Astrea Double Bass Strings5 Products
D'Addario Double Bass Strings160 Products
Jargar Double Bass Strings21 Products
Pirastro Double Bass Strings194 Products
Superior Bassworks Double Bass Strings6 Products
Thomastik Infeld Double Bass Strings122 Products
As a specialist UK stockist of double bass strings, we have a very comprehensive range of strings for sale from leading manufacturers including; Thomastik, Pirastro, D’Addario and Jargar. All of the strings that we have in stock are listed below by brand. Options are available on the product page for solo, orchestral and 5ths tuning, tension and size. You can also choose between buying specially discounted complete sets of strings or just individual strings on their own.
Our customers benefit from our wide and diverse range of stock. At Bass Bags, we can cater for all types of bass playing styles and all sizes of double bass with strings from 1/10 size upwards. We can also offer next day or free economy delivery on all of the strings that we list.
We can also make up and sell sets of bass strings that are non-standard. For instance, we can make up, upon request, ‘C’ extension sets of most types of string.
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If you’re not sure what to buy, you can use our Double Bass Strings Buyers Guide Or if you can’t find what you’re looking for, use our live chat to talk to our Double Bass specialist or call us on 01332 840391. We’ll be happy to help by giving you recommendations and any advice you may need.
Student Double Bass Strings
|Prelude Double Bass Set of Strings 3/4 Medium||£93.60|
A complete set of four medium tension Prelude double bass strings, to fit a 3/4 size double bass.
|Astrea Double Bass Strings Set||£99.00|
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A complete set of four Astrea double bass strings, medium tension, a plain steel E and a chrome wound A,D & G. To fit 3/4 and 4/4 size double basses.
Orchestral Double Bass Strings
|Honey Double Bass Set of Strings 3/4 Medium||£139.00|
Honey strings are often compared to wound gut strings, tonally – with a decidedly “stiffer” feel.
|Braided Double Bass Set of Strings 3/4 Medium||£145.00|
Braided strings have a nylon core wound in chrome tape. Making an affordable, orchestral gauge string that works well under the bow – but also has less “brashness” than steel strings for playing with your fingers.
|Helicore Orchestral Double Bass Set of Strings 3/4 Medium||£153.18|
A complete set of four medium tension Helicore Orchestral double bass strings, to fit 3/4 size double basses.
|Precision Double Bass 4/4 Set of Strings||£148.80|
Thomastik Precision double bass strings are very durable, have a long lifespan and present a great budget solution for players across the board.
|Jargar Double Bass Set of Strings Medium||£123.60|
A complete set of four medium tension Jargar double bass strings to fit 3/4 size double basses.
|Chromcor Double Bass 3/4 Set of Strings||£168.00|
Bright sounding bass strings with a quick bow response and excellent tuning stability and a short playing in period. Available in 3/4 and 1/4 sizes.
Orchestral double bass strings are best suited to Arco (with the bow) playing. If you are playing only Arco or a mixture of Arco and Pizz (plucking) with arco playing most of the time, we would recommend orchestral strings.
For orchestral double bass strings, we would recommend Helicore Orchestral strings out of the options above. For premium orchestral strings see the section below. Helicore Orchestral bass strings come in all sizes from 3/4 to 1/10 scale; they are a significant upgrade from Prelude strings. They work exceptionally well for the majority of double basses.
Premium Orchestral Double Bass Strings
|Kaplan Double Bass Set of Strings 3/4 Medium||£208.99|
A complete set of medium tension Kaplan double strings, to fit 3/4 size double basses.
|Flat Chromesteel Double Bass Set of Strings||£228.00|
Pirastro Flat Chromesteel double bass strings are a rope core medium tension string that is suited to arco and solo bass playing. Their sound is brilliant and clear and they have a quick response under the bow.
|Flexocor Double Bass 3/4 Set of Strings||£210.00|
A complete set of four, medium tension, orchestral tuning, Flexocor double bass strings for 3/4 size double basses.
|Passione Double Bass Set of Strings||£216.00|
Pirastro Passione double bass strings have great projection with a big tone and powerful volume, these strings are especially suited for arco playing. Their response is instantaneous and very flexible, with a clear distinction between the notes in fast passages.
|Obligato Double Bass 3/4 Set of Strings||£199.00|
A complete set of four, medium tension, orchestral tuning, Pirastro Obligato double bass strings for 3/4 size double bass.
|Original Flexocor Double Bass Set of Strings||£253.45|
Pirastro Original Flexocor double bass strings are medium tension, orchestral tuning strings for 3/4 size basses. They have a brilliant sound, short sustain and a quick response.
|Permanent Double Bass Set of Strings||£211.20|
A complete set of four, medium tension, orchestra tuning, Pirastro Permanent double bass strings.
|Dominant Double Bass Set of Strings||£234.00|
Thomastik Dominant double bass strings provide the tonal warmth and the feel of a gut string whilst not being affected by changes in humidity.
|Flexocor Deluxe Double Bass Set of Strings||£228.00|
Pirastro Flexocor Deluxe double bass strings have a great wealth of tonal colours whether it be a brilliant and bright or a dark and big sound.
|Original Flat Chrome Double Bass Set of Strings||£282.00|
Pirastro Original Flat Chrome double bass strings are especially suited to arco playing producing a very brilliant sound with a short sustain.
|Belcanto Double Bass Strings Set||£240.00|
A complete set of four orchestral tuning, medium tension, Belcanto double bass strings for 3/4 size double basses.
