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MF MD HG01 2017 Holiday Gift Guide 11-12-17

Electric Bass Guitar Strings

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  1. Best Seller
    Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings
    $9.99
  2. Top Rated
    D'Addario ECB82 Chromes Flatwound Medium Bass Strings
    $24.95
  3. 10% off with code
    D'Addario EXL170TP Round Wound Bass Guitar Strings 2-Pack
    $34.99
  4. Top Rated
    Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings
    $19.95
  5. Top Rated
    Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light
    $21.99
  6. Top Rated
    Ernie Ball 2834 Super Slinky Roundwound Bass Strings
    $18.49
  7. Top Rated
    DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 4 String Bass Strings
    $17.50
  8. Top Rated
    Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Long Scale, Light (.045-.100)
    $29.95
    Open Box:
    $27.85
  9. Top Rated
    Fender 7250ML Super Bass Nickel-Plated Steel Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium Light
    $13.99
  10. Best Seller
    Ernie Ball 2824 Super Slinky 5-String Bass Strings
    $18.99
  11. Price Drop
    DR Strings Black Beauties Medium 4-String Bass Strings
    $19.95
  12. Top Rated
    D'Addario EXL170 Nickel Wound Bright Round Wound Electric Bass Strings
    $15.95
  13. Top Rated
    D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings
    $26.99
  14. Top Rated
    Ernie Ball 2832 Regular Slinky Round Wound Bass Strings 2 Pack
    $34.99
  15. Top Rated
    Ernie Ball 2832 Regular Slinky Roundwound Bass Strings
    $18.49
  16. Top Rated
    D'Addario ETB92 Nylon Tapewound Medium Gauge Bass Strings
    $29.99
  17. Best Seller
    Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105)
    $28.57
  18. Top Rated
    DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 5-String Bass .125 Low B String
    $24.50
  19. Top Rated
    Ernie Ball 2834 Super Slinky Round Wound Bass Strings 2 Pack
    $34.99
  20. GHS M3045 Bass Boomers Medium Electric Bass Strings
    $18.95
  21. Top Rated
    GHS L3045 Bass Boomers Light String
    GHS L3045 Bass Boomers Light String
    $19.95
  22. Top Rated
    Rotosound BS66 Billy Sheehan Bass Strings
    Rotosound BS66 Billy Sheehan Bass Strings
    $19.99
  23. Top Rated
    D'Addario EXL160-5 XL 5-String Bass Regular/Long String Set
    $19.71
  24. Top Rated
    D'Addario EXL170-6 Nickel Round Wound 6 String Long Bass Strings
    $20.66
  25. Top Rated
    Fender 7250M Super Bass Nickel-Plated Steel Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium
    $16.95
  26. Ernie Ball 2837 Slinky Silhouette Short-Scale 6-String Bass Strings
    $7.99
  27. D'Addario EXL165TP Twin-Pack Bass Guitar Strings
    $25.35
  28. Top Rated
    Ernie Ball 2831 Slinky Round Wound Power Bass Strings
    $18.49
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    Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Long Scale, Super Light (.040-.095)
    $38.99
  30. Top Rated
    Dunlop Super Bright Nickel Medium 4-String Bass Guitar Strings
    $14.39
  31. Top Rated
    Ernie Ball 2835 Extra Slinky Round Wound Bass Strings
    $17.20
  32. Top Rated
    D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge
    $36.05
  33. Top Rated
    GHS M3050 Precision Flatwound Bass Strings Medium
    $30.78
  34. Top Rated
    Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings
    $76.99
  35. Top Rated
    Ernie Ball 2836 Regular Slinky 5-String Bass Strings 2 Pack
    $44.99
  36. Top Rated
    Rotosound RS88LD Trubass Black Nylon Flatwound Bass Strings
    $28.70
  37. Top Rated
    D'Addario EXL170BT Balanced Tension 45-107 Long Scale Electric Bass String Set
    $15.95
  38. Top Rated
    D'Addario EXL170-5TP 5-String Bass Guitar Strings (2 Sets)
    $40.25
  39. Top Rated
    Rotosound RS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings
    $31.99
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    D'Addario ECB81M Chromes Flat Wound Electric Bass Strings Light Medium Scale
    $26.95
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Your electric bass guitar strings have a huge impact on the way the instrument sounds. With many combinations of types, materials and gauges available, it can be a frightening proposition for new players to pick out their first set of strings. Fortunately, once you break down each option that you're facing, the decision can be easier than it seems at first. Roundwound winding strings are the most common type. Perfectly round, these strings offer the brightest sound and give the strings a deeply-grooved feel that makes them a bit rougher to the touch with more finger noise than other strings. Roundwound strings are the go-to shape for slapping, popping and tapping. Flatwound winding strings, on the other hand, are shaped like ribbons and give a mellow tone. This type of string is a good fit for jazz and reggae. Smooth to the touch, flatwound strings make very little finger noise. Sitting in the middle are groundwound winding strings, which are based on a round shape but shaved down on two sides to combine some of the brightness of roundwound strings with a sense of the silky-smooth feel of flatwound. Electric bass strings are primarily made in stainless steel and nickel-plated steel varieties. Steel is a great material for strings because of its strength and its corrosion resistance that allows it to stand up to sweat and humid environments. Nickel plating is a bit easier on frets and fingers, with a slightly softer sound than the clear, poignant tone of straight-steel strings. Other less common bass string materials include plain nickel, chrome, copper, phosphor bronze, silver and nylon. The final considerations are gauge and getting the right fit for your bass. Choosing a gauge for your strings is essentially striking a balance between tone and playability. Lighter-gauge strings place less emphasis on tone but are much easier for a beginner to play. Heavier strings take more effort to fret and pick, but reward that effort with great tone. Your goal should be to find the gauge that hits the sweet spot for your experience level and desired tone. Naturally, you'll also need to choose a set that comes with the right number of strings for your instrument and has the correct scale length, since a short-scale string won't reach the head of a long-scale guitar and a long-scale string would be too thick to wrap around a short-scale guitar's posts. Ultimately, no one can tell you which strings will be best for you. There are so many variables that you may have to experiment before you find the ones that suit your needs. This process of trial and error is normal—and when you find that perfect set of strings your bass lines will sound better than ever before.


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