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Old April 9th, 2012, 11:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best Guitar and Bass strings for recording?

So, what are the best options to go? We are going to be recording a demo pretty soon, and we need to get the best from what we have. We play metal (Lamb of God, Pantera...).
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Old April 10th, 2012, 12:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have had trouble getting them here in NZ but I LOVE LOVE LOVE La Bella Super Steps for bass strings. The concept is the same as a piano string with the winding finishing before the bridge so the bare wire is touching it allowing more contact and resonance. I use them on my Yamaha RBX and they rock.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 01:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Just get yourself a pack of D'addario's for guitar and you're set. Not sure about bass strings though
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Old April 10th, 2012, 04:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old April 10th, 2012, 05:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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D'addario bass strings are also great to use...

Along with (surprisingly) Peavey strings...

Or if you have the money, Warwick EMPs (they last alot longer too...)
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Old April 10th, 2012, 09:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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D'addario ProSteels or DR hibeams for bass. I like D'addario nickels for guitar.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 10:05 AM   #7 (permalink)
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GHS Boomers for me. Daddario strings for guitar just never work out for me. Gets rusty way too quickly due to the humidity here.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 10:45 AM   #8 (permalink)
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After hearing the comparison of pro steels vs boomers it's a no brainer to me.

Pro steels.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 04:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Just tried out some DR DDT's, which sound good for a few days but go dull sounding quite quickly. Personally don't think you can be D'addarios.

Pro Steels for bass always
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Old April 10th, 2012, 10:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm pretty much gonna say D'Addario like most of the guys here, I've tried many others and they sound better and last longer. I do happen to also like the Dunlop Heavy Core strings, but they die in a short period.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 02:20 AM   #11 (permalink)
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any of you guys willing to put up unprocessed clips of bass to show the strings you like? I call do the same in the next 24 hours, not at the studio till then. Even better if poss, the same bass with different kinds of strings?
I know it maybe hard to tell what the strings are doing but worth a try.
List the bass used too in case others use the same bass, better for comparison.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 03:31 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I have had trouble getting them here in NZ but I LOVE LOVE LOVE La Bella Super Steps for bass strings. The concept is the same as a piano string with the winding finishing before the bridge so the bare wire is touching it allowing more contact and resonance. I use them on my Yamaha RBX and they rock.
Are those like the Rotosound PSDs? John Enwistle played strings like that AFAIR.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 06:23 AM   #13 (permalink)
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After hearing the comparison of pro steels vs boomers it's a no brainer to me.

Pro steels.
This is what's referenced:
http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/e...ted-steel.html

It's funny, always when I'm looking for some info there's always a relevant thread popping up. Why is that?

Please post string gauge and your tuning as well.
I've randomly bought some Elixirs before, since I enjoy them a lot on guitar. But they've been 40-95's! Probably way too thin. It's likely I'll give the Pro Steels 45-105, E-standard, a try when the time comes because of the big difference between Pro Steels and Boomers.

Also is there a good site with cheap strings in Europe?
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Old April 11th, 2012, 12:32 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Drop D most of the times, .10 -.52 (light top/heavy bottom) is my preferred string gauge, is that ok?
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Old April 11th, 2012, 03:54 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Old April 11th, 2012, 09:26 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Here is a clip of my bass. It is a Yamaha RBX 775.



With La Bella Super Steps as I mentioned I use before.

http://www.labella.com/supersteps.html

The clip is 100% unprocessed, no DI just plugged straight into the pre of my Presonus StudioLive. Ignore the playing, this was an out take of a demo I did for a band a while ago. Its not me playing. I only chose to use this as the strings are brand new in this clip.
Tuning is drop C. Gauge is 45 to 125.

Here is the clip:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10584477/La%...ngs%20test.mp3
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Old April 12th, 2012, 06:14 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Strings are just one piece of the puzzle. And I bet people can't tell the difference in a blindfold test.
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Old April 12th, 2012, 06:51 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Old April 12th, 2012, 09:16 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I'm using Dean Markley Blue Steel's 10 - 46 for E standard Eb and Drop D tuning. Have been using them for quite some time, but I also don't downtune as low as most these days.

It's a bit of a funny question however as I'm pretty sure you will not get a consensus answer and more than likely it's more down to whatever strings you prefer. I'm pretty sure many great records have been made with almost every string available. If you have a sound in mind, it might be best to look at what that artist used.
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Just get yourself a pack of D'addario's for guitar and you're set. Not sure about bass strings though
been using D'addarios for bass for 20+ years
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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:06 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Strings are just one piece of the puzzle. And I bet people can't tell the difference in a blindfold test.
Lasse posted a clip of pro steels vs Nickle Ernie's on bass...
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Old June 12th, 2012, 07:13 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Sorry to bump this but was curious ... what would anyone recommend for a 4 string bass tuned to C# standard?

Was looking at the Pro Steels but can't really decide what gauge would be best

I have an Ibanez Musician MC-900, I believe 34" scale
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Old June 12th, 2012, 08:06 PM   #23 (permalink)
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As a bass player, I HIGHLY recommend D'addario Pro Steels.
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Old June 12th, 2012, 08:10 PM   #24 (permalink)
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For the Pro Steels, probably the EPS230 55-110 at C# standard. That's as heavy as the 4 string sets go anyway. I also like the steel DR Lo-Rider @ 50-110 for C/C# standard (on my ESP LTD B-304, 34").
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Old June 12th, 2012, 08:23 PM   #25 (permalink)
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For bass, DR hi beams.
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