Hybrid Double Bass Strings
|Polychrome Double Bass Set of Strings 3/4 Medium||£160.00|
Polychrome double bass strings have a warm pizz tone, now far more bow-friendly due to their new chromesteel outer winding.
|Zyex Double Bass Set of Strings 3/4 Medium||£191.81|
A complete set of medium tension Zyex double bass strings to fit a 3/4 size double bass
|Helicore Hybrid Medium Double Bass Strings Set 3/4 Size||£153.18|
A complete set of Helicore Hybrid Medium tension double bass strings, to fit 3/4 size double basses. These medium tension strings suit most double basses.
|Oliv Double Bass Set of Strings||£531.24|
Pirastro Oliv double bass strings are finely wound and polished, handmade gut strings, suitable for arco and pizzicato. They have a dark and powerful sound.
|SuperFlexible Double Bass 3/4 Set of Strings||£151.20|
A complete set of four orchestral tuning, medium tension, Superflexible double bass strings to fit 3/4 double basses.
|Evah Pirazzi Double Bass Set of Strings||£214.00|
A complete set of medium tension Pirastro Evah Pirazzi double bass strings to fit 4/4 & 3/4 double basses.
Double Bass Strings for Jazz
|Helicore Pizzicato Double Bass Set of Strings 3/4 Medium||£153.18|
A complete set of four medium tension Helicore Pizzicato double bass strings, to fit 3/4 size double basses.
|Chorda - Gut Double Bass Set of Strings||£531.00|
Pirastro Chorda double bass strings are recommended for Baroque bass players and especially suited for pizzicato playing. The G and D strings are just plain gut with the A and E strings being silver wound.
|Eudoxa Gut Double Bass Set of Strings||£594.00|
Eudoxa double bass strings are handmade with a gut core, then wound with silver and finely polished. Euxoda Bass make great pizzicato strings for jazz with a brilliant tone and a long sustain.
|Spirocore Double Bass 3/4 Set of Strings||£199.00|
A complete set of four medium tension Thomastik Spirocore double bass strings to fit 3/4 size double basses.
|Jazzer Double Bass Set of Strings||£207.00|
Pirastro Jazzer double bass strings are a modern jazz string, which can also be bowed. The Jazzers have a very quick response and a bright, powerful sound with a long sustain.
Double Bass Strings for Rockabilly
|Superior Bassworks Deluxe Double Bass Strings Red||£57.95|
The Superior Bassworks Deluxe double bass strings are the perfect strings for Rockabilly, Bluegrass, Psychobilly, Country/Western, and more!
|Superior Bassworks Standard Double Bass Strings Gut Colour||£43.16|
Superior Bassworks Standard gut colour double bass strings are perfect for Rockabilly and Slap bass playing.
|Superior Bassworks Standard Double Bass Strings Red||£43.16|
Superior Bassworks Standard red colour double bass strings are perfect for Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Bluegrass and Slap bass playing.
|Superior Bassworks Standard Double Bass Strings Black||£43.16|
Superior Bassworks Standard black colour double bass strings are perfect for Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Bluegrass and Slap bass playing.
|Superior Bassworks GripMax Double Bass Strings Gut Colour||£54.95|
Superior Bassworks GripMax double bass strings are the perfect strings for Rockabilly, Bluegrass, Psychobilly, Country/Western, and more.
|Superior Bassworks Deluxe Double Bass Strings Gut Colour||£57.95|
Superior Bassworks Deluxe double bass strings are the perfect strings for Rockabilly, Bluegrass, Psychobilly, Country/Western, and more!
|Rock A Billy Red Double Bass Set of Strings 3/4 Medium||£139.99|
Rock-a-billy Red strings with bold red windings, they have a gutsy, slap-friendly tone that really works in some of the more “brash” music styles.
|Rock A Billy Double Bass Set of Strings 3/4 Medium||£139.99|
Rock-a-billy strings are distinctive with their black flatwound outer winding, the original slap bass string from Innovation.
|Super Silver Double Bass Set of Strings 3/4 Medium||£139.00|
Super Silver strings are often used for Bluegrass, since they can be a synthetic alternative to true gut strings.
|Evah Pirazzi Slap Double Bass Set of Strings||£227.99|
Designed for Rockabilly and Slap bass players. The set of strings is plain gut G and D strings and synthetic chrome wound A and E strings. They project very well and have a dark, rich tone making them ideal for slap and some styles of pizzicato playing.
