Post Number: 1
|Posted on Saturday, November 07, 2009 - 6:01 pm: |
I'm a retired person who took up the ecectric bass about 6 years ago. I purchased my Alembic from someone who was selling it on E-bay. I actually went to the seller's house in Encino, Ca. as he lived within 30 miles from my place. I was told that the bass was an 83 Spoiler.
I play with a senior group where we perform for mostly other seniors. However, I also play with a combo group where we play out of the fake books and Abersold books.
I would appreciate it if anyone can give me advice as to what make and type of bass strings would be best for playing on a 83 Spoiler and give me a good "walking bass" sound.
Post Number: 1431
|Posted on Sunday, November 08, 2009 - 6:00 am: |
If you are not looking for a lot of brightness or planning on do any slapping you might want to use a try a flat wound string. Two popular flat wound brands around here are D'Addario Chromes and Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Flats. If you would like something in between you could consider a ground round wound such as the GHS Brite Flats.
Someone else will chime in on the length but I would suggest long scale strings even if yours is a 32" (medium) scale neck. Alembics require a longer string due to the additional length added by the tail piece.
(Message edited by keith_h on November 08, 2009)
Post Number: 331
|Posted on Sunday, November 08, 2009 - 7:28 am: |
Welcome to the club.
Keith pretty much hit it on the head with string choices.
Looks like there are tape wound strings on your gourgeous looking Spoiler in the picture - are those not 'warm' enough?
Post Number: 8942
|Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 6:09 pm: |
Hi Joe, welcome to the board and congrats on the Spoiler! Very nice looking top! I agree that Keith's made some good suggestions as a starting point on strings.
Your bass appears to have been repaired around the quarter inch jack. Someone probably stepped on a cable while it was still plugged in and cracked the top around the jack. It appears to be a nice looking repair though. I used to have a Koa topped Spoiler that was very comfortable to play and had a very nice tone; they're great basses!
Post Number: 2488
|Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 1:34 am: |
Nice bass Joe. Welcome to the club from Scotland. I have LaBella deep talkin flats on my Kelly dragonfly and it almost sounds like an upright. Pauld, those strings could be DR black beauty roundwounds - I have DR coloured strings on all my Alembic basses and love them for their brightness ;-)
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Friday, November 13, 2009 - 7:42 am: |
Hello, and thanks to all who responded to my question.
I am going to take Keith's advice and install Thomastik-infeld Jazz flats.
Pauldo, what good eyes you have. Yes the stings on the bass now are a very old set of Rickenbacker "electro" flat wound.
I didn't like them at first, but getting to like them more. I originally had on a set of Rotosound "Spacers" which were round wound, I believe, and liked them. However, Rotosound no longer makes them because they told me they were too expensive to make. There is a very different feel between round and flat wound strings. It took me awhile to get used to the new feel. Now there must be a reason for Thomastik flat wound strings being so much more expensive than other flat wounds. Well, I'm going to find out if that is true.
Again , thanks for your help.
Post Number: 357
|Posted on Friday, November 13, 2009 - 9:49 am: |
To get a more "uprighty" sound I would try Tapewound Flats (those with black nylon tape winding). I had a Carvin semi-acoustic fretless bass strung with those and it sounded as close to an upright as an eletric bass could get (something like an EUB). That is a try.
I also noticed that soloing the Neck PU gives me a great woody tone very suitable to get an Upright tone on my Rogue (specially with the Q switch on though).