Upright Bass Strings

Upright Bass Strings

Several upright bass string sets from Thomastik, Pirastro, LaBella, Corelli Savarez, and D'AddarioSo 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 protestations on their websites, 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!) We also 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. Check out our String Buyer's Guides for help (Click "Bass Gear Buyer's Guides," just under our logo in the upper left.)

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.

  • On Sale
    Belcanto SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings by Thomastik

    Belcanto SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    Thomastik

    Special Price: $292.99
    Regular Price $345.95
    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...
    FREE SHIPPING:
    To all 50 US States
    PRODUCT OPTIONS:
    Set & Single Strings Available
    Special Price: $292.99
    Regular Price $345.95
  • Spirocore Red Mitchell 5ths Tuning Upright Bass Strings, standard package

    Spirocore Red Mitchell 5ths Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    Thomastik

    Our Low Price: $274.95
    Spiros are an old favorite for jazz and other genres and has been a popular string for many years. They were one of the first decent metal strings to be adopted by strictly gut string players-- in fact, lots and lots of us played G & D guts and A...
    FREE SHIPPING:
    To all 50 US States
    PRODUCT OPTIONS:
    Multiple Sets & Single Strings Available
    Our Low Price: $274.95
  • Helicore SOLO TUNING "Orchestral" Strings, standard package front

    Helicore SOLO TUNING "Orchestral" Strings

    D Addario

    Our Low Price: $150.00
    As you've probably gathered from reading our string descriptions, the selection of string can make a profound difference in response, so D'Addario offers strings in three flavors: Orchestra, Hybrid, and Pizzicato.The Orchestra strings are...
    FREE SHIPPING:
    To all 50 US States
    PRODUCT OPTIONS:
    Set & Single Strings Available
    Our Low Price: $150.00
  • On Sale
    Prelude Medium Upright Bass Strings, standard package front

    Prelude Medium Upright Bass Strings

    D Addario

    Special Price: $75.00
    Regular Price $85.00
    We've had lots of requests for more affordable strings for developing players; the Preludes from D'Addario are just that. Prelude bass strings are multi-stranded steel core strings that are affordable and flexible, making them ideal for students and...
    FREE SHIPPING:
    To all 50 US States
    PRODUCT OPTIONS:
    Multiple Sets & Single Strings Available
    Special Price: $75.00
    Regular Price $85.00
  • NS Electric Contemporary for NS Design Electric Upright Basses NS610

    NS Electric Contemporary for NS Design Electric Upright Basses NSFW610

    D Addario

    Our Low Price: $130.00
    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...
    FREE SHIPPING:
    To all 50 US States
    Our Low Price: $130.00
  • On Sale
    Belcanto/Spirocore "Velvet Blues" Set, mockup of "package"

    Belcanto/Spirocore "Velvet Blues" Set

    Thomastik

    Special Price: $289.00
    Regular Price $304.75
    Velvet Strings was a company that made several well-regarded double bass string sets; the Anima, Garbo, and Blues were their most popular offerings. The Velvet strings were somewhat unusual in their design and materials usage, and over the years they...
    FREE SHIPPING:
    To all 50 US States
    Special Price: $289.00
    Regular Price $304.75
  • Kaplan Orchestral SOLO TUNING Upright Bass Strings, standard package front

    Kaplan Orchestral SOLO TUNING Upright Bass Strings

    D Addario

    Our Low Price: $187.00
    The Kaplan strings are D'Addario's premium entry into the premium orchestral strings market. The Kaplan double bass strings are designed primarily for bowed string players. They were created to provide a rich tone, variable dynamics, and excellent bowing...
    FREE SHIPPING:
    To all 50 US States
    PRODUCT OPTIONS:
    Multiple Sets & Single Strings Available
    Our Low Price: $187.00
  • NS Electric NS710 for Electric Upright OMNI Bass (aka Bass Cello)

    NS Electric NS710 for Electric Upright OMNI Bass (aka Bass Cello)

    D Addario

    Our Low Price: $102.00
    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...
    FREE SHIPPING:
    To all 50 US States
    Our Low Price: $102.00
  • On Sale
    Dominant Upright Bass Strings by Thomastik

    Dominant Upright Bass Strings

    Thomastik

    Special Price: $299.00
    Regular Price $339.95
    Dominants are a long-time favorite of a lot of players due to their gut string-like character with more stable intonation, and less susceptibility to changes due to temperature and humidity. They have a highly flexible, multi-strand Perlon (like nylon)...
    FREE SHIPPING:
    To all 50 US States
    PRODUCT OPTIONS:
    Set & Single Strings Available
    Special Price: $299.00
    Regular Price $339.95
  • On Sale
    Dominant SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings by Thomastik

    Dominant SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    Thomastik

    Special Price: $299.00
    Regular Price $339.95
    Dominants are a long-time favorite of a lot of players due to their gut string-like character with more stable intonation, and less susceptibility to changes due to temperature and humidity. They have a highly flexible, multi-strand Perlon (like nylon)...
    FREE SHIPPING:
    To all 50 US States
    PRODUCT OPTIONS:
    Set & Single Strings Available
    Special Price: $299.00
    Regular Price $339.95
  • On Sale
    NS Electric Contemporary for NS Design Electric Upright Basses NS610

    Takeoff set - OEM NS Electric Contemporary for NS Design Electric Upright Basses NS610

    D Addario

    Special Price: $60.00
    Regular Price $118.00
    Important: These strings are "take-offs" - which means that they are strings that had been installed on a brand new NS Design electric upright bass from the factory. They were removed and replaced by a different string set requested by the customer who...
    FREE SHIPPING:
    To all 50 US States
    Special Price: $60.00
    Regular Price $118.00
  • Super-Sensitive Red Label Upright Bass Strings by D'Addario

    Super-Sensitive Red Label Upright Bass Strings

    D Addario

    Our Low Price: $95.00
    These are the classic student string; a solid core steel string with nickel winding. This is the string that is commonly recommended by Suzuki Method instructors and music teachers, as it is affordable, durable, and consistent. It is quite often found on...
    FREE SHIPPING:
    To all 50 US States
    Our Low Price: $95.00