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D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings

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Get the most out of your bass! ProSteels are made from a specialized stainless steel alloy that delivers harmonically rich, brilliant high-end and de...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

D'Addario's brightest and most magnetic bass strings.

Get the most out of your bass! ProSteels are made from a specialized stainless steel alloy that delivers harmonically rich, brilliant high-end and deep, focused bottom. These strings excel at delivering the ringing piano-like tone that many bass players crave. Each wrap is precisely wound onto a hex core using D'Addario's exclusive computer-controlled machines, which monitor and control wrap speed and tension with extreme precision. The result is a set of strings with precise intonation and unparalleled consistency gig after gig.

FEATURES
G: .045" diameter; 41.9 lbs. tension
D: .065" diameter; 47.3 lbs. tension
A: .080" diameter; 40.5 lbs. tension
E: .100" diameter; 34.4 lbs. tension
B: .130" diameter; 31.7 lbs. tension
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D'AddarioProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings
 
4.8

(based on 15 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)
  • Long life (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Strings

If you like the bright tone of new strings and the deep bottom end then these are your new strings. They have a great tone throughout the sound spectrum with even tone and balance...Read complete review

If you like the bright tone of new strings and the deep bottom end then these are your new strings. They have a great tone throughout the sound spectrum with even tone and balance between the different strings, including the Low B string. They keep their super brightness for awhile and then mellow out to a bright tone. My last set of strings has lasted me 3 months, and my bass is due for a new set. This is with a lot of practices and live gigs with tons of sweat on them and a quick wipe down afterwards. I have found my permanent strings. Through my years of playing I have tried every string maker out there and D'Addario are my favorites due to their consistency between each set of strings, tone, price, and easy on the fingers while playing.I wish that I could get an endorsement from D'Addario.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not exactly what I was looking for...

I originally bought these strings so that I could get a brighter tone from my Ibanez SR505, but these strings were not what I wanted. The sound from these strings was very metallic and...Read complete review

I originally bought these strings so that I could get a brighter tone from my Ibanez SR505, but these strings were not what I wanted. The sound from these strings was very metallic and clunky, especically while slapping and popping, even tapping. They hold tune, but they just sound awful. I guess it's a matter of personal preference.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Strings

By Jim - Truth of Mars

from Sac, Ca

Comments about D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings:

If you like the bright tone of new strings and the deep bottom end then these are your new strings. They have a great tone throughout the sound spectrum with even tone and balance between the different strings, including the Low B string. They keep their super brightness for awhile and then mellow out to a bright tone. My last set of strings has lasted me 3 months, and my bass is due for a new set. This is with a lot of practices and live gigs with tons of sweat on them and a quick wipe down afterwards. I have found my permanent strings. Through my years of playing I have tried every string maker out there and D'Addario are my favorites due to their consistency between each set of strings, tone, price, and easy on the fingers while playing.I wish that I could get an endorsement from D'Addario.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent strings from an excellent company

By upIHg.OBE

from Undisclosed

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Comments about D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings:

I wanted some strings to brighten up my ebony boarded fretless five string (a G&L L2500). These worked wonders. Not sure how long they last as I've just got them. But so far they are the perfect match for the bass.
Great sound and I like the feel. A little rough but I sweat a lot and this helps with grip. The roughness seems to be common to stainless strings.
I have used many brands over the years and have NEVER had an issue with D'Addario for multiple types of stringed instruments. Given a choice I will will always choose their brand. Plus they are made in the USA - something I care about.
Reasonably priced, great tone, no issues

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Chime for days... weeks... months, even

By Ian M. Perge

from Evansville, IN

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Comments about D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings:

I'd been looking for my "dream" set of strings for years, and never quite coming across them until I had tried D'addario's ProSteel line. I was looking for a piano-like "chime" without sacrificing the low-end of my basses, and these were exactly what I'd been looking for. Not nearly as rough on your fingers as other stainless steel strings yet just enough to help toughen up your calluses, these are the perfect balance between super-slick coated strings and some of the earlier steel strings made that are bleed which are still on the market. If you're looking for strings that'll help you cut through the mix whether live or in the studio, help with finding the perfect slapping or tapping sound and yet still sounds like a *bass*, look no further. That they last longer than all the steel strings I've tried in my playing career is a extra bonus - it's always nice to put off changing strings. Just wipe them down, and you'll be set for months. Nothing else gets placed on my fretted basses than D'addario ProSteels.*Please note: These are "D'addario"s "Long Scale" size made for 34" bass and may-or-may-not fit your 35"-scale bass depending on the length from the nut to the tuners, if you string through-the-body or other reasons that extend the string length past the scale length (nut-to-bridge saddle distance). If you have a 35" scale bass or are unsure, purchase the EPS170-5SL "Super Long" Extended Length set.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great strings, Great Company

By (//)etal (//)ike Dawyd

from wild north of ontario canada

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Comments about D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings:

The local store wouldn't refund my money for selling me the wrong set claiming they were long enough. D'Addario sent me free of charge a new set of super long prosteels to fit my long scale string thru. Low Prices, Great punchy powerful Sound, I also use them on my 4-strings tuned to C and B.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not exactly what I was looking for...

