Posted by Joe Kyle on June 20, 2001 at 05:40:52:
In Reply to: pl. recommend plain gut string for jazz posted by Kim on June 20, 2001 at 03:29:45:
I'm quite partial to the Golden Spiral strings, although they're not truly plain gut. They've got a nylon winding on top of the gut. Only available in D & G so you'll need something else for E & A, obviously. They don't "splinter" like plain guts strings do. I've used these strings on 4 or 5 basses and I've always been happy with the sound, whether I'm slapping wildly in a rockabilly combo or playing uptempo pizzicato in a jazz band. They sound OK in arco mode as well, a bit nasal compared to some metal strings made for bowing but very playable nonetheless.
The Golden Spirals record quite nicely. I've worked on a dozen or so CD projects in the past year and I've been really knocked out by the recorded tone of my plywood basses with these strings.
You'll still need to address the issue of the E & A strings. I'm currently using a D'Addario Helicore Pizz E(all metal) and a Pirastro Oliv A(metal on gut) on my Kay. My German bass wears Golden Spirals and Velvet E & A. I've yet to find a gut E which sounded good.
I get my strings from Weinkrantz Musical Supply in San Francisco. 415-399-1201.
Feel free to contact me with any other questions you might have. I could send you a tape with samples of the recorded tone of these strings.
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