Best Bass Strings for Different Styles


Due to the large amount of strings available, it can be an overwhelming task to find what you are looking for even when strings are organized the way they are on this site. Here are a few recommendations for common requests for strings. Simply click on the image or string name to go the specific page for that string, which will have more information as well as links to purchase if that is what you are looking for. If what you want is not here, use the "contact us" link at the bottom and let us know!

 


I simply want the most affordable string that is still good quality:

GHS Bassics

GHS Bassics - The most affordable string from this mainstay of the bass world. Has no bells, whistles, or silk wrappings, but is quality construction and tone for a very low price.



I need an all-purpose, great sounding, great feeling bass string that will work in a variety of styles:

GHS Pressurewound

GHS Pressurewound. Easily one of the most versatile strings on the market, it can cover an impressive variety of tones authentically. A smoothed out roundwound string, it can get very dark or get a lot of crisp brightness by using EQ.



I need a very bright, metallic sounding string for aggressive rock or punk music

Dean Markley Misfits Skullbusters

Dean Markley Misfits Skullbusters. If you need to cut through in an aggressive, hard rocking situation, you will not be disappointed with these.



I want a darker, thumpier 1960s "motown" sound

LaBella Deep Talkin Bass

LaBella Deep Talkin Bass

Deep Talkin Bass are LaBellas flatwound strings and use the number code 0760. The Letter(s) after refer to guage. The 0760M Bass set was used by the legendary James Jamerson on virtually every Motown hit record in the 1960s.


I want strings that are great for slap bass

DR Fat Beam

DR Fat Beam

Fat Beams are the signature string of innovative, world class bassist Marcus Miller. Check him out, for a variety of reasons, as well as to hear some characteristics of these strings. They are steel roundwound and have a round core. Similar to the hi-beams, smoother and fatter. Reviews cite them as having a tighter bottom end sound and warmer high end.

LaBella Slappers

LaBella Slappers

Slappers use a steel core and a steel layer underneath the nickel wrap. This gives greater strength with the sound and feel of nickel, making them excellent for slap.



I want a string that sounds and feels great on a fretless bass that is not rough on the fingerboard
DR Sunbeams

DR Sunbeams


I want the strings that Jaco used on his fretless bass

Rotosound Swing Bass 66 (Steel)

Rotosound Swing Bass 66 (Steel)

Swing Bass 66 are available in either nickel or stainless steel varieties, the stainless steel naturally being the brighter. Both have a hex core. They are a very popular roundwound string, used by John Entwistle, Geddy Lee and many others