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Electric Bass Guitar Strings

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  1. DR Strings Fat-Beams Stainless Steel Medium-Lite 4-String Bass Strings (45-100)
    Product Price $24.99
  2. DR Strings Hi-Def NEON Multi-Color Coated Medium 4-String Bass Strings
    Product Price $27.99
  3. D'Addario EXL220TP Twin-Pack Bass Guitar Strings
    Product Price $35.99
  4. GHS H3045 Heavy Gauge Bass Boomers Bass Strings
    Product Price $20.52
  5. Rotosound FM66 Funk Master Bass Strings
    Rotosound FM66 Funk Master Bass Strings
    Product Price $21.50
  6. Fender 7250-5L Super Bass Nickel-Plated Steel Long Scale 5-String Bass Strings - Light
    Product Price $18.47
  7. Ernie Ball P02813 Hybrid Slinky Flatwound Bass Strings
    Product Price $34.99
  8. DR Strings Hi-Beams Heavy 4-String Bass Strings
    Product Price $22.30
  9. DR Strings Hi-Beams Light 5-String Bass Strings
    Product Price $39.99
  10. Dunlop Super Bright Steel Medium 5-String Bass Guitar Strings
    Product Price $19.95
  11. Thomastik JF346 Flatwound Scale 6-String Jazz Bass Strings
    Product Price $132.95
  12. Dunlop Marcus Miller Super Bright Electric Bass Strings (45-105)
    Product Price $19.95
  13. Dunlop Super Bright Nickel Light 5-String Bass Guitar Strings
    Product Price $19.95
  14. GHS L3045 Bass Boomers Light String
    GHS L3045 Bass Boomers Light String
    Product Price $20.95
  15. Fender 5250XL Nickel-Plated Steel Short Scale Bass Strings - Extra Light
    Product Price $17.92
  16. D'Addario ProSteels EPS165 Light Top/Medium Bottom Long Scale Bass Strings
    Product Price $18.95
  17. Ernie Ball 2733 Cobalt Hybrid Slinky Electric Bass Strings
    Product Price $28.99
  18. DR Strings Hi Beams Medium 5-String Bass .130 Low B String
    Product Price $29.30
  19. Rotosound RS88S Trubass Black Nylon Flatwound Standard Gauge Short Scale Bass Strings
    Product Price $34.99
  20. Thomastik JF365 Jazz Flatwound Long Scale 5-String Bass Strings
    Product Price $119.95
  21. DR Strings NEON Hi-Def Green Bass SuperStrings Medium 4-String
    Product Price $23.69
  22. DR Strings Hi-Def NEON Green Coated 4-String Bass Strings Heavy (50-110)
    Product Price $34.99
  23. Dunlop Marcus Miller Super Bright 5-String Electric Bass Strings (45-105)
    Product Price $24.95
  24. DR Strings Fat-Beams Stainless Steel Medium 5-String Bass Strings (45-125)
    Product Price $25.68
  25. DR Strings Hi-Def NEON Red Coated Medium 4-String (45-105) Bass Guitar Strings
    Product Price $29.99
  26. Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 6th Bass String with NANOWEB Coating, Long Scale, Medium (.032)
    Product Price $7.99
  27. D'Addario EXL170-6 Nickel Round Wound 6 String Long Bass Strings
    Product Price $27.99
  28. DR Strings Drop-Down Tuning 5-String Heavy Bass Strings
    Product Price $31.95
  29. D'Addario EXL220-5 XL 5-String Bass Super Soft/Long String Set
    Product Price $26.01
  30. DR Strings HI-BEAM Stainless Steel 5-String Bass Strings X-Long Scale (45-65-85-105-125)
    Product Price $32.99
  31. LaBella RX-N4D Rx Nickel 5-String Electric Bass Strings
    Product Price $25.95
  32. Elixir Nickel-Plated Steel 5th Bass String with NANOWEB Coating, Extra Long Scale, Taperwound Light (.130)
    Product Price $13.99
  33. Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky Nickel Wound Electric Bass Guitar Strings - 65-130 Gauge
    Product Price $24.99
  34. DR Strings Hi-Def NEON White Coated Medium 4-String Bass Strings
    Product Price $28.59
  35. Ernie Ball P02815 Extra Slinky Flatwound Bass Strings
    Product Price $34.99
  36. D'Addario NYXL45105 Gauge NPS Long-Scale Bass Strings
    Product Price $29.99
  37. GHS Boomers Long Scale Plus Medium Light Bass Guitar Strings
    Product Price $23.99
  38. DR Strings Fat-Beams Stainless Steel Medium 6-String Bass Strings (30-125)
    Product Price $30.44
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    DR Strings BKB-50 Black Beauty Heavy Bass Strings
    Product Price $27.99
  40. D'Addario EXL165-6 XL 6-String Bass Soft/Regular String Set
    Product Price $22.49
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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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