String Sets vs Individual Strings
Buying a set of strings has many advantages, most noticeably the lower cost compared to the individual strings and the fact that the strings are designed to be used together. This means that they will produce an even tone and response across the whole range of the instrument. They will also give you a consistent feel when playing the instrument. If a string breaks, even replacing it with an identical brand new string, it will not sound the same as the old string as the string properties change as they age. If well cared for and used properly then string breaks are a rare occurrence. Some players may choose to mix different types, brands or construction of strings to further refine the sound of their instrument, however this is not something we would particularly recommend unless you are sure of your requirements.
While a professional player may choose to change the strings on their instrument every 1-2 years to maintain a particular sound, for a student or amateur player there is no reason why a set of strings should not last longer. The main reason for changing strings is damage to the winding of the string or poor sound quality. The winding of the string most often becomes damaged over the bridge or at the fingerboard top nut and is clearly visible. The coloured silks at each end of the string are for identification purposes only and if they unwind then this does not affect the sound of the string but it may look untidy.
Glossary of Terms Related to Double Bass Strings
Arco: Played with the bow.
C Extension: The C extension string, also referred to as an extension E string, is designed for use with a 4 string double bass fitted with a C extension. This is an extra section of fingerboard mounted in front of the machine heads up to the top of the scroll. As such the C extension string is a longer string designed to fit the additional length of the extra fingerboard.
Construction of the string: Double bass strings are made with a length of core material which is then over-wound with another material, usually a flat metal wire.
Core material: Originally all strings were made of pure gut, though gut strings have poor tuning stability and the diameter needed to make the lower strings meant they were almost un-playable. The development of metal wound strings meant that the string diameter could be reduced improving the playablility of strings. The core material for most common double bass strings will be either gut, nylon (synthetic) or steel wire.
- Gut Expensive, Poor tuning stability, Classical/Baroque sound, Better for “Slap Sound”
- Nylon Inexpensive, Good tuning stability, much cheaper replacement for gut core
- Steel Mid-Cost, Good tuning stability, Modern playing style, Better arco volume
The core material is generally a solid piece of material, some strings may use a multistrand material to make the string more flexible which generally suits the jazz playing style.
Hybrid: Is a term used to describe strings which are designed to be a compromise between the extremes of orchestral strings (arco) and pizzicato strings. They are a bit less bow-able than orchestral strings, but have more sustain when playing pizzicato. This makes them an all round performer for players who want to play a bit of everything!
Low B or B5 String: Designed for use on a five string double bass the Low B or B5 string is the extra 5th string which is tuned to the B below the E4 string on a standard 4 string bass.
Orchestra Tuning: The standard E, A, D, G tuning for double bass strings.
Pizzicato: Played by plucking the strings
Scale Length or Size: The scale length refers to the size of instrument that the strings are made for. It is important that you match the string size to your instrument size. The string length, string mass and string tension are all related by physics, if the string length is not correct then the string tension will not be correct either. This will lead to a poor playing experience, difficulty tuning the instrument or the worst case scenario: strings snapping due to over tension.
Solo Tuning: Many sets of string will be available in a solo tuning variation. This raises the pitch of the strings to F#, B, E, A. It is used by players performing double bass solo works and enables you to play high notes in a more accessible position on the double bass fingerboard.
Tension or Gauge: Many strings are available in Low, Medium or High tension variations. This is a guide only as the string tension will vary depending on the construction materials used and between brands and string manufacturers. If you are a beginner or have never thought about string tension then medium tension will be the right choice. A high tension string will offer higher volume levels but will be more difficult to stop on the fingerboard. Conversely a low tension string will be softer in tone but easier to stop on the fingerboard. Some manufacturers use other terms for string gauge or tension as shown here:
Low: Weak / Weich / Soft / Dolce
Medium: Mittel / Regular
High: Heavy / Stark / Forte
Tuning in 5ths: Some players prefer to tune their bass in 5ths as it offers a wider range of pitch from a standard 4 string bass. The bass strings are tuned to the same notes as a cello (Low C, G, D, A High) but an octave lower. It gives a low C without the need for an extension or fifth string and is also popular with Jazz performers as the major tenth is easier to play. This requires a set of strings specifically produced to be tuned in 5ths.
Winding material: The winding material is used to add mass to the string, this slows down the vibration to produce lower pitch notes. Most strings are wound with a metal tape made from steel, chrome steel (or other steel alloy), nickel or silver. The winding material used can affect the diameter of the string. The cost of the string is affected by the metal used with nickel or steel being the cheapest and silver or exotic steel alloys being more expensive.
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