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    What are you favorite bass guitar strings?

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    DR High Beams for me. Feel great, last a long time and have that growl im looking for
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    Currently Hartke SX stainless steel strings, .040 - .120. Otherwise D'Addario Flex Steel. The Hartke strings are made by D'Addario.


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    GHS Bass Boomers Roundwounds - 45-105
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    I go a long time between replacing strings--I usually get Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 strings, although I just put on a set of Dean Markley Blue Steel Electric Bass Strings, 45-105, (medium light) that I've had sitting around in a box. Liking them so far!

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    I recently put D'Addario stainless lights on my 5, quite a different tone!

    Overall I'm used to Bass Boomers as well.
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    I'm leaning towards D'Addario Stainless.

    Haven't tried but am intrigued by Dean Markley Blue Steels because of the great results on an acoustic...but I've only used them on acoustics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by some_dude View Post
    GHS Bass Boomers Roundwounds - 45-105
    I prefer RW and like GHS Bass Boomers and use them on 6 of my basses, but I prefer the heaviest: 050-070-095-115

    I have FW on my Gibson and my Mustang for those I prefer RotoSound Tru Bass (black tape nylon): 065-077-090-115
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    All bass strings except for ultralight supercheapies can last next-to-forever

    Just take em off and give them a nice solvent rinse to degunk every once in a while.... WD40 > kerosene > 90% ipa works wonders (toss em in a container, pour each step in, stir em around, then dump out and repeat with next solvent)

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    i only have a short scale with flats these days but i always loved the dr fat beams

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    DR Extra Life 45-105 except the Squier Bronco has a set of La Bella Deep Talkin' Bass stainless flats 45-105.

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    Roto monel flats

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    Dunlop 45-105 super bright stainless steels. I give me a good metal sound when I need it, and then I can roll back the tone and play straight up Motown.
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    I like dunlops ok, but I'm back to EB. The feel is the best part, not to mention they are a stones-throw away for more if I need them.

    Now, what I used to like but got tired of mail-ordering were the "Fodera" strings. Nice gauge, good quality and a little slinkier than the average fair. I really want to try a few La Bella sets but hate ordering bass strings online.

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    DR Hi Beams on my Warwick, Thunderbird and Jazz and DR Flats on my Precision and Violin Basses. I did like the Dr Nickels for easy playability. Haven't tried the Fatbeams or Sunbeams. Did not like any of the Rotosounds.

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    Do bass strings ever need to be changed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesStrat View Post
    Do bass strings ever need to be changed?
    Those black Nylon wrapped strings don't seem to ever need to be changed...at least that's how a bass player I know feels about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesStrat View Post
    Do bass strings ever need to be changed?
    If you're like me and actually break one, yes. Ben Shepard from Soundgarden never changes unless he breaks one. His tech even saved the old strings from before he switched to the Badass bridges.

    Flea changes strings every day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesStrat View Post
    Do bass strings ever need to be changed?
    Depends on the string type and the tone you are after. On my basses with flats, I don't change those unless they break.

    On my basses with round wounds I change my strings when they start to lose their brilliance and especially if the thicker strings are getting thuddy sounding. I like them to sound bright. I usually change them every 2 or 3 months for D'Addario strings. They last a long time.


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    I don't like that worn-in thing myself, and they are too expensive to change out regularly. Boiling is more trouble than it's worth.

    The problem with older strings is that they develop grooves. I'll take a set off and there will be indents where I play the most. That isn't a good thing imho.

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