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Posted by Joe Kyle on July 22, 2001 at 21:37:43:

In Reply to: Buying G&D gut strings?... posted by Adrian on July 21, 2001 at 23:30:22:

: Hello, I am interested in putting gut strings in place of my metal D & G strings. I have played Pirastro Olive before. Has anyone tried out the D'Addario Golden spiral tynex wound strings. Thanks.

: P.S. Do you think that the sound of the gut string will mellow out the highs in my Wilson pickup?

I'm a dedicated user of Golden Spirals. I've got them on 3 basses: 1930's Kay, '50's German plywood, and a new Eminence EUB. I've used La Bellas and Pirastro Eudoxa and Oliv but I prefer the tone and feel of the Golden Spirals. The tynex winding eliminates the need for the usual extra care you must take with plain gut. You can choose between heavy or medium tension; I use the heavies.
I play a lot of slap bass as well as pizz and arco. I love the tone for slapping and pizz, the arco tone can be nasal (think of Paul Chambers) but workable if you've got good technique.
They also record quite well. I've used them recently on rockabilly, Gypsy swing, jazz/funk and jingle sessions. BIG tone. Even response. Easy to achieve good sound for studio or live recordings.
I did one gig with a borrowed Wilson on the Kay, the sound was good but since I'd never heard the Wilson with metal strings, I can't really make an honest comparison.
Email me with more specific questions, if you like.

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