Re: Strings - Do brand names really matter?

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Posted by Pat Harrington on February 28, 2000 at 21:52:44:

In Reply to: Strings - Do brand names really matter? posted by Jared on January 11, 2000 at 16:52:00:

: I'm a beginning bass player, and I'm looking for new strings for my bass. The strings I have now are old and beat-up, so new ones are a must. I found a place online "" that sells bass strings in a 4 string set for $10 (US) w/ shipping included. Then I go and look in the local music store and see Fenders for $35 and up, and all sorts of other brands...nothing below $30. I don't know enough to know if there is a difference if any between the Fender nickel-wound and whatever other brand names nickel-wound and the webstrings nickel-wound. I guess my question is, are brand name strings really worth it? Should I shell out $35 or more as opposed to $10, just because of a brand name? Please give me your opinions, thank you.

: Jared

: PS - This isn't some lame advertisement, I swear, so don't yell at me or anything please

> Hi Jared...A good place to check for string bargains are on e-bay. Just

do a search under "Bass strings" There's usually several music stores

blowing out inventory..I NEVER pay more than $20 for strings of any kind, name

brand or otherwise. Check some of the mail order catalogues such as

Carvin..Their strings are made by GHS, and go for 10 bucks or so for a 4

string set..A lot of guitar companies' strings are actually GHS strings

or some other string company's product, relabelled..There are only a dozen

or so string manufacturers worldwide..I only use stainless roundwounds for

their brilliance and longevity, the D'addario Prism is the best in my opinion,

Good Luck,

Pat H

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