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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.

  • 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...

    $33.50 - $187.00
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  • 7710T WHITE Nylon Tape Wound Upright Bass Strings

    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...

    $33.50 - $187.00
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  • 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...

    $33.50 - $148.00
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  • Belcanto SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    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...

    $56.50 - $292.99
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  • Belcanto Upright Bass Strings

    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...

    $56.50 - $413.99
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  • 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...

    $26.00 - $125.00
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  • 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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  • Corelli 350 1/2 and 1/4 Size Upright Bass Strings

    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...

    $19.00 - $112.00
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  • Corelli 360 SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    Corelli 360 SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    These strings are one of my personal favorites 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 bass string... unlike...

    $19.00 - $112.00
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  • Corelli 370 Upright Bass Strings

    Corelli 370 Upright Bass Strings

    These strings are one of my personal favorites 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 bass string... unlike...

    $19.00 - $189.00
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  • Corelli 380 (Nickel) Upright Bass Strings

    Corelli's 370 strings are among my personal favorites for my own particular double bass needs. Corelli's 380 strings offer an even more affordable alternative, making them a good student string. While similar in design, the 380 strings are a bit...

    $17.50 - $89.00
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  • GHS

    Crossovers String Set for the NS Design Basses

    Note: These strings are specially designed to fit the basses manufactured by NS Design (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...

    $55.00 - $74.00
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  • Dominant SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    Dominant SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    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)...

    $66.50 - $289.99
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  • Dominant Upright Bass Strings

    Dominant Upright Bass Strings

    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)...

    $66.50 - $289.99
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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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  • Fifths Tuning Set for NS Design OmniBass

    There used to be a factory-available set of strings for 5ths tuning on the NS Design OmniBass. When the OmniBass was released (originally under the confusing moniker, "Bass Cello") you could choose to string the Omni as either 4ths (like bass) or 5ths...

    $95.00 - $109.00
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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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