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Strings for Double Bass

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, 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.

Don't know where to start? We've put together several string guides for various music types; click the link to the right under "Display Only:" to get a few choices for various styles of music, or for your particular application. In the selection below, look for the colored icons (Low B String Available for this string High C String Available for this string Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string SOLO Gauge Strings Available for this string5ths Tuning String Set Available for this string) which indicate extended range strings like Low B, strings for extensions, solo sets and more.

Need Single Strings? Order individual strings from almost every set we sell; on the main string page for the strings you want, click the yellow box (like the one to the right) for a list of single strings you can add to your cart!

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.

Note: All of our Upright Bass strings are made for use on 3/4 sized basses unless otherwise noted.

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Corelli 370 Upright Bass Strings (and 360 Solo Gauge)
Corelli 370 Upright Bass Strings (and 360 Solo Gauge)
Corelli's versatile and articulate strings are easy on the hands (it's a reason why they're one of my favorites!) and bow very well. Medium, Forte, and Extra Forte Gauges Available... Low B String Available for this string High C String Available for this string Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
Choices starting at $106.00
Corelli 380 (Nickel) Upright Bass Strings
Corelli 380 (Nickel) Upright Bass Strings
Corelli 380's are different from the 370 tungsten series that I like so much, but they are a somewhat conventional string that is easy on student budgets...
Choices starting at $83.00
String Set: Corelli 350A 1/2 SIZE Upright Bass Strings
String Set: Corelli 350A 1/2 SIZE Upright Bass Strings
Corelli's versatile and articulate strings are easy on the hands (it's one reason they're my favorite!) and bow very well. These strings designed specifically for 1/2 size instruments.
$103.00
String Set: Corelli 350B 1/4 SIZE Upright Bass Strings
String Set: Corelli 350B 1/4 SIZE Upright Bass Strings
Corelli's versatile and articulate strings are easy on the hands (it's one reason they're my favorite!) and bow very well. These strings designed specifically for 1/4 size instruments.
$103.00
D'Addario Helicore HYBRID Upright Bass Strings
D'Addario Helicore HYBRID Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!D'Addario's Helicore Hybrid strings are for players who perform both arco and pizzicato. Good pizzicato sustain and attack, with quick, accurate bow response, too. A universal choice for a broad range of styles... Low B String Available for this string Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
Choices starting at $119.00
D'Addario Helicore ORCHESTRAL Upright Bass Strings
D'Addario Helicore ORCHESTRAL Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!D'Addario's Helicore Orchestral Strings are designed for the player who primarily plays arco (with a bow). Pizzicato (plucked), they have a warm, full, fundamental tone.Low B String Available for this stringLow E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
Choices starting at $119.00
D'Addario Helicore Pizzicato Upright Bass Strings
D'Addario Helicore Pizzicato Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!D'Addario's Helicore Pizzicato strings - Designed for the artist who performs primarily pizzicato (plucked). Bright pizzicato attack with excellent sustain, good for that "modern" sound... Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
Choices starting at $119.00
D'Addario KAPLAN Orchestral Upright Bass Strings
D'Addario KAPLAN Orchestral Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!D'Addario's Kaplan strings are for orchestra players who demand a full, rich tone at all dynamic ranges, and a softer feeling string... Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
Choices starting at $187.00
D'Addario Prelude MEDIUM Upright Bass Strings
D'Addario Prelude MEDIUM Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!D'Addario's Prelude strings, with flexibility and lighter tension - and an affordable price tag - are aimed at younger players on a budget...
$75.00
D'Addario ZYEX Upright Bass Strings
D'Addario ZYEX Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!D'Addario's new ZYEX strings are a synthetic string with a warm, gut-like vibe...
Choices starting at $149.00
D'Orazio Psychobilly Spyrachrome Upright Bass Strings
D'Orazio Psychobilly Spyrachrome Upright Bass Strings
Specially tensioned and made for highly aggressive slap, but with excellent magnetic response for use with a magnetic pickup...
Choices starting at $135.00
D'Orazio Rockabilly Ropecore Chrome-Steel Upright Bass Strings
D'Orazio Rockabilly Ropecore Chrome-Steel Upright Bass Strings
Finally, your metal-wrapped rockabilly strings are here. Get that aggressive metallic CLACK with a string that won't leave your fingertips in tatters...
Choices starting at $135.00
Eurosonic Upright Bass Strings
Eurosonic Upright Bass Strings
These strings are an alternative to more costly and problematic gut strings, that are developing a cult-like following with many jazz, rockabilly and bluegrass musicians...
Choices starting at $140.00
String Sets: String Options for Gold Tone Micro Basses
String Sets: String Options for Gold Tone Micro Basses
We've got options for your Micro-Bass! You can get extra sets of the Aquila strings that come stock on the bass, as well as the "Deep-Talkin' Bass" nylon-wound set from LaBella for a more traditional "EBG-like" tone...
Choices starting at $45.00
Innovation Ultra Blacks - 140UB (UltraBlack) Med/High Tension Strings
Innovation Ultra Blacks - 140UB (UltraBlack) Med/High Tension Strings
Innovation UB (Ultra-Black) Double Bass Strings are named for their distinctive "Ultra Black" outer winding, and work well for a player seeking a fuller, dark-sounding string for traditional jazz and other styles...
Choices starting at $153.00
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