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Posted by Mickster ( on October 29, 2002 at 16:16:48:

In Reply to: Advice on strings posted by Alvaro Martín Gómez on October 28, 2002 at 11:32:08:

: Hi everybody.

: I'm looking for a set of strings for my 5-string fretted bass. I've found that nickel strings lose their brightness quickly and the steels aren't good for the frets, so I think that nickel-plated steel strings are the best option. I'm using a set of La Bella Slappers right now and I think they're good, but I'd like to hear suggestions on better nickel-plated steels. Also got my first fretless bass (5-string also) but I can't find flatwounds where I live (Colombia), so I'm not playing it too much because I don't want my fingerboard damaged. I'm planning to buy a set of flatwounds through Internet (along with strings for my fretted bass), but I don't know anything about good flatwounds. Both basses are 34". Any input is highly appreciated.

: Thank you in advance.

Hey Alvaro, how's everything? I know what you mean about stainless steel strings being hard on the frets (and the fingers) but, try a set of Dean Markley Blue Steels. They are by far, the best strings I have ever tried and now they're all I use. They may be stainless steel, but, they don't feel like harsh like most stainless steel strings do. And the tone is so full and balanced!
To make them even more tempting, you can also get them nickle plated. I recently tried a set of these, and they feel even better than the regular Deans. The nickles sound a little bit darker, but, I like this sound. Here's their website:

As for flatwounds, the ones I use on my MIM fretless Jazz bass are Rotosound 77s. They have a nice smooth feel and are pretty bright for a flat string. I haven't tried the Thomastik strings yet, and while most people that use them say they are the best stings going, others say that they have VERY low tension, and this makes them kind of floppy to play. I still want to try them, but, for now, I like the Rotos.

I hope this helped.

Good luck,

P.S. One place to buy online is:

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