By Spif the Mad Hatter

from Fayetteville, NC

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Pros

  • Easy To Tune
  • Strong

Cons

  • Poor Tone Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings:

    I originally bought these strings so that I could get a brighter tone from my Ibanez SR505, but these strings were not what I wanted. The sound from these strings was very metallic and clunky, especically while slapping and popping, even tapping. They hold tune, but they just sound awful. I guess it's a matter of personal preference.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    You want these.

    By ThorMcsexy

    from Georgia

    Comments about D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings:

    I use the super long scale on my Ibanez BTB 305FM. It was the first change I made from the factory strings (Elixer?) and I couldn't be more satisfied. They last ages, they aren't rough on your fingers like most steel strings, and they're BRIGHT. Best strings I've ever used.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wow...Just.....wow

    By TheVman

    from Tulsa, OK

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    Comments about D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings:

    I replaced the GHS strings that were on my Ibanez SR505 with these. The difference was a clear as night and day. These strings are the best strings that I've ever used. They have a very endearing quality to them. The Low B string does not have any buzz and is very clear and responsive. I dont think that I will put any other string on my bass. You need these strings the difference is clear.

     
    4.0

    I would buy these again.

    By D. M.

    from Missouri

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings:

      Good string

       
      5.0

      Best strings for Fender Jazz Bass

      By Morgan

      from Denver, Colorado

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Crisp
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings:

        I have tried several strings including Rotosound 66LD. I found that D'Addario strings keep their Crisp tone the longest. Rotosound would only last me a week as opposed to D'Addario Pro Steels EPS165 Lasting me at least a month. all Pros no Cons

         
        5.0

        Super bright good for slap and fingerstyle

        By Fats Domino

        from Holland MI

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings:

          These strings have a real bright tone to them. I love the slap tone as well as fingerstyle. When I use a pick, these strings sound mean. You can get some really aggressive sounds from these strings. When the description says "piano like tone" I get it. There is a nice bright metallic overtone that sounds really nice. If super bright isn't your thing, cut the hi's on your amp or tone knob and still get that nice sound without being super bright. A lot of times I need it bright so I get these strings and I can always dial back some hi's. What is tough for me is getting less bright strings and trying to make them bright, that usually doesn't sound very natural.. Good strings for a good price.

           
          5.0

          Brightest strings ive ever played!

          By Chaos Bass

          from Pennsylvania

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts

            Comments about D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings:

            For 35 years Ive demanded that "piano bright" sound from my basses. If i got 2 gigs out of a set of strings I was lucky. That bright sound gets horribly pricy. Stumbled upon these super brights about 6 months ago and gave them a try. First set i bought were on my bass for almost 3 months and still sounded right out of the package! Cudos and my highest reccomendation.

             
            5.0

            Awesome strings for slap sound

            By Andy

            from UK

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings:

              Great stings for slap sound due to their brightness....I put them on my Yamaha BB424X and I really dig the tone and feel of them.

               
              5.0

              Great Strings at a Great Price

              By strato54

              from Spartanburg, SC

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings:

                Best strings I have ever used. Tone is superb and they last longer than any I've ever used, and I have used many different brands over the last 37 years.

                 
                5.0

                D'Addario Prosteels

                By fendermaniac-vzWZh

                from Adrian, MI

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                Comments about D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings:

                These strings are awesome! Super Bright, super punchy and last forever and a day. When I brought these strings, I'd thought they would be okay and maybe last atleast a month, becuase they were only 21.99 a set. But when I installed them on my bass, I was impressed right from the get go at how nice, articulate, and punchy they sounded, and it is going on 6 months and they still sound amazing. And I plan to continue using these strings, becuase D'Addario puts out a quality product and a very resonable price.

                 
                5.0

                Great Strings

                By The ripper-cHMC9

                from St. Louis, MO

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                Comments about D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings:

                I have had these stings on all the basses I have owned and they sound great on all basses. They have a very bright sound for jazz and funk but also have a great heavy sound for rock and metal.They hardly ever have to be tuned, except for mabey an eighth of a turn to make them perfect.They sound great when hammered and slaped. All I can say is to buy these strings for all your basses it will make them the best!

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