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On 06/11/2020 at 18:43, foxyFuze said:

I've put a set on my P bass and they've bedded in pretty quickly. They feel fine, sound bright without being too 'metallic'; if they last as long as is purported, I reckon they would be a decent lower-cost alternative to Elixirs.

How is the tension on them and did they affect the neck in any way with truss adjustment ?

Dave

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41 minutes ago, dmccombe7 said:

How is the tension on them and did they affect the neck in any way with truss adjustment ?

Dave

No tweaking required from the previous string set - I've had two different brands on before these and the tension seems comparable to both. Not exactly scientific but I don't think you'll need any adjustments.

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16 minutes ago, foxyFuze said:

No tweaking required from the previous string set - I've had two different brands on before these and the tension seems comparable to both. Not exactly scientific but I don't think you'll need any adjustments.

Cheers always good to know

Dave

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Hi folks!

Further to a number of questions we've had regarding comparisons of tension, feel and durability, Markbass have now updated their website with considerably more information in answer to this.

Check out the details in a selection from one of the series you are interested in and hopefully this will be useful!  For example the Balanced strings:

http://www.markbass.it/product-detail/mb4bans40100ls/

there you will see charts comparing them to all the other strings.  Hope thats helpful!

 

 

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I've just looked at that, and I can't tell what 'Softness' means - is it that the Ultimate is highest tension and the Vintage is the lowest?

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15 hours ago, Muzz said:

I've just looked at that, and I can't tell what 'Softness' means - is it that the Ultimate is highest tension and the Vintage is the lowest?

I've used and recorded with all types, with the exception of the Balanced strings...  They are referring to the feel of the strings.  Although they use exactly the same type of wire, the Ultimates and Advanced are wound differently and that gives them a softer and more bendy feel under the fingers compared to the Energy/Groove, which are great strings but more like yer average steels and nickels.  Sorry, thats not very scientific, but I'm not sure I can explain any better!

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22 minutes ago, MoJoKe said:

I've used and recorded with all types, with the exception of the Balanced strings...  They are referring to the feel of the strings.  Although they use exactly the same type of wire, the Ultimates and Advanced are wound differently and that gives them a softer and more bendy feel under the fingers compared to the Energy/Groove, which are great strings but more like yer average steels and nickels.  Sorry, thats not very scientific, but I'm not sure I can explain any better!

You’d think the flats would be softest though, with them being flat and all. 

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On 24/11/2020 at 13:20, OliverBlackman said:

You’d think the flats would be softest though, with them being flat and all. 

Yeah!  That one is a bit odd, because I think the flats actually feel very soft to the touch, but maybe it means they are just not as bendy!

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Posted (edited)

Finally got round to taking my Elixirs off and putting my Markbass LongEvo set on. It’s worth remembering when I’m comparing them that the Elixirs were 4 months old and, while not dead by any means, definitely not new.

The LongEvos seem a tiny bit more grabby in feel than the Elixirs, which is to be expected from new strings. Other than that the feel is quite similar. I like a high tension string and these don’t disappoint.

Output level pretty much the same, possibly a tad higher with the LongEvos.

The biggest difference is in the tone, where the LongEvos seem to have more presence in the low end. The full spectrum is there, they just seem a bit more authoritative in the low frequencies. Not quite what I was expecting vs old strings, but I like it. They don’t seem boomy or flabby, just a tight, full low end. If this is the tone I can expect to hang around for the next few months I think I’m onto a winner.

B string sounds good and works well with the other strings (i.e. tone wise it’s pretty close to E and A strings)

Not enough of a difference to write off Elixirs forever, and future decisions may come down to price as much as anything, but right now I’m leaning towards the LongEvos.

 

EDIT: Actually take all the above with a giant pinch of salt. Turns out my main cable has been dying a slow death unbeknownst to me. It was killing all the top end. Classic example of ‘boiling frog’ - it was so gradual I just didn’t notice.

I thought all my work on technique was really paying off with a drastic reduction in finger noise. New cable and BOSH there’s that finger noise again!

Turns out I don’t know what anything sounds like anymore so don’t look to me for advice in this instance. I’m off to retrain my ears. Bugger.

Edited by DylanB
Because I’m a moron
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