Monday, 14 May 2007
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I've been experimenting with strings for a while now--the standard dingwall strings, while they play great in terms of balance, are just too bright for my tastes I've settled on Ken Smith Compressors--these are polished nickel roudwounds, so they have a darker sound and smoother feel than stainless standard rounds. If you call Ken Smith directly, they can make sure you get strings that are long enough. The B string JUST clears the nut A standard set won't work--you need to make sure you get a 38 inch B, E, and A string. I'd still try a set of dingwall flats
15 years ago
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Hey, Max-did you ever A-B compare the Smith's to D'Ad Chromes (I never have)? I just spec'ed the Smiths on a hollowbody/piezo custom fanned 32-35 fiver. I went to the local luthier doing the work and tried 'em acoustically and through his Eden wt550/210 xlt setup (before finish work gets started)-they sounded great and full, but I'm not sure how much of this was the strings vs the instrument and/or rig. I think they were lighter gauge than the Chromes (the Chrome xtra long 5 set has a 130. B),which I liked a lot.
15 years ago
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I use the Smith Compressors on all of my fretless basses. They are reasonably bright, but not zingy. Lots of midrange comes through. I still use the Dingwall strings on the Dingwall, however.
14 years ago
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in my humble opinion the smith compressors are very very similar to the ghs pressurewounds, right down to the guages.... i suspect they may be going on my new super j ...
14 years ago
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Here's a clip of my bass with the Smith compressors on it. There's chords and a solo. it's recorded direct [url:2ffy9z2u]http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/magic/leafs.mp4[/url:2ffy9z2u] As I understand it there are only 3 or 4 companies actually making strings. The strings are then branded (as SMith, GHS, DR, Dingwall Fender) and then resold. I assume that you can specifiy what you want in a string, within limits. I would not be surprised to learn that Smith compressors and GHS pressurewound are the same string--but Smith will sell you extra long scale for an afterburner
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very nice sound clip... i'd just be putting them on a Super J, so the long scale pressure wounds should fit okay. regards,
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i tried to get a set of smith compressors for my abII-5 but the longest length made is only 38". from ball end to silk, i need 38.5". the string length info comes right from ken smith. so, unfortunately i won't be stringing up my abII-5 with compressors/pressurewounds or the likes. :cry:
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