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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.

  • 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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  • Polychrome Hybrid Medium Tension Strings

    Polychrome Hybrid Medium 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 most of their strings are...

    $49.85 - $199.00
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  • Precision (aka Präzision) Upright Bass Strings

    Precision (aka Präzision) Upright Bass Strings

    These strings are an excellent student string, usable for a wide variety of styles and needs. A solid core string provides a stiff feel, but a long lifespan (and relatively inexpensive cost). Not a sophisticated string, they will provide stable tuning...

    $179.00
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  • Prelude Medium Upright Bass Strings

    Prelude Medium Upright Bass Strings

    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...

    $19.00 - $79.00
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  • Red Label Upright Bass Strings

    These are the classic student string; a solid core steel string with nickel winding. This is the string that is often recommended by Suzuki Method instructors and music teachers, as it is affordable, durable, and consistent. The tonal quality is...

    $85.00
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  • Spirocore SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    Spirocore SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    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...

    $59.00 - $298.24
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  • Spirocore standard package Spirocore Upright Bass Strings

    Spirocore Upright Bass Strings

    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...

    $54.25 - $336.49
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  • Superb RS4000 Double Bass Strings

    These strings have been made for decades; they have a nylon core, which is flatwound with nylon on the G and D strings, and with monel (a nickel alloy) on the A and E strings. The strings have a comfortable soft feel, with a lighter tension than most...

    $30.00 - $159.00
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  • SuperFlexible SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

    SuperFlexible SOLO Tuning Upright Bass Strings

      Thomastik Superflexible Double Bass Double Bass Strings have a braided steel thread core. For most players, the Superflexible are a "smoother" sounding steel, rope core string than the very popular Spirocores. Recently, some rockabilly-slap styled...

    $43.75 - $189.99
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  • SuperFlexible Upright Bass Strings

    SuperFlexible Upright Bass Strings

    Thomastik Superflexible Double Bass Orchestra (Medium) Double Bass Strings have a braided steel thread core. For most players, the Superflexible are a "smoother" sounding steel, rope core string than the very popular Spirocores. Recently, some...

    $43.75 - $261.24
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  • Supernil Upright Bass Strings

    Supernils are a bit of an oddity in the Upright Bass World... they do have a big and fat, boomy sound, which can be a bluegrasser's delight, but they have some unique characteristics - and as with anything unique, some people love them, some people don't...

    $24.00 - $89.00
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