What Bass Strings for My Son??

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by BillyK, Nov 12, 2005.

  1. BillyK

    BillyK Supporting Member

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    I bought a Squire P-Bass for my son for Christmas. I suspect that the strings suck, and that I could significantly improve playability, tuning, tone, ect with a good set of strings.

    What is your recommendation?
     
  2. Chiba

    Chiba Gold Supporting Member

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    I like Ernie Ball bass strings, that's what I use on both of my basses. I'm not 100% sure of the gauges, but I use the set with the icky green label - 45 to 105 I *think*.

    --chiba (recently recovering formerly gigging bass player)
     
  3. tonezoneonline

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    Although the strings on the Squire bass are not the best ,a good setup will do far more to improve the guitars playability
    and tuning.
     
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    My son loves Elixir strings on his bass, My wallet doesn't!
     
  5. LithiumLulu

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    You might want to look at replacing the tuners. I know several people with Squires that wouldn't stay in tune until they swapped out the tuners. I agree with the setup comment too. If you can do it yourself it's free and could help a lot.
     
  6. BillyK

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    I will definately do a set up with a string change. I'll keep an eye on those tuners.

    Thanks!
     
  7. Thor

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    What kind of music is your son into? Just trying to figure out if he is going to want round wound or flat wounds.

    I also want to agree with the above recommendations for a good set-up - it can make a world of difference - especially with less expensive insturments - some of that cost savings comes from a speedy and less-than-stellar set up at the factory.

    Remeber that you can boil your strings (though I've never tried that trick with a coated string such as Elixir) to get off the grime and get extra use/life out of 'em:AOK
     

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