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Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings

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Manufactured from the finest nickel-plated steel wire wrapped around a platinum hexagon steel core to produce higher magnetic response for greater brilliance, volume, sustain, and strength.


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Musician's GearElectric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings
 
4.1

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (30)
  • Consistent (20)
  • Well built / quality (13)
  • Long life (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (27)
  • Back-up (19)
  • Concerts (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tone snobs may need to look elsewhere...

Musicians Gear used to sell 4 string bass sets for about the same price. They were all I used, and now they are no longer available. I bought these, even though I have...Read complete review

Musicians Gear used to sell 4 string bass sets for about the same price. They were all I used, and now they are no longer available. I bought these, even though I have no use for the fifth string, because these 5 string sets are still about half the cost of a name brand set. I find it remarkable that there are sets of bass strings that cost more than 7 times as much as these. In the fifteen years I've been playing bass, I've never had a new string that was noticeably "flat" or "dull" out of the many sets of the Musicians Gear strings I've used. None of them have ever broken or had any functional issues. Perhaps the more expensive strings sound better when recording, but I don't record. I play bar gigs, and for this application these strings perform flawlessly. Quality strings without the name brand prices. Whats not to like?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

You Get What You Pay For

These aren't terrible, but I noticed two things right away: 1) They feel rather "dull" to the touch (sorry, I'm not great at describing these things) espeically when picking...Read complete review

These aren't terrible, but I noticed two things right away: 1) They feel rather "dull" to the touch (sorry, I'm not great at describing these things) espeically when picking with fingers and 2) if you have a bass with a neck length on the long side, some of these strings aren't as long as they should be. I strung up my Yamaha BB425X with these, and I didn't have enough string to get two full winds around the tuning peg on the 2nd and 3rd string (I used the entire string - didn't cut off the end), which means my sustain may be somewhat lacking when playing on those strings. There's really no excuse for that. For that reason, I don't plan on buying these again.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

You Get What You Pay For

By HappySquirrel

from Las Vegas, NV

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Pros

    Cons

    • Not Long Enough

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

    These aren't terrible, but I noticed two things right away: 1) They feel rather "dull" to the touch (sorry, I'm not great at describing these things) espeically when picking with fingers and 2) if you have a bass with a neck length on the long side, some of these strings aren't as long as they should be. I strung up my Yamaha BB425X with these, and I didn't have enough string to get two full winds around the tuning peg on the 2nd and 3rd string (I used the entire string - didn't cut off the end), which means my sustain may be somewhat lacking when playing on those strings. There's really no excuse for that. For that reason, I don't plan on buying these again.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Inexpensive, sound decent but dirty

    By KrustyPantz

    from Minneapolis, MN

    Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

    I'll get right to the point. I bought the strings because they were very inexpensive. The strings sound and play just fine and I have no issue with that. I do have one issue that everyone should be aware of. These strings are literally very dirty. By that I mean, once you play them for five minutes you see that the tips of your fingers dark gray (almost black) from the string plating rubbing off as you play. I would certainly not market these strings as "Manufactured from the finest nickel-plated steel" because the plating on these strings simply do not cut it.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good "all around" strings

    By ILMSTEVE

    from Cape Fear NC

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    Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

    A decent quality string. They get the job done. Not as bright as other higher priced rounds, they are more average in my eyes. The price is where they excel.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good dirty strings.

    By Pocketknife-nesYO

    from Oklahoma

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    Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

    These are good strings but they turn your fingertips black. Buy these strings and wash your hands. It's a no-brainer. Best strings for the price. I've had DR and other more expensive strings turn my fingertips black. Buy two or three sets at a time. The price is right and free shipping.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    I would NOT buy this brand strings again!!!

    By dgcarbu

    from Northern CA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Not Consistent
      • Poor Tone Quality

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

      the 105 gauge "E" string was a "dud" right out of the box - Musician's Friend would exchange them one for one because of how long ago they were purchased. I play every now and then so I only need to change them every 6 months to a year, but if you're like me, I buy in quantity, so I purchase more than a few sets of strings at a time...well, it finally came around to this set of strings and when I got o the 105 gauge E-string, it was flat in tone, like it was a used string. Definitely would NOT recommend these to a friend.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good price and they work

      By MattServo

      from IL

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      Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

      As all other reviewers have mentioned, they make your hands dirty. Coming from a set of DR hi beams, which I had used for over 2 years, I thought "what do I have to lose" and tried these out. But somehow the tone seems hollow, the sound is weaker, and this "light" gauge is still 130 low B instead of the 120 I was used to. The strings seem sluggish. It could all be my imagination, but I'm ordering the DRs again and will take these off. If I didn't have the money I'd probably even put the old DRs back on again.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tone snobs may need to look elsewhere...

