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Best strings for metal?

linkinpark232
Posts: 1584
I mainly play thrash, speed, industrial, and hair metal. Well, my strings are too bright. Especially for Marilyn Manson!!!! I need a way darker tone. Any suggestions? I play a 4 string but I need to be able to go down to B without it getting so loose I can't play it. So a new wound? And a new gauge?
Assuming your strings are gauged 45-105 (standard/normal size) and the type of bass you are using (thunderbird)… there should be no reason why you can't get that low growl out of it. This may not be a string issue at all, this indeed very well may be a set up issue. What are your EQ settings (should be in a “ V ” pattern or close to that resemblance) What type of amp/cab do you have? If your strings are gauged (45-ninty-eight) for example .. then this will create the bright tone you do not want….. So…to help me better help you…. I need to know what gauge of strings you are using … what kind of amp/cab setup you're running and your EQ settings …and what settings you normally run both pot levels (low, medium, high) and volume output on your bass if it does have one … thanks
Oops I realized that my eq the wrong way. I use a Fender Rumble 100 and the treble and high mid were up all the way with the bass and low mid up only 3/4 the way. I was wondering why my Manson wasn't sounding as brutal…. And I use 45-110. I'm probably gonna try 45-115 just for the heck of it
LOL .. I know all about that Fender Rumble 100 and that amp/cab combo can throw some deep bass and rattle the walls! For your style of music, I would make sure the Horn is turned off at the back of the cab and even the mid's out or have them slightly adjusted below zero… and yea, I think it's a good idea to try a thicker set of strings … I'm glad it was only an EQ issue and nothing more ….
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LOL .. I know all about that Fender Rumble 100 and that amp/cab combo can throw some deep bass and rattle the walls! For your style of music, I would make sure the Horn is turned off at the back of the cab and even the mid's out or have them slightly adjusted below zero… and yea, I think it's a good idea to try a thicker set of strings … I'm glad it was only an EQ issue and nothing more ….

I know. My sister gets real pissed at me when the bass and treble is barely up and when the volume is barely turned. Hahahaha I shook my friends whole house
And there isn't a switch for the horn. I think you're thinking of the 150
Yep… I had the fender rumble 150 .. I thought yours as well had a horn equipped too .. Iduno .. maybe that is the difference maker between the 100 and 150 .. sounds like your sister needs to invest in a pair of headphones or good set of earplugs … that will take care of her ailment …lol
Lol! She watches tv upstairs when she can watch it in the living room. She's causing the problem. Hahahaa
DANNYBASSMAN93 [top submitter]
Posts: 510
Bro have you considered La bella strings (supersteppers) go to teir page the strings sound perfect for when you drop Eb D or Drop C or Even Drop B I highly recommend them bro hope it helps
I used EB Power Slinky's once one a 4 string. Nice and thick and i was able to drop to B and it was still playable. Also, those La Bella Strings that Dannybassman suggested are fantastic as well.
Sidsquishus
Posts: 1499
Hey linkinpark232,
You need to keep in mind what string diameter (e.g. .105) your bass's nut will accommodate. If the slot in the nut is narrower than the string is thick, the string won't fit. To get it to fit, you will have to file the slot wider, which is an irreversible alteration and easily screwed up. Once you have altered the nut slots, assuming you haven't ruined the nut, you are committed to that size string. If you decide you want a thinner string and thus need a narrower slot, you will need to have the nut replaced.

You should measure the widths of the slots on your bass's nut using a caliper (not eye-balling it with a ruler) before you buy big strings so you can make sure they will fit.

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