Posted by Robbie on January 21, 2000 at 00:02:12:
In Reply to: Strings - Do brand names really matter? posted by Jared on January 11, 2000 at 16:52:00:
Strings are perhaps the most important component of the bass. They are what make the sound and thus, should be of the highest quality. You probably can find strings for cheaper than $20 but do you really have any reason to believe that such strings will be the best quality? Since each package of strings is different--and for that matter, each string in a set--the only reasonable criteria you have to go on is the reputation of the company who makes them. That's not to say that you can't get good strings for cheaper, or that $40 dollar strings are ALWAYS good. But, as I said, before, you have limited ways of predicting which strings will be good. As a seasoned bassist, I can recommend some brands which you may or may not be able to find in the price range you indicate, but you must keep in mind what I said before. You can get a good sound from pickups which aren't the most expensive, or a less expensive instrument maker, but inferior strings will not only destroy your sound, but they can cause problems in the learning of your technique as well.
The buzzing you were talking about could just as easily come from a poor quality string which isn't wrapped tightly enough as setup problems or other factors.
You must also consider that a good quality string will last longer than a lower quality one--so that if you buy a $20 set and have to replace it in a month...you wouldn't be spending any more than a $40 set that you won't have to change for maybe 3 or 4 months (assuming you care for them adequately.)
Basically, there are other places you can skimp on spending when it comes to your bass, but you should only accept the highest quality in strings.
Some "name brands" which are reputed as being of the highest quality are:
and (my personal favorite) DR
DR strings are my favorite because they not only last longer in terms of their quality, but they remain bright far longer than any other string I've used.
Anyway, whatever you decide, keep these suggestions in mind.
I hope I've helped.
P.S.--this, also, is not an advertisement for any particular brand
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