Upright Bass Strings

Upright Bass Strings

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 many of their prices are higher than ours, anyway!), 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.

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; choosing single strings you can add to your cart is self-explanatory on each string page - and string singles and sets always ship free to all 50 US States! 

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.

  • LaBella

    7710N BLACK Nylon Tape Wound Upright Bass Strings

    These strings are a favorite of jazz bassist Ron Carter, and are pretty popular for that and other reasons. They are metal rope core strings, surrounded by a black nylon wrap, for a smooth feel. According to LaBella, they were originally designed to...

    Our Price $33.50 - $187.00
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  • LaBella

    7710T WHITE Nylon Tape Wound Upright Bass Strings

    These strings build upon the success of the longtime favorite 7710 Black Tape Wound (now called the 7710N) which were developed with the assistance of Ron Carter and Attila Zoller. For the new White tape 7710T, LaBella worked with Ron Carter and a number...

    Our Price $33.50 - $187.00
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  • LaBella

    7720 Rope Core Upright Bass Strings

    The 7720 strings have been around for quite a while. Although LaBella markets them as orchestral strings, they're actually quite useful for modern jazz, where a deep fundamental, bright tone, and "growl" is something players often gravitate towards...

    Our Price $33.50 - $148.00
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  • LaBella

    7720S Solo/Extra Light Rope Core Upright Bass Strings

    The 7720 strings have been around for quite a while. Although LaBella markets them as orchestral strings, they're actually quite useful for modern jazz, where a deep fundamental, bright tone, and "growl" is something players often gravitate towards...

    Our Price $33.50 - $148.00
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  • Thomastik

    Belcanto SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    Thomastik 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...

    Our Price $56.50 - $292.99
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  • Thomastik

    Belcanto Upright Bass Strings

    Thomastik 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...

    Our Price $56.50 - $413.99
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  • Eurosonic

    Black (Tungsten) Tapewound Upright Bass Strings

    We've carried the white Eurosonic strings for close to 20 years, and they are a favorite for pizzicato styles where a durable string with a gut-like vibe was needed. The white tapewound are particularly well-suited for aggressive bluegrass, rockabilly...

    Our Price $167.00
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  • Innovation by GHS

    Braided Orchestral - (140B) Mid-High Tension Strings

    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 many of their strings are...

    Our Price $49.85 - $298.00
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  • For-Tune

    Charm Orchestral Upright Strings

    These strings are hand-made in Beijing, China, and are surprisingly good for the money. Aimed primarily at Orchestral players, they are similar in feel and vibe to some of the higher-priced arco-specific strings we also carry -- but are priced for the...

    Our Price $26.00 - $125.00
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  • Pirastro

    Chorda Gut Upright Bass Strings, Carlos Henriquez Strings

    IMPORTANT NOTEThis string set is a "special order item," which means that it is normally a non-stock item. This means that, if you purchase these strings, we will need to acquire the set from the manufacturer or a distributor, which may take anywhere...

    Our Price $592.00 - $655.00
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  • Pirastro

    Chromcor Upright Bass Strings

    A solid single filament of high-tensile steel forms the core of this string, making it a bit stiffer, and providing a bright, full-bodied tone. They're wound in chrome steel, and are exceptionally stable, with a quick response. These were the successor...

    Our Price $216.14
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  • Savarez

    Corelli 350 1/2 and 1/4 Size Upright Bass Strings

    These strings (in their 3/4 size incarnation) are my personal favorite for my own particular double bass needs -- but that doesn't mean they are perfect for you. I like them for their versatility and articulate sound. These are not your Daddy's doghouse...

    Our Price $19.00 - $112.00
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