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Posted 19 March 2017 - 04:59 PM

I need to restring 4 five string basses, I'm not overly fussy with strings so I'm looking for alternatives to my usual EB ones at around 30 a packet.

13.60 for the .130s I like they look worth a try, if they are ok I'll bulk buy a few sets.

Anyone tried them or got any other suggestions? (not Rotos, I can't stand them!).

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:07 PM

I had DR Sunbeams on my Warwick Starbass V (in the for sale section at the moment :) but wasn't getting the sound I wanted, so put some red labels on. It took a few days for the feel to 'feel right' but I can see no reason to go back to £30 - £50 strings as the Warwicks sound brilliant

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:41 PM

That's good to know thanks! :)
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:32 PM

I have used them a few times, there was nothing to dislike about them, if I can't get Elites I would happily use them again
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:38 PM

I've tried them; they're bright, clanky, slightly rough feeling, which is more or less what I expected from Stainless Steel rounds. They did remind me a lot of Rotosounds, but I've not had a set of those in years.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:40 PM

Red labels are fairly good and I think gear 4 music are the cheapest supplier in the UK atm

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:02 PM

They are my string of choice. They seem to last longer than other brands (for me anyway). 😊
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:04 PM

I really like them and they've been my go-to backup strings for a while now. I tend to keep a spare set lying around because at £13 a set it's a worthwhile spare to have in your gig bag. They perform great but need a little playing in so they don't sound too brittle. They go dead quicker than the usual DR's I use but then you could buy 3 sets of Warwick Red labels for the cost of a sing set of DR's.
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:44 PM

Sounds promising then, thanks guys I'll get a set and try them out, I used Elites for years too Roger. I'm not mega fussy, I'd rather have zingy that I can cut than dead within a week.

All my basses are active (even my Double bass :yarr: ) the strings are probably a year old or more on all of them, probably been boosting the treble to get longer out of them :)
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:22 PM

I didn't like them at all personally. To be fair though I love Rotosounds so the Red Labels will probably be ideal for you :lol:.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:25 PM

I tried them on my Warwick. Sounded nice, bright but I like that.
They felt a bit too rough for my liking.
Not bad for the price but I wouldn't buy them again.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:28 PM

View PostPainy, on 19 March 2017 - 08:22 PM, said:

I didn't like them at all personally. To be fair though I love Rotosounds so the Red Labels will probably be ideal for you :lol:.

You can have all my old ones then, they sound like 2 day old Rotos :lol:
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:29 PM

View Postribbetingfrog, on 19 March 2017 - 08:25 PM, said:

I tried them on my Warwick. Sounded nice, bright but I like that.
They felt a bit too rough for my liking.
Not bad for the price but I wouldn't buy them again.

Have you found anything in the middle worth trying?
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:36 PM

I have used many sets of them. Seem to recall paying about £7.50 a set from Thomann a few years back! Very good value even at twice the price!

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:55 PM

All strings look to have gone up in price since I last swapped them!
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:44 PM

I use Warwick Red Label Stainless Steels for a while. They were good, lasted well, but for a 34" scale set of strings, the taper on the lower strings started before the nut.

I started using Fender 7350M Stainless when they were cheaper than the Red Labels. IIRC, the last set(s) I bought were something like £13 each. They sound good, last well and I think they're serious value for money.

I have used more expensive strings in the past Ernie Ball, Roto's, Elites, the Fender's are at least as good as. You may notice some difference if you're used to some of the higher end brands, but I think that the Fender's are pretty good.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:46 AM

Red Labels reminded me a lot of Roto's when I used them. Coarse and rough, died quickly and eat frets.
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:04 AM

View PoststingrayPete1977, on 19 March 2017 - 09:55 PM, said:

All strings look to have gone up in price since I last swapped them!
since my last moan here on BC about price increases, some have come back down. Hmmmmm.......

