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Electric Bass Guitar Strings

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Bass Guitar
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    Musician's Gear Electric 4-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings Musician's Gear Electric 4-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings
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    D'Addario EXL170TP Round Wound Bass Guitar Strings 2-Pack D'Addario EXL170TP Round Wound Bass Guitar Strings 2-Pack
    D'Addario EXL170TP Round Wound Bass Guitar Strings 2-Pack

    D'Addario EXL170: D'Addario's XL Nickel Round Wound series of electric bass guitar strings provide bright,...

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    D'Addario ECB82 Chromes Flatwound Medium Bass Strings D'Addario ECB82 Chromes Flatwound Medium Bass Strings
    D'Addario ECB82 Chromes Flatwound Medium Bass Strings

    Smooth feel and great tone.

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    Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings
    Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 Bass Strings

    Rotosound roundwound bass strings are still handmade in England to the same specifications as when they...

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    Ernie Ball 2832 Regular Slinky Round Wound Bass Strings Ernie Ball 2832 Regular Slinky Round Wound Bass Strings
    Ernie Ball 2832 Regular Slinky Round Wound Bass Strings

    Slinky Round Wound series bass guitar strings- regular (50-105) gauge

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    Elixir Nanoweb Light Bass Strings Elixir Nanoweb Light Bass Strings
    Elixir Nanoweb Light Bass Strings

    Steel on the inside, space-age polymer on the outside! Nanoweb strings from Elixir feature a high-tech polymer...

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    Ernie Ball 2836 Regular Slinky 5-String Bass Strings 2 Pack Ernie Ball 2836 Regular Slinky 5-String Bass Strings 2 Pack
    Ernie Ball 2836 Regular Slinky 5-String Bass Strings 2 Pack

    Brighter, dynamic sound with lots of clarity.<br />The original Slinky Bass string is available in a wide...

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    Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings
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    Smooth, warm, and balanced.

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    D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings
    D'Addario ECB81 XL Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings

    Easy on the fingers.

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    Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light Fender 9050L Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Light
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    Make history and compelling music with these flatwound bass strings when you depend on Fender.

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    Ernie Ball 2834 Super Slinky Round Wound Bass Strings 2 Pack Ernie Ball 2834 Super Slinky Round Wound Bass Strings 2 Pack
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    Brighter, dynamic sound with lots of clarity.<br />The original Slinky Bass string is available in a wide...

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    D'Addario EXL160TP Twin-Pack Bass Guitar Strings D'Addario EXL160TP Twin-Pack Bass Guitar Strings
    D'Addario EXL160TP Twin-Pack Bass Guitar Strings

    D'Addario roundwound EXL160TP Twin-Pack Bass Guitar Strings have a nickel-plated steel wrap and produce...

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    Elixir Nanoweb Medium Electric Bass Strings Elixir Nanoweb Medium Electric Bass Strings
    Elixir Nanoweb Medium Electric Bass Strings

    Steel on the inside, space-age polymer on the outside! Nanoweb strings from Elixir feature a high-tech polymer...

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    Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings
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    D'Addario EXL170-5TP 5-String Bass Guitar Strings (2 Sets) D'Addario EXL170-5TP 5-String Bass Guitar Strings (2 Sets)
    D'Addario EXL170-5TP 5-String Bass Guitar Strings (2 Sets)

    EXL1705-5TP D'Addario's XL Nickel Round Wound series of electric bass guitar strings promote bright, true...

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    Elixir Elixir Nanoweb Medium / Long Scale Electric Bass Strings Elixir Elixir Nanoweb Medium / Long Scale Electric Bass Strings
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    Gauges: 44-65-85-105. Nanoweb coating permits electric bass strings with the feel, bright tone, and punch of...

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    Rotosound RS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings Rotosound RS77S Short Scale Jazz Bass Monel Flat Wound Strings
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    Rotosound Jazz Bass strings are handmade in England. Gauges 40-50-75-90.

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    Elixir Nanoweb Super Light Electric Bass Strings Elixir Nanoweb Super Light Electric Bass Strings
    Elixir Nanoweb Super Light Electric Bass Strings

    Gauges: 40-65-75-95. <br /><br />Elixirs are the first major innovation in strings in over forty years, and...

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    D'Addario EXL165TP Twin-Pack Bass Guitar Strings D'Addario EXL165TP Twin-Pack Bass Guitar Strings
    D'Addario EXL165TP Twin-Pack Bass Guitar Strings

    D'Addario roundwound EXL165TP Twin-Pack Bass Guitar Strings have a nickel-plated steel wrap and produce...

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    Ernie Ball 2832 Regular Slinky Round Wound Bass Strings 2 Pack Ernie Ball 2832 Regular Slinky Round Wound Bass Strings 2 Pack
    Ernie Ball 2832 Regular Slinky Round Wound Bass Strings 2...

    Brighter, dynamic sound with lots of clarity.<br />The original Slinky Bass string is available in a wide...

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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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