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Posted by Mickster ( on June 14, 2002 at 17:57:35:

In Reply to: Picking Strings-Help.. posted by James on June 13, 2002 at 19:32:48:

: Hello. Ive been playing the bass for about a year now. It's a lot of fun. I've got a Fender P-bass and am looking to see from you guys what changing my strings would do. Does it improve the sound? My strings are kind of hard, and I have to push really hard on the E string sometimes so it doesnt vibrate. I read somewhere in an ad for strings that you shouldnt have to break your fingers by pushing so hard, so I thought you guys with more experience could help. Alright..later.

Changing your stings is probably the most inexpensive ways to get a better/different sound out of any bass. What kind of strings do you have on there now, flatwound or roundwound? Two brands that I like a lot are: D'Addario and Dean Markley.
For D'Addario, try their slowounds - nice mid range and very balanced string to string. For Dean Markley, try the Blue Steeles - similar to the slowounds, but smoother. Rob is right about getting your bass set up; it will seem like a different, better instrument. If you want to check out stings, go to: If you have any other questions (there are hundreds of different sets there) just ask a question. I won't be back till Monday, but, someone else can probably give you an answer.

Good luck,

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