#1
I need bass strings that sound like new for a long time. I have some string cleaner but can anyone recommend a brand of strings that have a long-lasting bright sound. I've heard good things about Rotosound but I've never tried them so I could use someone's opinion.
#2
Ive never used them, but Elixer is putting out Bass strings now...expensive, but, I would bet they last a DAMN long time...
#3
i only use ernie ball strings, im not sure how long they last but mine are about 3 months old right now and they still sound good
#4
I would say Elixers would be good for this kinda thing. Even tho they are expensive, they sound new for a long time. Like 2, maybe 3x longer than normal strings.
#5
use elixers, they are expensive but they last a very long time, the only reason i ever replaced mine was because i broke a string on my first set of them. my friend bought an ibanez about a year and a half ago and he is stll using the same set of elixers.
#6
Quote by pwrmax
I've heard good things about Rotosound but I've never tried them


Roto's are really quite good, especially for the price. I kept mine in for quite a while without them getting too dull.
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#9
Yes i would say rotosound too.

Currently im using dadario but will go back to Roto next change
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#10
Rotos? Really? They always seem to die pretty quickly!
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#11
I've always had Rotosounds die so fast they came out of the pack crap.

Optima's last a bloody long time, according to members of the forum.
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#12
Elixers are definately the ones you want for this.


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#13
I found elixers do last a long time, but i'm not a huge fan of their tone. A set of elixers lasted me 6 months before dying, but the stuff on them is weird and sort've flakes off towards the end of their lifespan.

Nickel roto's last me around three months a time, i've just put some steels on my six and their holding up nicely so far.
The EB strings i used barely lasted a month, awful.
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#14
Quote by Welsh Guitar
Rotos? Really? They always seem to die pretty quickly!


Are you confusing mellowing with dying? It's true; rotos only keep their really overt brightness for a couple of weeks, which I think is the best of their lifespan, but then they settle into a nice low midsy growl that I love as well.
#15
Fender stockers tend to last a pretty long while...the original ones from my four-year-old bass are currently in use by an Ibanez and still sound fairly new.
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#16
Quote by Mutant Corn
Fender stockers tend to last a pretty long while...the original ones from my four-year-old bass are currently in use by an Ibanez and still sound fairly new.


lol que?

I was under the impression that Fender strings are dead by *hyperbole*.

EDIT: Thought of a nice simile.

I was under the impression that Fender strings die as fast as babies born in Sudan.

Too mean?
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#17
Not quite. In my experience they just take a long time to lose the initial brightness, but then they kind of level out and have a nice mellow sound.
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#18
Quote by jazz_rock_feel
Are you confusing mellowing with dying? It's true; rotos only keep their really overt brightness for a couple of weeks, which I think is the best of their lifespan, but then they settle into a nice low midsy growl that I love as well.

Yeah, I guess I am. I just assumed that the TS was looking for strings that keep that initial brightness for longer than something like Rotosounds, which lose theirs pretty quickly compared to, lets say Elixirs. Although Rotosounds are actually much brighter to begin with!
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#19
No string has that initial brightness for all that long. Maybe Elixirs do, but they also have that nanoweb **** on them that turns tonnes of people off.

Regarding Fender strings, that's gotta be a lie. I had Fenders on my bass that died in virtually a week. Never mind the fact they sounded and felt terrible.
#20
All strings change tone over the first month of use. It's just a case of finding a string you like the sound of after that initial period.
#21
Quote by IndianRockStar
Rotosound all the way man.

You will now witness may people on this forum telling you the same.


yes indeed

i tried them out from reading posts on here and now im convinced

they really great
#22
my current Rotosound SS's are approaching 2 months since installation, and i'm still very pleased with their tone. they see probably 6 to 10 hours a week of use.
Rotosound is my sound.
#23
Quote by jazz_rock_feel
Are you confusing mellowing with dying? It's true; rotos only keep their really overt brightness for a couple of weeks, which I think is the best of their lifespan, but then they settle into a nice low midsy growl that I love as well.

That's exactly how I would describe rotos, the ones on my jazz were really bright for about a week or two, but now they've got this nice, full sound: not too bright, not too dull. If anyone's looking for a bright set of strings, though, I'd recommend checking out warwick's strings. The stainless steel set on my Schecter have been on it for about two months, and they still sound freakishly new.
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#24
Quote by 83lespaulstudio
my current Rotosound SS's are approaching 2 months since installation, and i'm still very pleased with their tone. they see probably 6 to 10 hours a week of use.
Rotosound is my sound.


Hate to break it to you, but rotosounds is probably the sound of half the board here and I'm willing to bet a good chunk of bass players world wide.