Belcanto Upright Bass Strings

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Includes our exclusive Gollihur Music tipsheet to get the most out of your purchaseThomastik has been making these "rope core" (a style of winding, not what they're made of!) strings for a couple of years, and I must say that we're pretty high on them right now - they’re on Bob's Kay, and he's really loving them for both pizz and arco. They’ve been designed for bowed work, but they have a very musical, warm pizz sound with a very sweet sustain. Their bowed feel and quick response is wonderful. They are also available in a solo gauge string, which we have on a separate page.

String details from the manufacturer, Thomastik Infeld:

  • Core: specially twisted steel rope core; settles in quickly, intonates extremely well; exceptional tuning stability
  • Tone: dark and warm with excellent resonance; wide range of tone colors; easy to blend; pizzicato is open and free
  • Sound: outstanding projection with moderate effort; sustains better than most other arco (bowing) string brands
  • Playbility: quick response to the bow; soft under your fingers; fantanstic hybrid capability
  • Belcantos are for 3/4 size (and possibly some 7/8 or 4/4 depending on scale length) basses, with a scale length up to 110cm (43.3 inches). They have a steel rope core and are chromium wound.

  • G=28.25kg/62.2 lbs
  • D=27.75kg/63.3 lbs
  • A=29.25kg/64.4 lbs
  • E=28.75kg/63.3 lbs
  • Set=115kg/253.20 lbs.
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2 Reviews

  • 5

    Dream to Bow, and worth trying for Jazz

    Posted by Billy Satterwhite on Nov 19th 2023

    Most folks know these are a dream to bow. The E string can feel weak to some depending on their bass. However, on some basses they sound great for jazz too. Especially the G and D string. The only downside is the age and decay much much faster than spiros.

  • 5


    Posted by Taylor Arbogast on Oct 6th 2021

    I really enjoy the Belcanto strings by Thomastik. I mainly play pizzacato, some arco and I find them to have a wonderful dark/warm sound on all 4 strings. I've tried gut, faux gut. all the way to Spirocore on my carved bass and I believe I've finally found the right strings for this bass. Thomastik makes many great strings but the Belcantos are truly the "Holy Grail" in my opinion.

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