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Posted 19 October 2015 - 06:25 PM

Hi all,

I dont see bass players mentioning D'addario strings often and wonder why that is? In the guitar world D'addarios are appreciated somewhat but not in the bass world (it seems).

I have D'addarios 45-100 on my new bass and at some stage will have to buy new ones so wonder if there is a good reson to avoid buying D'addario for me bass.

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 06:37 PM

I always use d'Addario half rounds 45-100

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 06:38 PM

I recently bought a pack of 3 from strings direct as they were on offer so i thought i'd give them a go. They seem fine to me and i would consider getting them again.

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 06:47 PM

I have D'Addario Chromes on all my basses. I can't think of a reason to avoid the brand, they have been making instrument strings for a lot of years. However, some people will favour them, some won't.
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Posted 19 October 2015 - 06:54 PM

I love D'addario strings, specifically 0.45 - .105 nickels and 0.45 - .100 on shortscales (just because they don't seem to do a .105).

Great strings. I do like elixirs as well, but they are too pricey for me!

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 07:04 PM

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 07:13 PM

I use 40 ~ 100 chrome flats on my Jazz.

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 07:16 PM

45-100 are my 'go to' strings on fretted. I use D'Addarios on my guitars too.
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Posted 19 October 2015 - 07:17 PM

D'Addario were great sponsors of the Herts bass bash. They came and did a talk on strings and supplied all the strings for Lozz'z head 2 head bass test.
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Posted 19 October 2015 - 07:22 PM

Their nickel EXL strings are amazing, and great value.

Just take a look at the people who use them, Michael Manring and John Patitucci for instance.

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 07:33 PM

I use EXL 230 55-110 nickels, standard or drop tuned they're great.

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 07:40 PM

Love 'em on everything! - Oh and the customer care from D'Addario UK - well, D'addario all over is just brilliant.

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 07:41 PM

Another vote for EXL nickels here. Swapped over from Elixir furries a couple of years ago & never use anything else now.
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Posted 19 October 2015 - 07:44 PM

They are what i use. have no problems with them - we were talking about them quite a bit a few months back as they had a special offer on here
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Posted 19 October 2015 - 08:51 PM

Ok :) Im actually surprised to see many replies. I guess I expected none or one repliy but it seems as if D'addarios are as respected in the bass world as they are in the guitar world. Well Im satisfied with mine but I never tried any others so ... . Not sure how long they stay fresh but time will tell I guess and once they sound dull I will try and make them new by using this method called "slap the s..t out of the strings" ;
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Posted 19 October 2015 - 08:59 PM

I really rate D'Addarios - the .045 to .105 roundwounds do it for me. I rate them over the Rotosounds because of the extra 0.005" on the 'A' string. I play that one a LOT.
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Posted 19 October 2015 - 09:25 PM

D'Addarios on all my remaining guitars. EXL165-5 (45-135) on my MM, Chrome Flats 50-105 on my P Bass and EXL 170 (45-100) on my Jazz. I can't really see a need to change at the moment.
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Posted 19 October 2015 - 11:39 PM

I´ve been using EXL in diferent gauges for years without any complain, they feel good, and sound good and i like their price too.

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 05:34 AM

View PostGrangur, on 19 October 2015 - 07:17 PM, said:

D'Addario were great sponsors of the Herts bass bash. They came and did a talk on strings and supplied all the strings for Lozz'z head 2 head bass test.

Gifted a set of D'Addario's, Black, tape wound , four string at the South East Bash, put them on my P Fretless they sound more mellow than the Status Tapewound that it came with and on my Fretless five and as good as the La' Bella's on another fretless I have, less 'clack' as well ;)

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 06:45 AM

I love their Pro Steels, great strings.

I had given up on Nickel strings in recent years, due to getting an allergic reaction when using them. My Jazz got a set of the D'addario nickels at the Herts Bass Bash and I was pleased to find, no allergic reaction and they sound and feel just lovely.

Also their customer service is first rate.

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 06:47 AM

I use D'addario Chromes on all my basses, lovely strings, slightly brighter than other flatwounds I have used, and I use D'addario on my guitars too. Always found them reliable and long lasting.
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Posted 20 October 2015 - 10:02 PM

All I ever use-45-105 chromes. Have tried the stainless ones, didn't appear a lot different to the chromes, so I stick with them. Never had a problem with them. My local music shop told me a while ago that D'Addario made Fender strings too, and they do have the same coloured ends. Used them until they stopped stocking them, no difference. Another big thumbs up for D'addario strings.
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Posted 20 October 2015 - 10:10 PM

I like their flats. Their rounds are a bit meh...not bad, just nothing special.

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 10:11 PM

They've been representing at two of our Bash's so props from me just for giving the time to the grass-roots types guys who are doing it.
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Posted 25 October 2015 - 12:47 AM

I`ve used Chromes a few times over the years, but at present need that clank you get from rounds, so back to what I know, Rotosounds. But kudos to D`Addario, as above, they`ve now been to 2 of the bashes, nice to see a company do stuff like this.
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Posted 25 October 2015 - 10:35 AM

View PostBilly Apple, on 20 October 2015 - 10:11 PM, said:

They've been representing at two of our Bash's so props from me just for giving the time to the grass-roots types guys who are doing it.

View PostLozz196, on 25 October 2015 - 12:47 AM, said:

I`ve used Chromes a few times over the years, but at present need that clank you get from rounds, so back to what I know, Rotosounds. But kudos to D`Addario, as above, they`ve now been to 2 of the bashes, nice to see a company do stuff like this.

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Posted 25 October 2015 - 10:42 AM

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 04:42 PM

D'addario flats for me. Nice compromise between mellow and crisp.

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 06:59 PM

I've used them on guitar for as far back as I can remember. Great strings. I have been using d'addario pro steels on my basses for the past 3 years and recently am trying out some elixir's on the bass I use for reggae as I don't need that piano like tone for that.
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Posted 27 October 2015 - 07:17 PM

I wouldn't buy them as first choice... they are ok.
I'm not a fan of their tension...XL Pro steels, and
I think they occupy the middle ground of strings
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