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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.

  • 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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  • Helicore "Hybrid" Strings

    Helicore "Hybrid" Strings

    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 Helicore Hybrid are a...

    $30.25 - $180.00
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  • Helicore "Orchestral" Strings

    Helicore "Orchestral" Strings

    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...

    $30.25 - $180.00
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  • Helicore "Pizzicato" Strings

    Helicore "Pizzicato" Strings

    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. D'Addario makes Helicore...

    $30.25 - $138.50
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  • Helicore SOLO GAUGE "Orchestral" Strings

    Helicore SOLO GAUGE "Orchestral" Strings

    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...

    $30.25 - $133.00
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  • Heritage Upright Bass Strings

    Orchestral/Jazz Perlon Bass Strings The Kolstein Heritage strings were designed by Kolstein Music, Inc. -- a well-known shop in New York with a long-standing reputation for excellence. As is typical of a synthetic core string, they have a more flexible...

    $44.17 - $159.00
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  • Jargar Handmade Upright Bass Strings

    Jargar has been making strings for orchestral instruments by hand in Copenhagen, Denmark, since 1956. These strings share their general construction (steel rope core) with Corelli 370's, but they have a very different vibe, thanks to some additional...

    $32.25 - $213.00
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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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  • Kaplan Orchestral SOLO Gauge Upright Bass Strings

    Kaplan Orchestral SOLO Gauge Upright Bass Strings

    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...

    $41.00 - $218.50
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  • Kaplan Orchestral Upright Bass Strings

    Kaplan Orchestral Upright Bass Strings

    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...

    $41.00 - $218.50
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  • Natural Gut Upright Bass Strings

    For many years, we have been happy to offer a quality set of gut strings that we can sell at a great price. The soft feel and organic sweetness of guts is both surprising and satisfying to the uninitiated. It seems that the manufacturing techinques for...

    $74.80 - $434.00
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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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