#1
if i'm looking for a punk/ska sound, what kind of strings should i use? i tried some ernie ball regular slinkys for about a week and didnt like them. what kind of strings would you recommend for the sound im looking for?
#3
Quote by eaton1012
play with your amp eq.
That and try some Rotosound Swing66 strings. They're stainless steel and roundwound, so they'll give you the "up-front-and-in-your-face" sound that punk/ska requires.
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#4
I second Rotosound swings. As well as increasing the mids slightly on your amp to get a little more growly walking sound.
#5
daddario
their tone is awesome for punk and ska, but the bright doest last more than 2 months(but somehow my last set is 5 months old and its very bright)
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#6
I'll put in my plug for Warwick EMP strings. They start off with a little less brightness than rotosounds, but they retain it for so much longer, and rotosounds keep for a long time.
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#7
rotos. unless you mean super old ska, then get flats.
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#8
I like the sound of rotos, but (and it does seem to be only me who has experienced this) out of the last 5 sets I bought, 2 were defective - completely dead out of the box! they were the lighter gauges though, I don't know if that had anything to do with it.

anywho - my first thought was slinkies, but you've already ruled them out. Someone else suggest d'addario - I'd run with that. try the prosteels
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#9
For a very bright punchy sound get stainless steel strings. If you want slow reggae-ish ska, get flatwound strings.
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#10
steel strings could be too bright in some cases even for newer ska(reel big fish) so i'll just use nickel to be safe
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#11
It kinda depends on what ska tone your looking for.
Roto's are great for modern ska.
But for second wave ska, they are a bit too brigth.
And for first wave ska thay are way too bright.

For punk they're great, though.
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#12
A lot of punk guys use Dean Markley Blue Steels...........
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#13
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For a very bright punchy sound get stainless steel strings. If you want slow reggae-ish ska, get flatwound strings.

or you could just use dead strings, saves you the money to buy a new set.