Posted by Bob Gollihur on January 05, 2000 at 17:42:40:
In Reply to: STRINGS posted by Skitso on January 04, 2000 at 00:02:18:
: I know this may sound like a dumb question to those who know a lot about acoustic
: bass strings, but please bear with me. What's the big difference between electric
: and acoustic strings? Why can't I use the ones for my electric on my acoustic?
You can, but it may not give you the sound you want.
Before I had a fretless five string ABG built for me, I had an Applause fretless ABG, which was pretty nice for the bucks. I experimented with a bunch of different ABG and electric strings.
I thought Gibsons ABG strings were awful, Martin was merely OK, and D'Addario's ABG strings were the best of that type of string-- phosphor bronze wound. IMHO, these are really just fat guitar strings, inspired by the acoustic guitar phosphor bronze string success.
For the heck of it, with the same spirit you exhibit, I put a set of D'Addario Chromes on it, the regular flatwound electric bass string. Acoustically, it sounded great, but plugged in, it sounded too much like a regular electric bass- like-- what's the point??
The Number One ABG string IMHO are the new Thomastik ABG strings-- they were developed with Rick Turner for his electric/acoustic Renaissance bass. They are wound with a fine phosphor bronze wrap around a nylon core. They are very soft tension, and very warm sounding. I've said it before-- the difference between the other phosphor bronze and these is that your axe sounds like a bass GUITAR or a BASS guitar-- much more bass warmth and acoustic sound in the equation.
A long answer for a short question, but I hope it helps you in your quest. But it all depends on the sound you're seeking.
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