Re: Acoustic fretless bass guitar strings

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Posted by Bob Gollihur on November 10, 2000 at 14:01:49:

In Reply to: Acoustic fretless bass guitar strings posted by wildman on November 10, 2000 at 13:50:06:

: I just bought a nice acoustic fretless bass giutar. It has round wound strings on it that have really bright sound. What are the best strings to use on this instrament. I don't really like the brightness of the strings that I have on it now. I do prefer a warm or dark sound.
: thanks for any help on this matter.

I'm with you-- the typical phosphor bronze strings make is sound like a Bass GUITAR-- not a BASS guitar, if I can make that distinction.

I am very fond of the acoustic bass strings that Thomastik is making. They were developed in conjunction with Rick Turner for his Renaissance bass, and I sure am glad he brought this innovative construction to us. They are nylon core, and wound with a finer grade of phosphor bronze. As a result, they bring the BASS back into the picture and the fingerboard interaction on a fretless is just wonderful. I had my first set on a short scale fretless Ovation style acoustic bass guitar, and now have a set on a custom Hoyt 5 string fretless ABG -- they are very sweet and musical, not clangy and harsh. The acoustic volume is obviously a bit lower than the aggressive, usually very taut ABG strings, but they sound wonderful both acoustically and through the saddle pickup.

They are much lighter gauge than usual strings and therefore not very taut- you will likely need to do a truss rod adjustment, but I'll bet you'll never go back to "normal" strings after an encounter with these. They "roll" under your fingers, which some folks don't like, but I don't see it as a problem. If you can find a Turner Renaissance in stock somewhere, you can audition them yourself-- they are obviously more expensive than other ABG strings, but worth every dime.

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