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Posted 27 October 2015 - 07:39 PM

XL's for me. Perfect for getting lots of middy growl.
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Posted 29 October 2015 - 06:39 PM

I really like nickel EXL 160's (105 - 50) on my 78 Precision.

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 10:46 AM

Been using them for years. Mainly going between EXL-165s and EXB83s.

The EXLs are about as close as I've been able to get a roundwound string to feel like a flatwound.

I did briefly change them from the 165-5s to Elixir stainless 45s on the BB1025. A few slides up and down the neck and I thought I had sliced my finger open they are so rough. Plus the tension is a lot higher as well making fretting the notes really difficult. So they're off and back in the packet after one gig never to be used again.

As of today I've put on a set of ECB80s Chromes 45, 65, 75, 95 and a 132 B which I had do buy separately as they only do 5 string Chromes in 45s. A lot lighter than I am used to but they feel really nice and I'm looking forward to being able to play a bit closer to the bridge like I used to.

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 11:32 AM

Really like D'Addario Balanced Tension EXL170BT 45-60-80-107. Excellent strings.

I'm currently using Elixir Nanoweb 50-105 Nickel Plated Rounds on my P-Bass and I'm liking those a lot, too.

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 11:07 AM

EXL 170's for me on all my 34" scale basses. Used 'em for years, never a duff one, or a breakage.
Last for ages with me, although I don't sweat much at all!
Use their short scale ones on my Dano too, perfect.

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 11:19 AM

Although I'm principally a Hartke string user, I use D'addario XL 45-105 strings whenever I need super long scale for my thru body strung Gibsons - the regular length Hartkes just can't quite reach the A tuner with enough wrap. Been very happy with them, no complaints.

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 12:28 PM

Always used D'Addario Prosteels... thinking of trying some nickles out again on my fretted basses though as I love the tone on fretless.

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 02:26 PM

Been using D'Addario practicly since i started playing. Started with the Nickelwound series and changed to ProSteels as soon as they were released. Now i have brand new sets of FlexSteels waiting to go on all my basses as soon as i have time to set them up.

For me D'Addario are the best price/durability/quality/tone compromise. Tried a lot of diferent brands (the usual suspects) and allways came back to D'Addario.

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 02:29 PM

 neepheid, on 02 November 2015 - 11:19 AM, said:

Although I'm principally a Hartke string user, I use D'addario XL 45-105 strings whenever I need super long scale for my thru body strung Gibsons - the regular length Hartkes just can't quite reach the A tuner with enough wrap. Been very happy with them, no complaints.

I can add that D'Addario have a very complete range of strings and very compreensive for us to choose. My TRB is a 35" and Super Long Scale strings fit perfectly, i had problems with getting the right lenght from other brands.

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 03:18 PM

Thank you all for your kind words about our bass strings, I check the forum regularly so please PM me with any questions you may have relating to any of our products.
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Posted 02 November 2015 - 04:08 PM

Prosteels - 45-105 for me. I have dallied with more expensive strings such as DR and the like but they're not as good. I like a bright zingy string for pick playing.
I do miss them having silk wraps on the ends though. I just think it makes strings look nicer on a bass and I am a tart.

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 04:35 PM

Personally hate silks on strings... as when I try and clean them...not that a string maker wants to read this, they get very untidy. IMO.

The only possible reason to have them is to ID batches of different makers strings but even then, I'd tie them all off in sets anyway.

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 11:30 PM

 D'AddarioUK, on 02 November 2015 - 03:18 PM, said:

Thank you all for your kind words about our bass strings, I check the forum regularly so please PM me with any questions you may have relating to any of our products.

Thank you for your staunch support of this community and our bashes, Andy.

I'm a huge Chromes fan (they're on all of my Warwicks minus one, which has D'Addario half-rounds); I also have a lovely set of D'Addario black tapewounds on my Bass Collection.

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Posted 04 November 2015 - 09:11 PM

I've been playing 13 years and tried pretty much every string from the major brands and D'addario for me are just a cut above. My go-to string being the Flexsteels which IMO are the best strings on the planet. I know when I buy a pack, what I'm getting. They last forever, are strong as an ox, harmonically rich and have such a nice feel and tension. The guitarist in my band swears by D’Addario too.

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 09:12 AM

EXL 170 - 5's 45 - 130 All the time.... Occasionally I try others but always come back to D'Addario.

