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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? 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; on the main string page for the strings you want, click the blue box (like the one pictured 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 Bob's all-time favorites!) and they bow very well. Steel strings, with full, detailed sound. Medium, Forte, and Extra Forte Gauges Available; but read our note, as their gauges run kind of "thin" and "light" as compared to most of their contemporaries.
    Extended Strings 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
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $112.00
Corelli 380 (Nickel) Upright Bass Strings
Corelli 380 (Nickel) Upright Bass Strings
Corelli 380 strings are a bit thicker - both in physical diameter, and tonal color - than the 370 strings that Bob likes so much. A little darker, not as detailed; but they are a somewhat conventional string that is quite easy on student budgets without being a "cheap" string. Warmer steel string vibe with a middle of the road tone.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $89.00
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 use a core design that is pretty easy on the hands (it's one reason they're Bob's favorite!) and they bow very well. The 350A have similar sound and feel as the 370s, but are sized specifically for 1/2 size instruments.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
$112.00
String Set: Corelli 350B 1/4 SIZE Upright Bass Strings
String Set: Corelli 350B 1/4 SIZE Upright Bass Strings
Bringing the versatile sound, affordable price point, and comfortable play of the Corelli strings to 1/4 size instruments, the 350B strings are a steel-string with a rope core.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
$112.00
D'Addario Helicore HYBRID Upright Bass Strings
D'Addario Helicore HYBRID Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!A longtime favorite of players in a variety of styles, D'Addario's Helicore Hybrid strings are for players who perform both arco and pizzicato. "Just right" damping provides good pizzicato sustain and attack, with quick, accurate bow response, too. A universal choice for a broad range of styles, for those who find themselves playing in lots of situations -- all using the same bass.
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this string Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $127.00
D'Addario Helicore ORCHESTRAL and SOLO Upright Bass Strings
D'Addario Helicore ORCHESTRAL and SOLO Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!With extra damping materials, this version of D'Addario's Helicore string set -- the "Orchestral" -- is designed for the player who primarily plays arco (with a bow). Played pizzicato (plucked), they have a warm and dark fundamental tone with a shorter sustain and quicker decay than the other Helicore Strings. The SOLO strings are similar to the Orchestra strings, but gauged specifically for tuning one whole step up from "standard" tuning; this is specifically for those playing solo pieces, to take advantage of the slightly higher range (and fingerings).
    Extended and Alternate Tuning Strings Available: SOLO Gauge Strings Available for this stringLow B String Available for this stringLow E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $127.00
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 are engineered for the player who performs primarily pizzicato (plucked). Whoa, nice alliteration! They have a bright pizzicato attack with excellent sustain, good for a "contemporary" sound that features more detail and "bite." Steel, spiral-wound core (like the other Helicore strings) provides excellent stability and good lifespan.
    Extended Strings Available: Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $127.00
D'Addario KAPLAN Orchestral Upright Bass Strings
D'Addario KAPLAN Orchestral Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!Purposely designed for the orchestral player, D'Addario's Kaplan strings are for bassists who demand a full, rich arco tone at all dynamic ranges, and a softer feeling string. A stranded steel core, with a variety of different windings on each string to provide perfect balance of tone and feel, makes these carefully designed strings a real winner for the most discerning orchestral bassist.
    Extended Strings Available: Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
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 classic Prelude strings, with flexibility and lighter tension - and an affordable price tag - are aimed at students and younger players who value quality strings on a smaller budget. Stranded steel cores provide nice flexibility, and the tone is pretty middle-of-the-road, making them fit fairly well into a variety of genres and styles. Suitable for arco and pizz.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $79.00
D'Addario ZYEX Upright Bass Strings
D'Addario ZYEX Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!D'Addario's popular ZYEX strings have a core made of their proprietary "Zyex" synthetic material. This creates a string with a warm, gut-like vibe, but with more modern articulate edge (and a nice growl, if you push 'em hard) to their sound. Traditional flat alloy windings (tungsten, titanium, and stainless) provide a traditional playing feel. Great for both pizz and arco. Available in standard and light gauges.
    Extended Strings Available: Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $156.00
D'Orazio Psychobilly Spyrachrome Upright Bass Strings (Light Tension)
D'Orazio Psychobilly Spyrachrome Upright Bass Strings (Light Tension)
Rockabilly players who prefer a more aggressive "click" will sometimes prefer a steel-based string to get it. These strings are tensioned for highly physical slap play, and since they have a steel core, they have excellent magnetic response for use with a magnetic pickup. Made in Italy by a company with well over a century of string-making experience!
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $135.00
D'Orazio Rockabilly Ropecore Chrome-Steel Strings (Light Tension)
D'Orazio Rockabilly Ropecore Chrome-Steel Strings (Light Tension)
Finally, your metal-wrapped rockabilly strings are here. Get that aggressive metallic CLACK with a string that won't leave your fingertips in tatters. Like the Psychobilly set, these work great with a magnetic pickup. But they have a touch more tension for those players who also need to play a little "straight pizz" as well, and need a reasonable pizz tone for those situations.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $135.00
Eurosonic Upright Bass Strings
Eurosonic Upright Bass Strings
Eurosonics have a somewhat unique combination; a steel core, with silk damping layers and a flatwound, polymer outer winding. This gives them a gut-like vibe, with a thickness in both their feel and their sound. It also makes them easy on the hands. Very popular with players of bluegrass and rockabilly, with medium, light -- and even ultra-light (a slapper's dream) -- gauges for you to choose from.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $148.00
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" nylon flatwound outer winding; they work well for a player seeking a fuller, dark-sounding string with a stronger tension for heavier-handed playing. They work really well for traditional jazz and other styles; not so great for bowing, due to the flat, smooth nylon finish. The "Rockabilly" set from Innovation is basically this string in a "light" version.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $189.00
Innovation GoldenSlaps - 140GLP (Golden Slap) Low Tension Strings
Innovation GoldenSlaps - 140GLP (Golden Slap) Low Tension Strings
These are some of our most popular strings! The Innovation Golden Slap Strings are a "Hybrid" of sorts; a warm, dark gut-like tone, but with less tension - great for slapstyle Rockabilly and Psychobilly. They also have a nice, middling pizzicato tone; not too bright, with nice "thump" -- they're a favorite for those playing bluegrass. Identical to the "Silver Slaps" other than their color; also are basically a lighter, golden-colored version of the "Super Silver" strings.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $189.00
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