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Dean Markley 2663 Randy Jackson Alchemy Med/Light Bass Strings
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Who says you can't teach an old dawg new tricks? Why would a seasoned veteran like Randy Jackson”who has produced, played bass or performed on over 1...Click To Read More About This Product
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Who says you can't teach an old dawg new tricks? Why would a seasoned veteran like Randy Jackson”who has produced, played bass or performed on over 1,000 Gold, Platinum, and Multi Platinum albums”want to change his strings? Jackson, a Dean Markley string endorser for the largest part of his career, recently approached Dean Markley, looking for one bass guitar string that would be versatile and long lasting, and which could be used for virtually all of his recording and live applications.
In order to achieve the goal (to create the "Ultimate Bass String"), Dean Markley Strings had to realign its thinking and redesign certain manufacturing methods. After months of R&D the company's engineers developed a design that incorporates three different styles of bass guitar strings into one combination string. The Randy Jackson Alchemy Bass strings have a unique core-to-wrap ratio for proper tension, and a great sound and feel. And they have Stainless Steel under wraps, and they have the proprietary MC394 Gold cover wrap treatment over Silver-Plated NPS for added life.
The end result is a string that delivers the sound benefits of a Stainless Steel bass string with the feel, tension, and growl of a Nickel Plated Steel string that will last a long, long time.
"We've taken another important step in the evolution of string design," notes company president Dean Markley. "Its taken a versatile artist of Randy's caliber to provide us with a significant challenge, and we're all very, very pleased with the results."
2663 Randy Jackson Alchemy Med/Light Bass Strings
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I put a set of these on my Gibson SG bass reissue, and I swear they are the best strings I have ever played. I was going to keep them on until they started getting dead, but they never did. I played them every weekend, twice a weekend, for a year and a half, and I'm only replacing them because they're starting to have a problem staying in tune. But then, after 18 months, I can understand why. But, they still sound great. I was playing on Beale Street in Memphis a week or two ago, and another bass player asked me what kind they were 'cause they sounded so good.I won't play anything else. For the price of a set of these, you can easily go through three or more sets of other strings - which will cost a LOT more than a single set of these.
I bought these strings on sale, and I only bought them for that reason. I wasn't aware that they were actually gold colored, and have a purple wrap (I guess these are for your pimp bass). Anyways, besides the looks, I was really disappointed at first because they sounded ridiculously dull and stiff (but I usually play .40 gauge so i'll blame that for the stiffness).Then after playing a bet more, they sounded really bright. Now I'm happy! They sound really good now, and the feel is nice and smooth for steel strings. If looks matter, make sure your bass has gold hardware or something, but otherwise, these are great strings, just keep in mind the break in period before you splurge on a new set of strings.
Seriously, the sticker on the box looks gross. But it's what inside that counts, right? The strings look great, especially on a Cirrus, Warwick, or other natural bass. They're more yellow than gold, so if you have gold hardware don't expect a perfect match.Tonewise, they're similar to other coated strings I've tried; they sound a little broken in right out of the box, and I presume they'll keep that level of tone for a good while. The set I have has a particularly dull G string, which happens from time to time even with my favorite strings.Dollar for dollar, I think the DR coated strings might be a better value, but if you absolutely need gold strings, these may be the best way to go.
I purchased these strings six months ago for my Jazz Bass. They are easily the best strings I've ever played. The response is outstanding and they feel great. I play in a Jazz band, a metal band, and I play funk, and the strings sound great no matter what. The only real problem is that they are quite expensive. If you can afford these strings, buy them immediately.