Which SIZE of Bass Strings can we help you find?
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You may want to talk to your teacher or ask a friend which brand or type of string they recommend, but read on for answers to commonly asked questions!
How Can I Choose the Right Strings?
For more specific information, visit our blog post on Choosing the Right Strings.
1. Make sure the SIZE of string that you are considering for purchase matches the size of your bass (check the labels). Most "full-size" basses are actually 3/4.
2. If you're not sure about THICKNESS or GAUGE, go with the Medium (sometimes called Mittel). If it's not labeled at all, it's probably a Medium. The pictures on the products may not specify, so read the product description.
3. Pay attention to words like ORCHESTRA and SOLO when you're considering string options. 90% of the time, you need orchestra tuning, but if your teacher recommends solo tuning, you'll need to get a whole new set of strings, because the tuning is a whole-step higher!
4. If you have a FIVE or SIX STRING bass, the strings go in this order: G, D, A, E, Low C, and Low B. If you have an string EXTENSION, you will probably use the C Extension. (Solo tuning usually goes A, E, B (sometimes called H), F# and Low C with an F# extension string where applicable.
5. Want to know which BRAND to start with? Find out what's on your instrument already and go with that. Or start with a set of D'Addario Helicore. You can experiment from there.
6. Not sure whether to get the CHROMESTEEL, SILVER, GOLD, or ALLUMINUM? Check the price, and go from there. You may also have skin sensitivity issues (like with earrings), so take that into consideration. Most people aren't too picky. Gold wrapping generally wears out faster, but you can also get a special kind of sound. Bottom line, start with what you can afford, and then when you can, experiment to your hearts content.
7. Maybe you're trying to decide between STEEL, SYNTHETIC or GUT cores? Gut is generally a specialty string, preferred by some professionals for specific repertoire, but fairly temperamental if you're inexperienced at tuning. Synthetic is probably the most typical for an intermediate to advanced student who needs a little more range. Steel core is typically used for E strings and smaller instruments for beginners.