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Strings for Double Bass

So Many String Choices... What Should You Choose?

We carry an extensive selection of strings for upright basses. We also only have genuine strings; we get all of our strings from factory-authorized sources (despite their protestations on their website, I can assure you that I know that some of our competitors, touting their "lower than anyone" prices, do NOT), and rotate string stock so you don't get "old" strings.

While it's great that we have so many to choose from, which ones will be best for you? There is so much to know about the character, tone, playability, construction, tension... strings for double basses can vary quite widely.

Don't know where to start? We've put together several string guides for various music types; click the link to the right under "Display Only:" to get a few choices for various styles of music, or for your particular application. In the selection below, look for the colored icons (Low B String Available for this string High C String Available for this string Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string SOLO Gauge Strings Available for this string5ths Tuning String Set Available for this string) which indicate extended range strings like Low B, strings for extensions, solo sets and more.

Single Strings Also Available for Purchase Separately
You don't need to buy a whole set to get the one string you need. Order individual strings from almost every set we sell; on the main string page for the strings you want, click the secondary drop menu for a pop-up list of single strings you can add to your cart!

We also have several FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) about strings, including a guide for changing your own strings, in our collection of free resources. And, of course, we're here for you -- you can always email or call us to help you narrow down the choices.

Note: All of our Upright Bass strings are designed for use on 3/4 (and usually also 4/4) sized basses unless otherwise noted.

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Thomastik Belcanto Upright Bass Strings
Thomastik Belcanto Upright Bass Strings
Thomastik's rope core strings were designed to be equally good for both arco and pizz (aka a "hybrid" string). Their bowed response is quite good, with nice tonal variation (based on your technique and approach), and they have a very musical, warm pizz sound with a very sweet sustain. They have a comfortable, flexible feel, and a tone that fits seamlessly into a wide variety of genres.
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this stringLow E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string SOLO Gauge Strings Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $264.99
String Set: Thomastik Dominant Upright Bass Strings
String Set: Thomastik Dominant Upright Bass Strings
Dominants don't get a lot of press, but they have a long-time fan club of dedicated players, due to their dark, gut string-like character. Responsive for a stranded perlon core, they bow very well and deliver a nice and thumpy, short pizzicato sustain.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
$281.99
Thomastik Spirocore Upright Bass Strings
Thomastik Spirocore Upright Bass Strings
The ubiquitous Spirocores; among the first high-quality steel strings made, they're an old favorite for jazz and other pizz styles, and have the (deserved) reputation for exceedingly long life. Big, booming pizz tone, and full-bodied arco (though there are easier strings to bow), set these as a benchmark -- ask most anyone to describe a bass string, they'll probably compare them to Spiros. They're available in almost any variation, from weich (light) gauge, 1/2 size, 5ths tuning, Solo, and more.
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this stringHigh C String Available for this stringLow E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this stringSOLO Gauge Strings Available for this stringWeich (light) Strings Available for this string5ths Tuning String Set Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $219.99
Thomastik SuperFlexible Upright Bass Strings
Thomastik SuperFlexible Upright Bass Strings
Superflexible strings feature a multi-strand steel core with chrome-steel winding, which makes the feel of the strings, well... super-flexible. They have a hybrid sort of appeal, in that they are equally good for bowing and for pizz, and have a "middling" sort of tone and sustain that can be used in a variety of different genres without drawing unwanted attention to themselves for sounding out of place.
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this string High C String Available for this string Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string SOLO Gauge Strings Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $169.99
Velvet Anima Double Bass Strings
Velvet Anima Double Bass Strings
The Anima strings have a thin string profile with very nice articulation and sustain. They therefore fit well into jazz and contemporary styles; but as an added bonus, they also bow well. Featuring Velvet's balanced tension, where each string has the same exact tension at pitch for smooth transition from string to string.
    Extended Strings Available: Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $281.00
Velvet Blue Double Bass Strings
Velvet Blue Double Bass Strings
Velvet's Blue string set is their first which doesn't feature a silk core - it's a synthetic, carefully chosen to lower cost while retaining the Velvet sound and feel. They do a pretty good job of it, too; this string works well as a hybrid, with fast response and nice volume, and clear articulation. It does have a bit more brightness than Velvet's other string sets. Featuring Velvet's balanced tension, where each string has the same exact tension at pitch for smooth transition from string to string.
    Extended Strings Available: Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $165.00
Velvet Garbo Double Bass Strings
Velvet Garbo Double Bass Strings
The Garbos have a thicker overall diameter and a big, dark sound. With tons of punch, they're great for jazz pizz players, as they can often "hold their own" with a drum set! Featuring Velvet's balanced tension, where each string has the same exact tension at pitch for smooth transition from string to string.
    Extended Strings Available: Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $281.00
D'Addario Helicore Orchestra 1/8 and 1/10 Scale Upright Bass Strings
D'Addario Helicore Orchestra 1/8 and 1/10 Scale Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - A step-up student string, this set is designed for the player who primarily plays arco (with a bow). Played pizzicato (plucked), they have a warm and dark fundamental tone with a short sustain and quick decay.
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $127.00
D'Addario Prelude 1/8 scale Upright Bass Strings
D'Addario Prelude 1/8 scale Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - D'Addario's classic Prelude strings, with flexibility and lighter tension - and an affordable price tag - are aimed at students and younger players who value quality strings on a smaller budget. Stranded steel cores provide nice flexibility, and the tone is pretty middle-of-the-road, making them fit fairly well into a variety of genres and styles. Suitable for arco and pizz.
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $79.00
Pirastro Chorda Gut Upright Bass Strings, Chorda Carlos Henriquez Strings
Pirastro Chorda Gut Upright Bass Strings, Chorda Carlos Henriquez Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - Traditional gut strings with plain gut D and G and silver-plated copper wire-wound A and E strings. Great pizz tone, with a very nice feel! The Carlos Henriquez set is a specially-balanced low-tension set with 50s-60s specs - hard to get!
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $592.00
Pirastro Chromcor Upright Bass Strings
Pirastro Chromcor Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - A solid steel core wound with chrome steel gives these strings excellent stability and a bright tone.
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $210.00
Pirastro Flat-Chromesteel Upright Bass Strings
Pirastro Flat-Chromesteel Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - These ropecore strings have a very clear and brilliant sound, making them project more than other strings; a little more precision is required to bow well, but worth the effort, especially for solo material. Also not bad for contemporary pizz!
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $256.00
Pirastro Flexocor Upright Bass Strings
Pirastro Flexocor Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - A popular arco string with a quick response, and a typical warm orchestral sound with a short sustain. Excellent all-around orchestral string.
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $235.00
Pirastro Original Flexocor Upright Bass Strings
Pirastro Original Flexocor Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - This rope-core string is reportedly outstanding for arco, as it can withstand a powerful and heavy bowing arm. It has a brilliant sound with a short sustain, with great projection and "big tone volume."
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $305.00
Pirastro Permanent Upright Bass Strings
Pirastro Permanent Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - These stable, rope-core strings are particularly suited for arco and solo playing.
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $235.00
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