#1
Alright, so a friend of mine and I are looking to start a metal band of our own, and I was just wondering, what brand of bass strings deliver a good deep, metallic kind of sound? I'm currently using Rotosound strings and want to know if theres anything better I should be using.
#3
Rotosounds are very good strings you should try a set of Dean Markley Blue Steel strings. I just got a set myself and they sound great for metal
#4
I'd stick with Rotosounds.

However, GM Jack recommends some sort of Warwick strings- dunno what type. Supposedly they sound like Rotos, but last longer. *Shrugs*
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I'd stick with Rotosounds.

However, GM Jack recommends some sort of Warwick strings- dunno what type. Supposedly they sound like Rotos, but last longer. *Shrugs*

Warwick Black Label strings are very good, I highly recommend them along with GM Jack.
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#8
Rotosound Steve Harris flatwounds. I don't have them myself, but the bass at school does and it's really mean.
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Warwick Black Label strings are very good, I highly recommend them along with GM Jack.


Sorry, I recommend the EMP, which are their coated steels.

Honestly, you will need a very sensitive touch to even notice the coating. It still grinds your fingers up like rotos.

They aren't quite as bright as rotos, but they retain it for longer, so I would recommend that you at least try a set out, as you will get your money's worth of life in them if you orefer them or not.
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#11
anything rotosound rocks! i have them myself, but some really great bassist out there have them. naming paul meccartney (not really metal, but hey, it's paul mccartney!) and even cradle of filth's Dave Pybus uses them. I'd reccomend!
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Also to point out, Steve Harris uses Rotosound flats, but his tone comes from his clack. I will also tell you to get Rotos. They rock (and every other genre out there).



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I've just put some rotosound flat wounds on my bass+I'm quite impressed. DR's are nice too
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Their wound differently to normal strings. The big visual difference is that thair a lot smoother, the wound bits are thicker and the gaps are less noticeable if you slide your finger up the string... That's a bit of a crap description actually, I'm sure somebody will give a better one at some point
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Yep, their not as twangy/bright as round wound strings
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#22
Yep, I bought a set the other day, their a bit pricey, but then again I think most flats are... In fact most strings are in the music shops near me
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#23
It is very rare to hear something other than roundwounds in metal, as the brightness of rounds helpsthe bass cut through. Steve Harris is one of very examples of people using something else. He only pulls it off because of his aggressive clanky technique producing plenty of treble anyway.
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anything rotosound rocks! i have them myself, but some really great bassist out there have them. naming paul meccartney (not really metal, but hey, it's paul mccartney!) and even cradle of filth's Dave Pybus uses them. I'd reccomend!

I agree with you on many things, but I highly doubt many full on metal fans will care too much for McCartney's tone. I know I don't , and I'm not even a full on metal fan. however, they are nice strings, and may be the reason I am not completely disgusted by his tone. it is too... 60's.

also, punk isn't dead, but it should be. JK!

roto does make flats, which I have never played on, but expect them to hold up to rotos usual high standards.
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