Psychoslaps for psychobilly- (Psycho Slaps) Medium-Low Tension Strings

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Description

Innovation Double Bass Strings have a unique, non-metallic core which provide a gut-like tone without the cost or maintenance of gut upright bass strings. They hold their pitch well in climate and temperature changes, and most of their strings are equally suited for pizzicato (plucking) and arco (bowing).

Innovation Psychobilly Double Bass Strings are designed specifically for Psychobilly players; they're basically similar to the popular SilverSlaps and GoldenSlaps. However, they have a bigger diameter and a little more tension, which is better suited to someone actually playing the psychobilly style; with the higher speed and aggressiveness, a bit more tension is needed. (For "straight rockabilly," the slap is more of a passing accent - and the GoldenSlaps or SilverSlaps might be a better choice.) For a "stiffer" feel -- with a thinner diameter -- at a similar tension, the Rockabilly strings might be a good option.

Includes our exclusive Gollihur Music tipsheet to get the most out of your purchaseThe Psychobillies are thicker-gauged strings with low tension and a clear outer winding, and they have a big fat sound with good sustain. The tone, when used for Psycho-slap, is very aggressive. These are strings that want to be heard! They play similar to the other Innovation (and most other nylon/synthetic wrapped) strings. The outer winding is softer than metal, so they shouldn't be too abrasive on your fingers, and they're easy enough to get a grip on - even with sweaty fingers. They're actually quite useful for "straight pizz" tones as well. Some players have even suggested that - with their easy pizz play and bigger sound - these strings would be nicely suited for jump swing and blues, where getting a decent volume is an issue.

Note: All of the Innovation strings do not contain any ferrous materials; they are not suitable for use with a magnetic pickup, like the Schaller we carry. They will work with all typical piezo-based pickups (like the Realist, Full Circle, and all the K&K pickups and systems).

Innovation designs these 3/4 size bass strings to fit on a standard 3/4 size bass. They may very well fit your bass if it is larger than 3/4. For your reference, the lengths of the string, as measured against the bass tailpiece to the nut is 51.5 inches, plus an additional 17 inches to handle stringing in the headstock.


For a comparison chart of the differences between the different Innovation String models, check out the "comparison" tab.

String Lengths

  • Ball end to nut (Afterlength + Playing Length): 51.5 inches/136cm
  • Afterlength (Ball end to bridge): 5.5 inches/14cm
  • Wound top of string (pegbox): 17 inches/43cm

String Gauges:

G D A E
.105 .115 .126 .148

Innovation Comparison

Differences and comparisons between the Innovation Strings we carry are as follows:

Set Tension Outer Winding Tonal Character
Ultra Black Set Medium/High Black Nylon Tape Clearly-defined attack with more sustain.
Honey (Solid Core) Set Medium/High Chrome Tape Most "gut-like" of their offerings, tonally.
Braided (Stranded Core) Set Medium/High Chrome Tape Dark for pizz, short sustain. Rich tone under the bow.
Polychrome Set Medium Chromesteel Tape Good hybrid string, a modern take on gut-like sound.
Super Silver Set Medium Clear Nylon Wire Pretty close to Traditional gut-like sound and feel.
Rock-a-Billy Set Medium/Low Black Nylon Tape Mix of articulation and gut-like sustain good slap/click
Rock-a-Billy Reds Set Medium/Low Red Nylon Tape Mix of articulation and gut-like sustain, good slap/click
Golden Slap Set Low Clear Nylon Wire
(inner winding has gold color)
Similar to the Super Silver, with less tension. Very slappable, but great for pizz, too.
Silver Slap Set Low Clear Nylon Wire
(inner winding has silver color)
Similar to the Super Silver, with less tension. Very slappable, but great for pizz, too.
Psycho-Billy Set Low with
thicker gauge
Clear Nylon Wire Similar to the Silver Slaps, but thicker diameter for slap (similar tension).
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