Simple bass string question...

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  1. rhinocaster

    rhinocaster Supporting Member

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    He everyone, I just picked up a 60th anniversary Fender P bass and I've never owned a bass before. I was wondering what's the standard bass string I should be looking for.

    I like the regular wound strings that came on the bass and I'm basically looking for the bass gauge that would be like the ubiquitous .10 -.46 on guitar.

    Thanks so much! :)
     
  2. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    45-105 is pretty much "normal".
     
  3. rhinocaster

    rhinocaster Supporting Member

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    Thanks!

    I looked at a few offerings and was amazed by the choices....this helps.
     
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    If you like what came on it, a set of D'Addario nickels or Fender nickels should get you pretty much there. 45-105 is what I'd say is normal too...
     
  5. devnulljp

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    What colour are the silks at the ends of the strings? That would help narrow down what was on it to begin with.

    Noting wrong with Rotosound Swing Bass 45 -105

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    DR Hi-Beams are also great roundwounds.
     
  6. rhinocaster

    rhinocaster Supporting Member

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    There were no silks on the ends when I changed them today. The balls were colored so I suppose they were D'Addario.

    I picked up a set of DR HiBeams .45 - .105 today and they seem great for me at this point. :)

    BTW, the fingertips on my right hand (picking hand) are getting SORE! ;)

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    BTW, the fingertips on my right hand (picking hand) are getting SORE!

    Keep playing. As with the left hand, the right hand fingertips will develop callus's and tough'n up.
     
  8. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    a quick swipe of your fingers across your forehead or the side of your nose will alleviate that, the skin oils will ease the friction.
    that limited-run '50s style american standard P-bass; way awesome!
     
  9. rhinocaster

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    Thank for for the tip, I'll keep it in mind! I'm committed to playing the bass with fingers because I just treat it like a big guitar if I grab a pick..I think differently when playing with fingers. :)

    The bass really caught my attention when I first saw it. It was a 60th anniversary mish mosh of different bass elements I think. Nitro finish but not one of the reissues...it really plays and feels great to me thought. The style elements are off the charts to my eye!

    I'm also loving the retro sound of the TV 12 bassman....this is all for a rockabilly type band and I think this about covers it sonically and aesthetically. :)
     
  10. The Golden Boy

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    I used to live by D'Addario 50-105 nickel wound strings.

    These days I prefer the 45-100 nickel wounds.

    A friend gave me a set of TI Flats- I love those on my Jazz Bass.
     
  11. georgestrings

    georgestrings Senior Member

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    That's a pretty sweet setup - very nice...



    - georgestrings
     
  12. rhinocaster

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    Hey thanks! I've enjoyed my first week a great deal and I'm heading over to work on grooves with my drummer today before rehearsal....there is SO much music I'm hearing that I just don't hear with a guitar...lots of songs showing up! :)
     
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    Great bass! I played one of those and really wished I had the $ for it.
     

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