      By Crash

      from Texting and Driving

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      Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

      Musicians Gear used to sell 4 string bass sets for about the same price. They were all I used, and now they are no longer available. I bought these, even though I have no use for the fifth string, because these 5 string sets are still about half the cost of a name brand set. I find it remarkable that there are sets of bass strings that cost more than 7 times as much as these. In the fifteen years I've been playing bass, I've never had a new string that was noticeably "flat" or "dull" out of the many sets of the Musicians Gear strings I've used. None of them have ever broken or had any functional issues. Perhaps the more expensive strings sound better when recording, but I don't record. I play bar gigs, and for this application these strings perform flawlessly. Quality strings without the name brand prices. Whats not to like?

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I'd buy again but you have to know what to do with them

      By Finn

      from Philly

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

        When I unpacked the strings there was a grimy film on them. I guess to protect the strings. So I cleaned them with some glass cleaner and wiped them down until all the grime was gone. Installed them on my Geddy Lee JB almost two years ago and they're still good. IMO Bang for your Buck Strings. YOU JUST HAVE TO CLEAN THEM FIRST :-) Great Slap tone. I was very surprised.

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not that great

        By Bass Envelope Filter in Church

        from Portsmouth, VA

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        Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

        You get what you pay for.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Value

        By Debzdoodle

        from Wake Forest, CA

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Price

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gigs
          • Practicing

          Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

          Couldn't be happier with these strings. So much cheaper than what I have been paying over the years. Tone is good, they last as long as anything else I have used. very happy.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          lower price does not equal better deal

          By LowBee

          from Dead Dog Lake, Montana

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          Pros

          • Low Price

          Cons

          • Poor Tone Quality

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

          i tried this set and the low B was considerably less bright then the previous D'Addario that that been on for 4 months. less bright to the point all it did was thump. the other strings had a fair amount of high end sheen to them but as i use my low b alot, this was a real let down. if you are a frequent low b user i would suggest using these as a a practice set then switching to a different set for a gig or a recording session, or barring that using them as a last minute i have no other option its either this or a length of hay bale wire type back up string thing.

           
          3.0

          Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Strings

          By stringtheory

          from SoCal

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

              Really do need a lighter hybrid gauge version the same as Ernie Ball Slinky's:
              45, 65, 80, 100 & either 125 or 118

               
              5.0

              Excellant!

              By L. Leland

              from Nashville TN

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              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Long Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

                  These strings sound great, last long and are very inexpensive. I wish they had been around when I was just starting out.

                   
                  4.0

                  I go through a lot of strings!

                  By Mrbasspro

                  from Southeast Alabama

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                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

                    Been using them since mf came out with them. I change often and they always deliver. Never a dead string.

                     
                    4.0

                    they sound good and are reasoably priced

                    By Mark

                    from San Leandro CA

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

                        They sound good and are reasonably priced. What else do you want?

                         
                        4.0

                        Not bad for the money

                        By Doug

                        from Eureka Springs AR

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent

                        Cons

                        • don't last long

                        Best Uses

                        • if you change strings often

                        Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

                        These aren't bad strings for the money, but they get dull pretty quick. If you change strings often anyway, these are a good option since they are cheap.

                         
                        4.0

                        They get the job done.

                        By Matto

                        from Missouri

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                        Pros

                        • Good Tone
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

                            So far so good. They sound good and have decent clarity.

                             
                            4.0

                            Great for practice

                            By ILMSTEVE

                            from Cape Fear NC

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                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Practicing

                                Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

                                I have used these on both practice and performance guitars. I like the price for practice strings. They have not broken in 2 years but they lost their timbre after a couple months.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Best value in bass strings

                                By Dude Man Bass

                                from Rural Wisconsin

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Good Tone

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup
                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

                                  I've been playing bass for about 15years and have my preference in strings usually in the high end. But sometimes you just need some strings to get you through and these are those strings. They are not D-R or elixir but they sound pretty good and you can't beat the price. I recommend these to new players and old alike that just need some cheap strings but still want a decent sound.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Still using them...

                                  By StanSki

                                  from Wisconsin

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                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Good Tone
                                  • Long Life
                                  • Strong

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Concerts
                                    • Practicing
                                    • Recording

                                    Comments about Musician's Gear Electric 5-String Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings:

                                    Been using this string brand for over 2 years now. Best deal on bass strings, especially a 5-string set, that I've found anywhere. They sound great, play great, and keep their tone at 1/3 the cost of the usual brands. I wish these were around 30 years ago when I was scraping pennies to buy bass strings.

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