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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.

  • 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...

    $216.14
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  • Eudoxa Gut (Silver Flatwound) Upright Bass Strings

    These strings generate a lot of requests, and I can say that they are popular among jazz players who want a little more brightness and a smoother bowing surface out of their gut strings. A more "traditional" wound gut string would be the Olivs, also from...

    $160.00 - $766.99
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  • Evah Pirazzi Gold/Slap Upright Bass Strings

    Evah Pirazzi Gold/Slap Upright Bass Strings

    Don't be fooled by the "slap" in their name -- this is far from a one-dimensional string set. It's what I would call the first legitimate "three-way hybrid" set. It's equally well-suited for pizz, arco, AND slap. (We've never had a string we could say...

    $50.75 - $319.85
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  • Evah Pirazzi SOLO Gauge Upright Bass Strings

    Evah Pirazzi SOLO Gauge Upright Bass Strings

    The Evah Pirazzi BASS strings created quite a stir and a lot of demand when they were released in 2007. They have a core made from a new synthetic fiber that Pirastro recently developed, wound with a polished chrome steel. Their sound has some similarity...

    $52.14 - $237.88
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  • Evah Pirazzi Upright Bass Strings

    Evah Pirazzi Upright Bass Strings

    The Evah Pirazzi BASS strings created quite a stir and a lot of demand when they were released in 2007. They have a core made from a new synthetic fiber that Pirastro recently developed, wound with a polished chrome steel. Their sound has some similarity...

    $50.13 - $380.22
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  • Flat-Chromesteel Upright Bass Strings

    Flat-Chromesteel Upright Bass Strings

    The core material is a high-tensile rope made from carbon steel, which is subsequently wound with chrome steel. The arco for these strings is very clear, with a brilliant sound and very quick response. Particularly good for solo playing, as they have...

    $256.00
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  • Flexocor Deluxe SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    Flexocor Deluxe SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    The FLEXOCOR DELUXE Bass string is Pirastro's newest version of their Flexocor "rope core" string set. No, it's not made of rope - the carbon steel strands that make up the core of the string are wound in a rope-like pattern. The original Flexocor (still...

    $59.55 - $258.51
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  • Flexocor Deluxe Upright Bass Strings

    Flexocor Deluxe Upright Bass Strings

    The FLEXOCOR DELUXE Bass string is Pirastro's newest version of their Flexocor "rope core" string set. No, it's not made of rope - the carbon steel strands that make up the core of the string are wound in a rope-like pattern. The original Flexocor (still...

    $58.44 - $394.55
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  • Flexocor Upright Bass Strings

    Flexocor Upright Bass Strings

    The core material of this string is a high-tensile rope made from carbon steel which is wound with chrome steel. It is a very good all-around orchestral string, as it has a very familiar and typical warm bowed tone with a quick response and short sustain...

    $235.00
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  • Jazzer MEDIUM Upright Bass Strings

    Jazzer MEDIUM Upright Bass Strings

    The Jazzer ropecore steel strings are recommended by Pirastro for pizzicato players, though they can also be a good hybrid string for players who gig many styles. I've not had the opportunity to play a set in quite a while, so I'll pass on their...

    $49.72 - $408.35
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  • Obligato Fifths Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    Obligato Fifths Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    This set is specifically designed for 5ths (aka "cello") tuning. From bottom to top, the tuning is C-G-D-A. Tuning these strings to standard E-A-D-G pitches will be incredibly difficult to play and probably damage your bass. Standard, and solo-tuning...

    $310.00
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  • Obligato Solo Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    Obligato Solo Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    Pirastro's popular Obligato strings have a solid synthetic core with a very thin metal wrap. They were designed to emulate gut strings, and they did a darn good job of creating such a string. Their attack is "old school" with that more blunt and thicker,...

    $52.35 - $227.84
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  • Obligato Upright Bass Strings

    Obligato Upright Bass Strings

    Pirastro's popular Obligato strings have a solid synthetic core with a very thin metal wrap. They were designed to emulate gut strings, and they did a darn good job of creating such a string. Their attack is "old school" with that more blunt and thicker,...

    $46.95 - $365.67
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  • Original Flexocor Upright Bass Strings

    Original Flexocor Upright Bass Strings

    The core material of this string is a high-tensile "rope" made from carbon steel, which is then wound with chrome steel. It is reportedly an outstanding set for arco, as it can withstand a powerful and heavy bowing arm. It has a brilliant sound with a...

    $314.99
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  • Passione SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    Passione SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    Pirastro released these steel rope-core strings, which are tailor-made for orchestral bow style (arco) players, in 2010. For a metal-based string, they are not "metallic" sounding at all, and have pretty "average" tension and feel. They're not really...

    $57.26 - $251.24
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  • Passione Upright Bass Strings

    Passione Upright Bass Strings

    Pirastro released these steel rope-core strings, which are tailor-made for orchestral bow style (arco) players, in 2010. For a metal-based string, they are not "metallic" sounding at all, and have pretty "average" tension and feel. They're not really...

    $57.26 - $385.06
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  • Permanent Upright Bass Strings

    Permanent Upright Bass Strings

    These stable, rope-core strings are particularly suited for arco and solo playing. They have a clear and well-focused sound, very quick response, with big volume and very good projection. The core material is a high-tensile rope made from carbon steel...

    $235.00
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  • Perpetual SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    Perpetual SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    The major string-makers are always looking for ways to innovate, and Pirastro's newest (July 2019) entry into the fray is the Perpetual String Set. Pirastro says, off the bat, that they are "mainly developed for pizzicato" - which is a relatively rare...

    $46.50 - $221.40
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  • Perpetual Upright Bass Strings

    Perpetual Upright Bass Strings

    The major string-makers are always looking for ways to innovate, and Pirastro's newest (July 2019) entry into the fray is the Perpetual String Set. Pirastro says, off the bat, that they are "mainly developed for pizzicato" - which is a relatively rare...

    $46.50 - $340.20
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