Note: These strings are specially designed specifically to fit the NS Design Basses (NXT, CR, EU and WAV4 models). They are too short to fit a regular upright bass, and may not have the right dimensions to fit other electric upright basses. Contact us if you would like to verify dimensions of these strings vs. your bass before ordering for a different EUB.
The NS Electric line was developed as a joint effort between Ned Steinberger and D'Addario Strings. Because volume is unlimited for electric instruments, NS Electric line focuses on tone and expressive nuance rather than acoustic power. It brings out the richest tone from any electric instrument, and work well for acoustic instruments when subtlety of expression is paramount.
NS Strings are mostly made with stranded steel cores wrapped with aluminum, brass, tungsten, nickel, and stainless steel. The line is designed for use with electric upright basses using NS Standard Double Bass string length.
The Traditional Double Bass set is constructed and tensioned similarly to acoustic bass strings, for a warm tone, feel, and great bowed response. They are essentially similar to the Helicore upright bass strings, but sized for the NS EUB's. The strings also have been confirmed (by a customer) to fit the Warwick Triumph Electric Upright Bass.
All NS Double Bass strings are designed to fit NS Double Basses and NSDB-Standard instruments : 46.5" wound length, 54" overall string length.
Strings are sold as sets; D'Addario sells the strings in 4-string sets, with high C and low B strings to complete sets for extended-range instruments.
Also note that the NS Design CR, NXT and WAV4 basses are designed to accommodate full (3/4) size upright bass strings, using the wrap-around bottom surface and keyhole string anchor slots on the back of the instrument - so if none of these stock strings are your cup of tea, you're not married to them; you can consider other options from our regular string selection!
Oddly enough, the Contemporary and Traditional string sets BOTH have Gold/Blue/Gold silks at the ball end (with gold stripes over the blue), and both have the multi-colored D'Addario silks in the pegbox to indicate each string position (the ones in my photo to the right are both "G" strings, which are red at the pegbox end.)
How can you tell the difference between the two sets?
Here's how: the difference (aside from string diameter - the Contemporary strings are a light gauge) is in the ball end - the Contemporary strings have a smaller, electric-bass-style ball end with a hole in the middle, while the Traditionals have the same ball end used on Helicore upright bass string sets, which is a solid cylinder (no hole).
You can click the graphic to the right for a larger version.
"Traditional" Set String Gauges:
- E: 0.111
- A: 0.080
- D: 0.057
- G: 0.050
- High C: 0.033
- Low B: 0.140
We are sorry to hear of your experience. If you experience a problem with your strings (or string set), you may contact us (D'Addario) to see whether a manufacturing mishap is the cause. If you wish to return the string(s), visit http://www.daddario.com/ra. Please return the string or set in question in its original packaging (including corrosion intercept bag if possible). This will help us determine if a defect or other malfunction has occurred. Upon receipt and evaluation, if a manufacturing defect is revealed, we will quickly send you a replacement.
NOTE: Though it may not be the case in your situation, please keep in mind that premature string breakage is often caused by burrs or rough edges that develop at the nut or bridge/saddle. These rough edges are often difficult to see, but can be ruthless on strings. If your string continuously breaks at the nut or bridge, please check these points of contact for a nice, smooth surface. If burrs or rough edges are found, contact your local music shop or luthier to perform the necessary minor repair to resolve this common problem.
I recently purchased an NXT4 (passive) that had the Obligato 3/4 Bass strings installed. These strings were superb in sound and feel but needed to be replaced. I took a chance and ordered a set of NS Contemporaries and was not able to get the sound I desired. This was also a quick lesson on how much impact strings can have on an instrument's sound. I researched and was grateful for feedback from Gollihur support who stated the Traditional strings were better suited to what I was wanting to achieve and thus ordered a set. Gollihur support was correct in this recommendation as I am very pleased with the sound, comfort, and cost of the NS Traditional set. I thought the Obligatos were slightly easier on the fingers and thus I will probably order a set in some future time frame but for now, I am very happy with the NS Traditional set on the bass. I do recommend the Hip Shot tuners as the original tuner's smaller threading hole/slot contributed the the early demise of the Obligato's. NOTE: This is not to imply that the original tuners were/are defective in design but simply stating if you use fatter strings, you need a tuner capable of properly threading the larger gauges.
I want to thank you for all the advice I’ve received (for my NS Design bass). The NS Traditional strings sound so good. Thanks for the expert advice and great customer service!
I recently purchased a 2004 Warwick Triumph Electric Upright Bass. New strings were needed. Not wanting to make a purchase for Warwick strings from a supplier in Europe, I contacted Gollihur Music. With their help, I purchased the NS traditional medium electric upright string set. The order arrived quickly, and the strings went on flawlessly. Thanks to the folks at Gollihur Music!