Posted by Brakisback on December 21, 2001 at 19:03:14:
In Reply to: strings survey posted by Al on December 14, 2001 at 12:29:01:
Well, I usually just buy the ones that are nearest to me in the store. Maybe not the most scientific way to choose strings, but it works ;)
When I DO choose, I tend to go for Rotosound SwingBass 45-105.
The reason is partly becous I like a bit thicker strings then the smaller ones on my fingers, and I think the sound is better. And secondly, why rotosound? Well, I can lift my bass with the E string if I want ;) They stay fresh longer then some other ones I've tried, and they sound good.
Some have answered they never change strings. Well, on one bass which I play quite often, I hadn't changed for 5 years (did boil though), and when I changed I must admit, there is a difference... Especially when doing slap bass. However, in my no so expert opinion, dirty and greasy strings can actually be something you WANT. They produce a very different sound with almost no high tones and alot of bottom. Probably becous the grease limit the motion of the string and therefor cut off the high end. Some people want their bass to sound crisp as cornflakes, and they'll probably hate old strings, but I think they can benefit some situations. So what I do is I keep my old strings, and never boil them. I just let grease build and dirt build up. Then, when I want to take off the high frequencies I just strap em' on and go for it. This probably sound crazy, but try it and compare an old greasy string with a really old and greased up string and you'll hear what I mean by all this crazybness ;)
: Hey bass folks. Common topic. But maybe hepful for everybody. What brands/models/gauges are your favourite when it's about STRINGS... And why. I've been quite happy with some GHS these last months, but I'm gonna try a Dean Markley Blue Steel set for tomorrow gig. Said to last longer...
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