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I have a heavily modified fender jazz with Bartolini pickups. I have been using Ernie Ball slinky bass strings for some zingy brightness but they've been gigged a bit too much and need replacing... Nothing wrong with the Ernie's  but fancying a change. I tried GHS Bass Boomers a while back and was not at all impressed. Neither do I think Fender or Rotos are up to the task. Any recommendations for a bright sounding string? I like a bit of grit in the sound but lots of brightness and zingyness would be a great compliment to my p bass which wears tapewounds. 

Thanking you

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I have some DRs on my Jazz (can’t remember which type though) which have stayed bright an awfully long time. Comparatively expensive but IMO worth it.

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+1 for DRs. I have Hi-Beams on all my jazz basses. Stay bright for ages.

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I really like D'Addarios. I currently use Dunlops (because I get them cheap) but I'd like to hear their Superbrights.

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another +1 for DR strings here, although I use Sunbeams and you won't probably like those (round core and nickel). The Hi-Beams are their zingy string - stainless steel so they stay bright for about 900 years.

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7 minutes ago, nash said:

I really like D'Addarios. I currently use Dunlops (because I get them cheap) but I'd like to hear their Superbrights.

I found the low tension of Superbrights too much to deal with. Shame, as they are relatively inexpensive and come in suitably heavy gauges to accommodate my excessive down-tuning.

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Just this weekend I put Warwick Red Label strings on my Sandberg, I think they sound great - really bright and defined.

Can't speak to the lifespan of them though as they've only been on 3 days but could be worth a go for less than a tenner 👍

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35 minutes ago, Johnny Wishbone said:

I found the low tension of Superbrights too much to deal with. Shame, as they are relatively inexpensive and come in suitably heavy gauges to accommodate my excessive down-tuning.

Have you tried a five?

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6 minutes ago, SpondonBassed said:

Have you tried a five?

Hate the string spacing, and small hands restrict me to a 4. I do use a BEAD-tuned 4 (actually it’s Bb/Eb/Ab/C#) when required but most of our material is in drop C# or drop C.

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16 minutes ago, Johnny Wishbone said:

Hate the string spacing, and small hands restrict me to a 4. I do use a BEAD-tuned 4 (actually it’s Bb/Eb/Ab/C#) when required but most of our material is in drop C# or drop C.

Fair enough.

I suppose a detuner modification introduces its own issues too.  I did a bit of drop tuning but it's a drag.  I am never going to be able to detune and retune on the fly like some of the true exhibitionist players.

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Love these threads.

Recommend me a string!

Every string under sun is suggested.

I’ll just use Rotos.

 

I have pretty much tried every round, flat and pressure wound string out there... yet my advice is constantly ignored!

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30 minutes ago, The59Sound said:

I have pretty much tried every round, flat and pressure wound string out there... yet my advice is constantly ignored!

Aw.  Are you sure it isn't a case of you being quietly appreciated?

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1 hour ago, The59Sound said:

Love these threads.

Recommend me a string!

Every string under sun is suggested.

I’ll just use Rotos.

 

I have pretty much tried every round, flat and pressure wound string out there... yet my advice is constantly ignored!

And what is your advice?

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Brightness and zingyness? I'd second the ProSteels...

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8 minutes ago, The59Sound said:

DR Hi Beams...

Thanks. I am listening to all this. DR's and D'addarios keep coming up, so far they're the ones I'll explore.

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If price is an issue while you're trying strings out, you'll find the D'Addarios £10-15 cheaper than the DRs...

 

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Another strike for DR from me, though I use Nickel Lo-Riders now I was a big user of Fat Beams a few years ago. Last an age too!

Only downside I’ve found is that DRs are generally more pricey !

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1 hour ago, Muzz said:

If price is an issue while you're trying strings out, you'll find the D'Addarios £10-15 cheaper than the DRs...

 

Unless you buy them from an eBay seller, imported from the US. I pay £21/22 per set all in normally. 

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2 hours ago, The59Sound said:

No, just users who don't have a scoobie. 

Okay

 

9 hours ago, uk_lefty said:

Neither do I think Fender or Rotos are up to the task.

The OP isn't disagreeing with you...

 

3 hours ago, The59Sound said:

Love these threads.

Recommend me a string!

Every string under sun is suggested.

I’ll just use Rotos.

 

I have pretty much tried every round, flat and pressure wound string out there... yet my advice is constantly ignored!

I am not sure who has provoked the comment.  I can't see a single recommendation for Rotosound strings in this topic so far.

Just to justify your comment though, I have a set of Rotosound 88s on my fretless and they have made me enjoy playing the confounded thing for the first time in its entire life!  The issue I've now got with Rotosound is that they're forcing me to improve my intonation, despite my fat lazy fingers.

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