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Re: gut strings for ampeg baby bass

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Posted by Jiffy on October 12, 2001 at 13:56:19:

In Reply to: gut strings for ampeg baby bass posted by dimitris on September 05, 2001 at 10:16:45:

: I have an Ampeg Baby bass (model '68) and i use Tomastick solo tuning strigs but i want to try gut strings.Does anyone know any manufacturers of gut set for the Ampeg baby bass?

I play a great '68 Ampeg BB as well, and have used a gut G and D (Pirastro Chordas: very expensive!) as well as a G Kaplan Golden Spiral.

I use these guts as well for my upright from time to time, mainly during special recording sessions, but not as much live. I tend to think gut works best with acoustic bass anyway.

Since the BB scale is 41. 5", you'll have to cut them back a bit more before stringing. Do this carefully. You can do some damage to the string heads if you're not careful, as gut can crack. Musical results are not bad: the characteristic dark, earthy gut tone come through, but gut's utility really depends on the style you want to play on your BB: for Latin bass, you may find intonation problems are magnified with guts, least of all, because they are inherently less stable and tend to de-tune easily. For the required punch, I prefer steel overall (Thomastik Spiros and D'Addario Helicore Hybrids work very well) for my BB but give it a try!

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