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STRINGS: String Identification Chart
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String Identification Chart

Compilation ©2015 by Gollihur Music
Friendly note: You may print this information for your own use, but you may not duplicate it on your website.

We've put together this helpful information from varied sources, which include the manufacturers' websites and our own research. We hope it can help you identify what strings might be on your bass.

To use:
  • Simply scroll down the page, looking at the photos on the left.
  • If you see a silked end that appears similar to a string on your bass, stop and then compare the pegbox end description to your string. If it matches, there's a good chance you've narrowed it down.
  • Additional notes in the far right column indicate extra "rings" or features which may indicate a different gauge or other designation.


Tailpiece End Pegbox End
(listed G, D, A, E)
String ID Notes
D'Addario Bowed Strings
String photographs provided by manufacturer
Red, Yellow, Black, Green D'Addario Helicore Orchestra Yellow Ring at Pegbox - LIGHT
Dark Orange Ring at Pegbox - HEAVY
Red, Yellow, Black, Green D'Addario Helicore Pizzicato Yellow Ring at Pegbox - LIGHT
Dark Orange Ring at Pegbox - HEAVY
Red, Yellow, Black, Green D'Addario Helicore Hybrid Yellow Ring at Pegbox - LIGHT
Dark Orange Ring at Pegbox - HEAVY
Red, Yellow, Black, Green D'Addario Helicore Solo
Red, Yellow, Black, Green D'Addario Kaplan Yellow Ring at Pegbox - LIGHT
Dark Orange Ring at Pegbox - HEAVY
Red, Yellow, Black, Green D'Addario Zyex Yellow Ring at Pegbox - LIGHT
Red, Yellow, Black, Green D'Addario Prelude
Pirastro Strings
String illustrations provided by manufacturer
Brown, Red, Black, Green Pirastro Pizzicato
Brown, Red, Black, Green Pirastro Chromcor
Brown Pirastro Jazzer G String
Red Pirastro Jazzer D String
Black Pirastro Jazzer A String
Green Pirastro Jazzer E String
Brown, Red, Black, Green Pirastro Permanent
Brown, Red, Black, Green
(Blue/gray, light green, Yellow, Blue are solo)
Pirastro Passione Green ring on peg = STARK
Brown, Red, Black, Green Pirastro Original Flexocor
Brown, Red, Black, Green
Pirastro Original Flat-Chrome
Brown, Red, Black, Green
(Blue/gray, light green, Yellow, Blue are solo)
Pirastro Obligato
Brown, Red, Black, Green
(Blue/gray, light green, Yellow, Blue are solo)
Pirastro Flexocor Deluxe
Brown, Red, Black, Green
(Blue/gray, light green, Yellow, Blue are solo)
Pirastro Flat-Chromesteel
Brown, Red, Black, Green Pirastro Flexocor Pink ring on peg = LIGHT
Green ring on peg = STARK
Black A string, Green E string Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Slap G and D string are plain gut
Brown, Red, Black, Green
(Blue/gray, light green, Yellow, Blue are solo)
Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Pink ring on peg = LIGHT
Thomastik Strings
String photographs provided by manufacturer
Orange
Yellow = SOLO
Thomastik Belcanto
Red = Mittle/Medium
Lavender = Weich/Light
Green = Stark/Heavy
Yellow = Solo
Thomastik Spirocore
Purple
Yellow = SOLO
Thomastik Dominant
Pale Blue
Yellow = SOLO
Thomastik Superflexible
Black
Yellow = SOLO
Thomastik Prazision



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The Fine Print:

The information contained herein is based on what's in my brain — and/or my observations and opinions from my personal experiences (and those of Bob, before me) — as of this moment today, and is subject to change. I'm sure that a great deal more information and detail could be added — but the intent of these writings is to present easily understood, quick FAQs, to address common questions and improve the reader's general knowledge.

What's written here is by no means any kind of authoritative absolute answer, for I am not the world's greatest authority on bass (not even close), or on much of anything else, for that matter. So, by all means, get a second opinion, and know that all the information provided here is for general informational purposes only. I am not providing professional advice; be aware that, where applicable, any information acted upon is at your own risk.

I simply and sincerely hope the information and opinions here are helpful to you on your quest for knowledge about the bass and related subjects... that's the point!

I welcome email with dissenting and additional viewpoints/information/updates that help improve my personal awareness and these content pages. If you have a question that you think belongs here, please let me know.
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