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Ground Wound Bass Strings

Shawn Shehane

Bass Open Forum · 8/17/2007 11:35 AM
Can anyone give me some advice on a good maker of ground would bass strings. Also any pros or cons between them and round wounds. I have used round wound strings from the first day I picked up the bass. I like the feel of flat wounds but they always sound a little muddy to me. So I am going to try something in between but don't know of a good maker. Any info anyone could give would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Ground Wound Bass Strings

8/17/2007 12:04 PM

Larry Garlick (3258) wrote:

DeAddario makes half rounds. I don't know if they are ground but I think the outcome is the same. Round wound tone with flat wound feel.



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8/18/2007 11:33 AM

Dave Root (1875) wrote:

These are fantastic strings. I use them on my six string and I could not be happier, except maybe if they had only cost me a ten spot rather then the 40 bucks. Very bright and holding up well with about three months use at 2 hours per day average.
DRoot

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8/17/2007 4:15 PM

John Crosley (7204) wrote:

D'Addario Half Rounds! They are the originators of the half round/ground wound string. They aren't as bright as rounds, but they still ring and sustain. Certainly not a dead or muddy sound.

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8/17/2007 4:28 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

D'Addario Halfies aren't bad, but they go dead quick. I have them on my Allen Woody Bass and I just ordered XL 160-S Nickel rounds. I want to see if they will be a bit brighter and warmer.
The halfs on the E string don't sound that hot.
I'd rather have the Chromes on the bass.
I like the nickel rounds so I'll try them in 50,70,85,105's, to see also if it tightens up the action a bit. I will definitely have to make a truss adjustment because there is about a 5lb difference per string but I'll also be able to lower the action too.



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8/17/2007 4:52 PM

Mao Gallardo (1266) wrote:

Wait, what do you mean 5lb difference per string. Do you mean 5 pounds of force?





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8/17/2007 7:15 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

Per Force, per string.





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Re: Ground Wound Bass Strings

8/18/2007 4:26 AM

Mao Gallardo (1266) wrote:

Oh, hehe, I see. I though your bass will weigh 20lbs more, which absolutely doesn't make any sense.





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Re: Ground Wound Bass Strings

8/19/2007 5:23 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

String tension Lbs. Not weight added to the bass.



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8/17/2007 9:05 PM

Rey Regalado (2236) wrote:

nickel is actually supposed to deepen your tone.

stainless steel strings came about in the 70's, before that it was all nickel. so if your looking for a sound like your favorite old recordings, nickel is the way to go



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8/20/2007 10:33 AM

Peter Sillery (19004) wrote:

Arent stainless steel strings harder on your frets for wear?

D Silbag!



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8/20/2007 7:44 PM

Jens Zastrow (3706) wrote:

Yes they are but luckily some of us don't have frets to wear out. ;-)

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