I also like the fact that they come in a sealed bag... You know they will be as fresh as when first picked! :)

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 04:29 PM

I use xl 45-125, great tension, very punchy and lots of growl!

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 06:39 PM

I`ve just fitted a set of Pro Steel EPS160s to my Precision.First impressions are good. Seem a bit higher tension than my regular Rotosound rounds but a small adjustment on the truss rod has sorted that. The main difference is that instead of 45, 65, 80, 105 the strings are now 50, 70, 85, 105 and they seem to be more "together" tonally if that makes sense? Previously the D & G seemed overly twangy against the E & A.

Went with them as many have said they are bright sounding, which is what I need for my band. My regular sound is dead Roto rounds but as said, the band needs some top end. Plus although Rotos start out twangy, they die really quickly and again many have said that Pro Steels are long lasting. Of course it`s in the mix that counts but at the moment, I like.

Plus, Low End Bee recommends them as on post 41, and having heard his Precision strung with them, well that was recommendation enough.

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 09:13 PM

 Lozz196, on 05 November 2015 - 06:39 PM, said:

...The main difference is that instead of 45, 65, 80, 105 the strings are now 50, 70, 85, 105 and they seem to be more "together" tonally if that makes sense? Previously the D & G seemed overly twangy against the E & A.

Makes a lot of sense to me, Lozz. I think 50, 70 and 85 are way more 'natural' to a 105 - sounds more balanced across the strings. IMHO.

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 12:19 AM

Now that I think about it I have 3 basses wearing D'Addario strings - Tapes, Flats, and rounds. And another with Elixers!

They make good sounding strings. Unlike a some manufacturers their quality control seems excellent. Will buy again.
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Posted 24 November 2015 - 03:14 PM

My current set of flats have been on for 8 yrs and they sound good to my ears, plenty of middle etc
Just to say I didn't like them much when new, much too twangy.
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Posted 24 November 2015 - 10:09 PM

ProSteels for me. The low B strings have a reliably articulate, glassy ping to the tone. They're consistent, durable, available, high quality and first-class. Even the name "D'Addario" sounds refined!


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Posted 05 December 2015 - 12:10 PM

Another vote for D'addario here. In my experience they "last" longest - still sounding bright and snappy after plenty of hard gigging/sweating/drooling. Have occasionally tried others but always come back to D'addario.
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Posted 05 December 2015 - 12:22 PM

Furtehr to my post above - no. 47 - I`ve now gone down a gauge, 45, 65, 80, 100, to get "the twang" so to speak. I found the heavier gauge had bucketloads of oomph, but not the amount of twang needed. And in the mix they are great, I really like them. Don`t know about how long they`ll last, but they sound pretty much now like they did out of the packet, after a few rehearsals and one gig, whereas I`d notice the difference in Rotos within a week. Looking good so far.
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Posted 21 December 2015 - 01:17 PM

I have used the balanced tension 120-50 set for the last few years. Fantastic strings for tuning below standard tuning and they are really reasonably priced.

I have used the standard nickelwound 105-45 sets one and off for the last 10 years as well. I prefer the D'addarios to Rotosound and Ernie Ball strings, but I'm not that precious about strings and will try other brands as well.

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Posted 21 December 2015 - 01:45 PM

I have used their nickel EXLs for years and really like them; Mike Lull fits them to his basses too. I also found their extra long 5 string sets the easiest to track down, as they are essential for the through-body B-string on a Lull.

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Posted 21 December 2015 - 03:43 PM

Another happy D'Addario user here - EXL170s on my Sandberg VM5 and EPS170s on my MTD KZ6. Like others above, I have experimented with just about everything under the sun over the years and have found D'Addarios to offer the best overall combination of quality and value for money.

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 10:56 AM

I just had a duff E string in a pack of XL's... After emailing Daddario customer services their marketing manager emailed straight back and is sending out a some new strings and a complementary T shirt.
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Posted 04 January 2016 - 12:28 PM

Half Rounds for me: 45-100 for me - play lovely and smooth.

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 05:50 PM

Good to see that D'Addario continue to support the community by providing the Beta Test group with their new NYXL strings to test before they're even available to buy in the UK. Haven't had a chance to test mine yet due to a trapped nerve but I'm expecting good things.

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 06:09 PM

I got a pack of flex steels at the bash and put them on my Spector when it was set up at the Gallery. Bloody great! :)
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