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Username: markrc1964

Post Number: 5
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 9:20 am:   Edit Post

Hello y'all, Alembic 6-string. I'm too old to do the try and see thing, so come on and tell me...Alembic
What make of strings???
Regards Mark England, Liverpool
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2491
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 9:43 am:   Edit Post

6 string bass or 6 string guitar?

Bill, the guitar one
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5192
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 3:44 pm:   Edit Post

Bill; Mark has an open serial number request for an Epic, so I'm guessing his six string reference is to a bass.

Mark; there is no one clear favorite among the members here. Lots and lots of different brands and types have their fans here. If you want, you can click on Search, in the upper right corner of the page, and run a search of different string brands or types; I would imagine you'll find a lot of past threads with helpful information. Personally, my six string Alembic bass has TI Jazz Rounds on it; but that's just me.
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 1656
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 4:02 pm:   Edit Post

Strings can make a significant impact on tone as well as feel and playability. There's definitely no right string for everyone.

What musical style(s) do you play? Bright and twangy or smooth and thumpy? Stiff or flexible? Does fret noise bother you? How often are you willing to change your strings?

We can all tell you what we play, but we can get you a lot closer to the right string for you if you tell us a bit more about your preferences.

Oh, and you ain't that old...
Intermediate Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 188
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 4:56 pm:   Edit Post the people who find that strings are strings it does really depend on what and how how you play.
Rock players who use picks may prefer heavy guage, jazz player want a smooth tone, soul players want that round deep sound and funk players want that in your face sound.
There are so many to choose from but from a base grounding(and this is my opinion only!!!) try Rotosound Swing Bass..used by many of the great bass players in the world so they cannot be bad.
But as BSee many variables!!!!
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Username: hifiguy

Post Number: 103
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 6:45 pm:   Edit Post

Plain ole GHS Boomers sound excellent in my SCSS.
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Username: keith_h

Post Number: 796
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007 - 4:03 am:   Edit Post

I hate to say this but you really do have to try them. I play different brands across most of my basses to fit the style it is used for and the sound of the bass.

Username: markrc1964

Post Number: 9
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Sunday, July 01, 2007 - 3:28 am:   Edit Post

Thank you all for your returns...I'm a new member and thank you all for your help...Ok strngs, I like a 40 gauge for my "G" and I used Elites on my Jazz....I haven't changed the strings yet on my I think this would be a good starting point. I play in a covers band, so I need many different sounds in on enight....regards Mark
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 1665
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, July 01, 2007 - 6:46 am:   Edit Post

It sounds like Elites should work for you on the Alembic as well. The only thing to watch out for is that a new set of steel round wounds will tell the whole world if your technique is lacking. Buy another set and try them on the Orion. If you don't love them, move them to the Jazz and try again.

I play in a bar band doing 90% covers and have really enjoyed a set of D'Addario half-round strings for the last several months. The Alembic has a sweet enough high end response through the electronics that you don't need round wound steel to get a bright tone. Good steel flats or in-between strings (half-rounds or compression wounds) give you a well defined bottom with enough high end for general use. Wouldn't recommend them to someone playing in a Rush or Who tribute band, but they're great for general covers and easy on the fingers.
Username: markrc1964

Post Number: 15
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Sunday, July 01, 2007 - 9:47 am:   Edit Post

hhhhmmmm, half rounds???? makes sence, and my Ampeg 4-10 cab has a horn????? ok, thanks
Username: bassdr

Post Number: 94
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Monday, July 02, 2007 - 6:35 am:   Edit Post

I still really like the Alembic strings- so much so that I haven't tried anything else yet. I have a set of Rotosound Swing Bass 66 that I will put on next time around. I always use them on my Rick 4001 so why not on my Essence. Michael
Senior Member
Username: bsee

Post Number: 1667
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Monday, July 02, 2007 - 7:44 am:   Edit Post

The CX-3 strings Alembic offers are great. They are a compression wound steel set. The "compression winding" involves using slightly flattened wire to wrap the outside of the string so that it has a half-round feel for your hands. I really like the sound of these strings and they shouldn't be as rough on the frets as any of the stainless round strings that I once used.
Username: markrc1964

Post Number: 17
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Monday, July 02, 2007 - 12:10 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks again for your returns....the truth is, my strings are shot, but the Alembic sounds great....I can't wait to her the "piano" sound of new strings will give...I'm already blown away...but Roto Sound....They die far to quick for me, the Elites (with a clean ow and again) held thier piano longer...P.S. I'm poor.
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 551
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Monday, July 02, 2007 - 12:46 pm:   Edit Post

I'm a big fan of R.Cocco strings, I use the heaviest gauge (50-110) Great tone!

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