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:57 AM

View PoststingrayPete1977, on 19 March 2017 - 04:59 PM, said:

I need to restring 4 five string basses, I'm not overly fussy with strings so I'm looking for alternatives to my usual EB ones at around £30 a packet.

£13.60 for the .130s I like they look worth a try, if they are ok I'll bulk buy a few sets.

Anyone tried them or got any other suggestions? (not Rotos, I can't stand them!).

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I like the stainless steel red labels (they also do nickels). They are kind of rough, which doesn't seem to bother me, but when I then switch to my usual DR Fat Beams my fingers smile at me ;)

They're my go-to string when I want a cheap set that still feels and sounds good, for example on a new bass that I'm not sure yet I want to keep. They're pretty bright to start with, as most steels, but they soon settle into 'the zone' and last a while. I always have a couple of sets in my gigbag for emergencies too.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:09 AM

View PostSkybone, on 19 March 2017 - 10:44 PM, said:

I use Warwick Red Label Stainless Steels for a while. They were good, lasted well, but for a 34" scale set of strings, the taper on the lower strings started before the nut.

I started using Fender 7350M Stainless when they were cheaper than the Red Labels. IIRC, the last set(s) I bought were something like £13 each. They sound good, last well and I think they're serious value for money.

I have used more expensive strings in the past Ernie Ball, Roto's, Elites, the Fender's are at least as good as. You may notice some difference if you're used to some of the higher end brands, but I think that the Fender's are pretty good.


The Fender 7350M strings are nicer than the Red Labels, I agree. They are much smoother to the touch and again the overly bright sound (like all steels, to me) dies away soon and they sound great afterwards. I keep alternating between preferring Red labels or 7350 as by 'value for money' strings. When a set of DR Fat Beams cost between £35-40, these other strings become very attractive, although my main 2-3 basses still get the DRs.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:02 PM

Spoilt for choice now then! I'll get a set of each and see which I prefer, they all feel rough compared to my double bass strings anyway :D

Edited by stingrayPete1977, 20 March 2017 - 01:02 PM.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:34 PM

been gigging the 4 string version of these, so far no complaints, still zingy after 4 gigs and 4 rehersals, don't let the label put you off
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 02:44 PM

I've just sniped a set of Ernie ball .130s on eBay for 16! The seller just drip feeds them onto there, probably stolen! :)


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 02:53 PM

View Post6feet7, on 19 March 2017 - 05:07 PM, said:

I had DR Sunbeams on my Warwick Starbass V (in the for sale section at the moment :) but wasn't getting the sound I wanted, so put some red labels on. It took a few days for the feel to 'feel right' but I can see no reason to go back to £30 - £50 strings as the Warwicks sound brilliant

The StarBass supposedly comes with Red Labels and the strings fitted to mine when I bought it were great. I tried Black Label, but didn't notice and significant improvement, so I went back to the Reds. One thing to note if you are looking at 5 string sets is that the low B is tapered, but the taper ends 50mm from the ball-end so it might not sit on the saddle (which is what you want ideally).

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 03:07 PM

Two of my basses are strung thru so I could try the red label on those then BRX?
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:15 PM

View PoststingrayPete1977, on 20 March 2017 - 03:07 PM, said:

Two of my basses are strung thru so I could try the red label on those then BRX?

Depends which part of the string you like on the saddle. I like the thinner part, as I it gives me a better feeling low B. However on the StarBass the taper seems to be solely for getting the ball-end to fit in the Warwick tailpiece. On my Gus it sits nicely with the full thickness of the string starting just after it has passed over the saddle.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:17 PM

I've never given it much thought tbh,as long as they fit they should be ok.
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:34 PM

Fender 7350's on eBay: http://www.ebay.co.u...Dm16mh5FAGmJNPw £13.65 a set.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:38 PM

View PostSkybone, on 20 March 2017 - 09:34 PM, said:

Fender 7350's on eBay: http://www.ebay.co.u...Dm16mh5FAGmJNPw £13.65 a set.

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