangy, bright sound you're after. They lasted quite a while and were quite cheap too!
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#16
It might be due to aggressive playing or pickstyle but Elixirs have a horrible tendency to start flaking which looks and feels rather nasty. The best coated strings, or so I've heard, are DR Dragonskins; I'll be trying them out next time it comes to restringing because I liked their other coated strings.

Best way to get long lasting strings is to learn to love flatwounds.
#17
Quote by Spaz91
It might be due to aggressive playing or pickstyle but Elixirs have a horrible tendency to start flaking which looks and feels rather nasty. The best coated strings, or so I've heard, are DR Dragonskins; I'll be trying them out next time it comes to restringing because I liked their other coated strings.

Best way to get long lasting strings is to learn to love flatwounds.


Dont really like the tone of flatwounds....I like the metally Geddy Lee/Billy Gould esque sound.
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#18
Nakedstrings.com

Seriously, you can get the same gauges as the strings you like and get 3 pairs for the same cost as one in most stores.

They last a good amount of time too.
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