Best Nickelwound Bass Strings?

Discussion in 'Bass Area; The Bottom Line' started by Stratburst70, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. Stratburst70

    Stratburst70 Member

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    My friends and I went with Snake Oil Brand bass strings for the longest time because we liked the way they sounded on our basses right off the bat - no dealing with clangy sounds from new strings.

    However, their supply is non-existent right now (an unfortunately regular occurrence) so I'm on the lookout for another source. I've looked at Curt Mangan (heard good things about him); anywhere else I should look for strings?

    Thanks in advance. :)
     
  2. georgestrings

    georgestrings Senior Member

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    I tend to go with strings that sound well on each particular bass, and that are readily available - I use either GHS Boomers, Ernie Ball Slinkies, or D'addario EXLs, mostly in medium... Nothing fancy, I know - but it works for me...

    I've also had excellent experiences ordering from http://www.bassstringsonline.com/


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  3. Brian Scherzer

    Brian Scherzer Staff Member

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    I have been going through the same thing. I really like Snake Oil strings and had hoped that having a distributor (Sfarzo) would end the lack of reliable availability. No such luck. Depending on the bass, I use either Curt Mangan Nickel Wounds or D'Addario XL Nickel Wounds. The Mangans are brighter so I use them on basses where articulation is more important and I use the D'Addarios on the basses I use for more traditional sounds. Still prefer the Snake Oils but wasn't going to wait any longer.
     
  4. georgestrings

    georgestrings Senior Member

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    Yeah, I do something similar - the EXLs when I want a warmer, more vintage tone, Slinkys when I want some brightness, and Boomers when I want brightness and punch... I've never cared for stainless rouunds - nickels for me, please...


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