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Electric Bass Guitar Strings

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  1. Ernie Ball 2835 Extra Slinky Round Wound Bass Strings
    Product Price $18.99
  2. DR Strings Nickel Lo-Rider 5 String Bass Medium .130 Low B (45-130)
    Product Price $39.99
  3. D'Addario EXL170 Nickel Wound Bright Round Wound Electric Bass Strings
    Product Price $19.99
  4. Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings
    Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewound Bass Strings
    Product Price $29.48
  5. D'Addario ECB81-5 Chromes XL Flatwound Bass Strings - Light Gauge
    Product Price $49.99
  6. D'Addario EXL170-5 XL Nickel Round Wound 5-String Long Bass Strings
    Product Price $24.99
  7. DR Strings Lo Rider MH5-130 Medium Stainless Steel 5-String Bass Strings .130 Low B
    Product Price $34.49
  8. Ernie Ball 2812 Regular Slinky Flatwound Bass Strings
    Product Price $34.99
  9. D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-5 Regular Light 5-String Bass Strings
    Product Price $25.80
  10. D'Addario XT Electric Bass Coated Nickel, 5-String Regular Light Long Scale 45-130
    Product Price $34.99
  11. Elixir Stainless Steel 4-String Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating, Long Scale, Light/Medium (.045-.105)
    Product Price $39.99
  12. Ernie Ball 2824 Super Slinky 5-String Bass Strings
    Product Price $21.99
  13. Ernie Ball P02814 Super Slinky Flatwound Bass Strings
    Product Price $32.99
  14. GHS Medium Bass Boomers Strings 2-Pack
    GHS Medium Bass Boomers Strings 2-Pack
    Product Price $49.99
  15. Fender 9050M Stainless Steel Flatwound Long Scale Bass Strings - Medium
    Product Price $26.62
  16. DR Strings BLACK BEAUTIES Coated 5-String Bass Light (40-120)
    Product Price $37.99
  17. Rotosound RDB66LD Double Ball End Bass Strings
    Product Price $34.95
  18. DR Strings BLACK BEAUTIES  Black Coated 5-String Bass Strings Medium (45-130)
    Product Price $48.99
  19. DR Strings Sunbeams NMR-45 Medium 4-String Bass Strings
    Product Price $20.58
  20. DR Strings Long Necks Taper Core Medium 5-String Bass Strings
    Product Price $36.99
    Open Box:
    $34.40
  21. Rotosound RS66LC Long Scale Swing Bass Strings
    Product Price $21.49
  22. Ernie Ball 2736 Cobalt Regular Slinky 5-String Electric Bass Strings
    Product Price $34.99
  23. DR Strings Lo-Rider MH-45 Stainless Steel Medium 4-String Bass Strings
    Product Price $22.60
  24. Dunlop Super Bright Nickel Medium 4-String Bass Guitar Strings
    Product Price $15.95
  25. Ernie Ball 2838 Slinky Nickel Round Wound 6-String Electric Bass Strings
    Product Price $24.99
  26. GHS Stainless Steel Precision Flatwound Electric Bass Strings
    Product Price $31.08
  27. DR Strings HI BEAMS Short Scale 4 String Bass Medium (45-105)
    Product Price $21.99
  28. D'Addario ETB92M Medium Tapewound Bass Guitar Strings Medium Scale
    Product Price $43.90
  29. D'Addario ProSteels EPS170-6 Regular Light 6-String Bass Strings
    Product Price $21.49
  30. D'Addario EXL220S XL Nickel Super Light Short Scale Electric Bass Strings
    Product Price $21.47
  31. Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 5th Bass String with NANOWEB Coating, Long Scale, Light (.130)
    Product Price $12.99
  32. D'Addario EXL160-5 XL 5-String Bass Regular/Long String Set
    Product Price $24.99
  33. DR Strings Hi-Beam 6 String Bass Medium .125 Low B
    Product Price $36.99
  34. Ernie Ball 2734 Cobalt Super Slinky Electric Bass Strings
    Product Price $28.99
  35. DR Strings BLACK BEAUTIES Coated 4-String Bass Light (40-100)
    Product Price $24.99
  36. Dunlop Flatwound Bass Strings
    Dunlop Flatwound Bass Strings
    Product Price $31.99
  37. D'Addario EXL170S Light Nickel Wound Short Electric Bass Strings
    Product Price $17.49
  38. DR Strings Sunbeams SNMR-45 Medium Short Scale 4 String Bass Strings
    Product Price $26.99
  39. DR Strings Pure Blues Medium 5-String Bass Strings (45-125)
    Product Price $30.99
  40. DR Strings Fat-Beams Stainless Steel Medium-Lite 4-String Bass Strings (45-100)
    Product Price $24.99
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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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