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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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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
Super-Sensitive Red Label Upright Bass Strings
Super-Sensitive Red Label Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - A classic low-cost student string. Has a solid core, and is economical and durable. Available in 3/4, 1/2, and 1/4 size.
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $85.00
Super-Sensitive Sensicore Upright Bass Strings
Super-Sensitive Sensicore Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - A Perlon core gives these strings a gut-like vibe and feel. Excellent for pizzicato styles were an "old-timey" sound is preferred; great for old jazz and bluegrass.
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $144.00
Thomastik Precision (aka Pr├Ązision) Upright Bass Strings
Thomastik Precision (aka Pr├Ązision) Upright Bass Strings
SPECIAL ORDER ITEM - An all-around, low-cost, long-life string. Solid core string with steel wrapping makes for a hard/tense feel, and a fairly bright tone.
Special Order Item   Choices starting at $179.00
Strings: 1/2 size strings
Strings: 1/2 size strings
Got a 1/2 size bass? Here's a list of the 1/2 size string sets we offer, in one place, with a short description of each...
Choices starting at $79.00
Strings: Choices for Bluegrass Players
Strings: Choices for Bluegrass Players
Check out this selection of strings often purchased by bluegrass bassists! If you're struggling with what strings to buy, this may help narrow it down...
Choices starting at $89.00
Strings: Bumped String Sets for Rockabilly
Strings: Bumped String Sets for Rockabilly
If Light Gauge strings aren't light enough for your aggressive slapping technique, perhaps a "bumped" string set may be the answer...
Choices starting at $124.00
Strings: Choices for Jazz Players
Strings: Choices for Jazz Players
This collection of string sets was specially selected as a starting point for jazz bassists looking to update their sound with new strings...
Choices starting at $112.00
Strings: Choices for Rockabilly and Psychobilly Slap Bass Players
Strings: Choices for Rockabilly and Psychobilly Slap Bass Players
Looking to set up your bass for Rockabilly? It all starts with the strings, and here are a few you might consider...
Choices starting at $148.00
Strings: SOLO Gauge Strings, Solo Strings
Strings: SOLO Gauge Strings, Solo Strings
Designed to be tuned one whole step higher than standard pitch, these strings are also often tuned normally for a lighter feel. Here are some solo string choices...
Choices starting at $112.00
Strings: Choices for NS Design NXT and WAV4 Basses
Strings: Choices for NS Design NXT and WAV4 Basses
Need new strings for your NS Design WAV4 or NXT Bass? Check out these options! A String Guide by Mark...
Choices starting at $118.00
Strings: Some Choices for Arco (Bowing)
Strings: Some Choices for Arco (Bowing)
Here are some great choices for orchestra and symphony players looking for strings that are particularly well-suited for bowing...
Choices starting at $127.00
Strings: Choices for NS Design CR and EU Model Basses
Strings: Choices for NS Design CR and EU Model Basses
Comparing the "NS Electric" strings from D'Addario, sized to fit CR and EU electric upright basses from NS Design...
Choices starting at $118.00
TurboTune musical instrument string winder
TurboTune musical instrument string winder
This item is made in USA!We've championed the various iterations of this useful tool for almost 20 years now; it's our favorite tool in the shop, coupled with a handheld power screwdriver. It will handle your monster upright bass keys -- but also most any other instrument, including guitars, mandolins, electric basses, and more.
$13.25
String Sets: Strings for Gold Tone Micro Basses
String Sets: Strings for Gold Tone Micro Basses
The Aquila strings for the Gold Tone Micro Basses are made of a proprietary plastic compound; a dense elastic-plastic blend. Flexible, but not floppy -- it's at the heart of what gives these great basses their sound!
Choices starting at $45.00
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Strings for 1/2 and 1/4 size basses
Strings for Electric Upright Bass (EUB)
Strings for 3/4 and 4/4 size Basses
Bass String Buyer's Guides
Special Order String Sets