#1
I've been learning to play for about 7 months, now, and want to get new strings. I play mostly classic rock, so what strings should I get (med, light, xtra light) and how much should I pay for a set?

Thanks in advance.
#2
strings are pretty much ALL personal preference.. try some and see, however if your going into lots of down tunings (such as Eb, and Drop D) dont get light gauge
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#3
I personally prefer the light gauge DR High Beams. I get them for about $22 at this music store.


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#4
I would probably go for medium-light strings, which are .45 - .105. Those are the sweet spot, IMO. .50 - .105 ain't bad either but for a new bassist you'd probably want lighter strings. I think .40 - .100 are too light though.
#5
i use the heaviest i can find.

ernie ball all the way.
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Peavey TNT 135
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#6
I used to use GHS, but I switched to Ernie Ball due to availability of 5-string sets. The Ernie Balls last much longer, but I kinda liked the GHS tone more.

For classic rock, I would go with straight medium gauge (maybe medium heavy, depending on the tunings). Brand is entirely up to preference, so I would just pick a brand and try it.
#7
I personally think for Modern music, Stainless Steel strings are a must. Rotosound and D'Addario make the best Stainless Steel strings around.
#9
I just switched to Rotosound Jazz Bass .45-.105 and I'm never going back. Before them I used D'Addario Chromes, and before I sold my soul to flatwounds I used Ernie Ball Hybrids .45-.110 because I used to tune DADG a lot. When I FIRST started out on bass I only used GHS Boomers.
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#10
Rotosound 45-105 gauge are what I swear by.
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#11
I just got a set of Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinkys for the Ibanez. I would recommend them highly. Nice bright sound.