Do you need a durable alternative to more costly and problematic gut strings, for playing aggressive styles like rockabilly, or acoustic bluegrass - maybe even old-school jazz? Presto! I have your answer.
These strings have developed a cult-like following with many bassists over the last 2+ decades that we've carried them. Their design is what sets them apart, rather than a solid core or steel coating... well, how about I let them tell you about it:
"First is the inner core which is a braided ropewound cord consisting of steel and silk. Silk is the key to the low tension, gut like tones and the steel adds tuning and intonation stability while adding the ability to work with magnetic pickups. This cord is then tightly wrapped with a blend of non-ferrous and noble metals (copper, nickel, zinc, tungsten, etc.). Finally, they are wrapped with a specially shaped and ground polymer with no color additives giving Eurosonic’s a unique, almost translucent look. Eurosonic Bass Strings have a gauge that is comparable to many old gut strings (new gut strings are MUCH thicker as they have not yet stretched)."
Bottom line, they are a nice alternative to gut, and have a thick attack and less pronounced sustain than some other strings. Their Polyamide (what?!?) wrap, whatever that is (it's like nylon), makes for a gentle experience for both hands, and though bowing is far from great, it can be done in a pinch*.
If you play slap rockabilly, or prefer a very low tension string, choose the Ultralights. However, if you play classic jazz, or do a mix of all styles including slap, I'd recommend the Lights, as the Ultralight strings can be a little slack for normal clarity. The Mediums are a higher tension that may not be desirable given this string's basic design goal, but I also carry them for those that prefer a stiffer string with the vintage character of these unique strings.
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It's worth noting that these strings, despite their generally lighter tension, are thicker in diameter than most "regular" upright strings. This is due to their multi-layered construction of low-mass materials, and their Polyamide (like Perlon or Nylon) tape outer windings, which are thicker than steel tape windings. This means that some players may have to slightly widen the slots in the nut and/or bridge to properly accommodate these strings without binding or pinching. This is a normal, common thing, and if you have questions or concerns about doing so, let us know. Our (always included) stringing tip sheet has some tips and instructions should make it easy and clear.
* For bowing, we recommend that you gently scuff the bowing area with fine sandpaper, emery cloth, or very fine steel wool. To ease adhesion, you can apply rosin directly on the strings. You may need to experiment with a different grade/viscosity of rosin than you normally use, as well. Ultimately, these strings are kind of tough to bow well, but it can be done if you're resourceful. I've even heard from two different players that wrapping a piece of common invisible tape around the string where the bow contacts it can create a decent bowing surface - strange solution, but those players swore by it!
Silk Winding Color Codes:
- Ultralight: yellow with red stripe at ball end, solid yellow with red band at headstock end
- Light: yellow with aquamarine stripe at ball end, solid aquamarine at headstock end
- Medium: yellow with black stripe at ball end, solid red with black band at headstock end
I was replacing a set of synthetic strings (imitation nylon) that shall remain nameless, and I wanted something with a nice warm tone. I had never been exposed to the Eurosonic strings before so I called Gollihur on a Saturday night and left a message explaining my situation and got a call from Mark on Monday. Mark was more than helpful in describing these strings so I ordered a set and am very happy. These strings have a nice warm tone and are very full, not overly "bright" as some tape wound strings can be. They are also fairly easy on the left hand, not totally smooth to the touch as La Bella's but they have a much warmer tone. This is likely because of the silk used in the construction of the strings (see the photo on the product page). I've had these strings for just over two weeks and they have gotten a little smoother to the touch and a bit warmer in tone. They hold tune well and do not seem to be affected by temperature much. Overall I am very happy with these strings as well as the excellent customer service I received.
Very happy to find these strings. I understand the "cult following". My last strings were a compromise purchase and one of them actually failed. Who knew? Very high priced, too. Gollihur was there and on time.
I just put the Eurosonics on my Merchant Vertical Bass-they sound and feel great, even compared to the Sonores Basso 2011s on my Pollmann. I have a feeling they would be just the thing for gut players who are tired of dealing with the tuning and maintenance issues.
Bob, I called the other day and ask for your recommendation on a good string for my upright bass. I was using the Supernils and hated the sound quality. You suggested the Eurosonic Lights and they are great.Love the sound and feel. Thanks You
I really like the Eurosonics for my bluegrass music. Yesterday, a friend who, unlike me is a good bluegrass bass player, came by and was really impressed with the sound of my bass. He said it's hard to find a bass that plays that easy and still has that much volume. By the way, I had an email saying my order had been shipped within 10 minutes of speaking with you, and it arrived in two days. You must have a postal jet on call! Thanks again for the advice and service!