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Strings for Double Bass:
Strings for 3/4 and 4/4 size Basses
Pirastro Obligato Upright Bass Strings
Choices starting at $196.06
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and now, for something
completely different... 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, warmer hit, with a little less sustain than more
modern jazz strings. Their very smooth surface is kind to the fingers
and they are a dream to bow. If you want your sound to be
"traditional", whether for bluegrass, old school jazz and blues, or
other styles that calls for that sound, you will enjoy the Obligatos.
I had a set on my Kay for quite a while, for my own bluegrass, jazz
and blues gigs, and I really enjoyed them. (I had planned to put a
set on it again, and only removed them as I needed my laminated bass
for more modern jazz sounds , as my carved Juzek underwent repairs. I
just like the articulation of the Corellis for that- my high
frequency hearing is just going bad! ;-) I am enjoying the gut
strings on it now; see below) I am very fond of how well they
emulate gut and the traditional bass sound, yet without mud or
imprecision. They may look like metal strings, but they sure don't
feel or sound like them-- the thin coating fools you! Not for use
with magnetic pickups.
does not list gauges on their packages, but I have taken the time to
gauge all the strings using a digital caliper and present the
following unofficial measurements of the standard 3/4 size Obligatos
for your reference:
I haven't measured the new ¼ and ½ size Obligatos yet.
They offer them in 3/4 size, and ¼ and ½ sizes, too (see "related products," below). All strings
have red with black spiral thread at the tailpiece, and the following
colors at the headstock:
The color code ring at peg end for ½
size is yellow, and light blue for ¼ size.
- Extended E=green
- Low B=yellow
|¾ size Solo Gauge:
- A=light gray
- E=light green
- H=light yellow
- FIS=light blue
- CIS5=light violet
|Tuning in Fifths (special order):
all with a blue peg ring.
This string is also available as a "Bumped" String Set. To find out more about bumped sets (with options for purchase) click here!
We source our Pirastro strings directly from the factory-authorized US Distributor, and they are the real deal. Only legitimately sourced strings are certified for sale by US dealers. Buying your guaranteed authentic Pirastro strings from us means that you can be confident that you'll have the support of the manufacturer AND us here at Gollihur Music.
- traditional "old
school" bass sound
- the definite choice for bluegrass, blues, and similar genres
- very smooth string surface
- a dream to bow
- the anti-metal string
Is this product returnable? Click here for our return policy.
International customer? Click here for important information about ordering from outside the USA.
Choices starting at $196.06
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FAQs Associated With This Product
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Check out this selection of strings often purchased by bluegrass bassists! If you're struggling with what strings to buy, this may help narrow it down...
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TurboTune musical instrument string winder
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Here is what some of our customers think about this product:
Bob & Mark,
Wow! I am always amazed at how quickly I receive orders placed with your company. My Wav 4 arrived today. I am thrilled. I changed out the strings to Obligatos, and raised the bridge. This thing is great! While it doesn't sound exactly like my Englehardt, I love the sound of it. I've really come to trust your recommendations and it is a joy to deal with both of you.
I put the Pirastro Obligato strings on the Swingmaster and had a luthier I found on your site lower the bridge and nut. It has a much nicer tone and plays easier. The stand is a real good idea, it really does result in more time playing. The bass bag is nice and heavy duty. The website is a real help. I appreciate the way you guys do business. Good products at a good price. I also appreciate your input and insight, on the various products that are available.
I received the Obligato strings yesterday and put them on my '66 Kay bass. Wow is all I can say! They make my Kay sound like a carved bass. I actually get some growl on the E and A strings now, and the G string is even in volume with the rest of the set, which was a problem with my previous strings. Also bowing these strings is a real pleasure, very smooth and even sounding. Thanks for recommending these strings on your website!
Hi Bob, I have spent the last several months giving myself a crash course in URB. Your site was a great help and answered many questions for me. I purchased the K&K Bass Max, and about a week later a set of Pirastro Obligato strings. Both from you. I can't tell you how happy I am with these choices. The strings made a tremendous difference in the sound and volume of my bass. And the Bass Max lets the true sound of the bass through to my combo. It even sounds great with no preamp.
Anyone just getting acquainted with upright bass that wants to do it right the first time should visit your site, and trust the information. You saved me a great deal of time and money.
P.S. Thanks for the ultra fast shipping!
Dear Gollihur and Son,
I've been gigging with the WAV 4 you sold me for about 2 months now. 1 month ago, I restrung it with Pirastro Obligatos, also purchased from you. All in all, probably the smartest $1,000 I've ever spent. This thing is really a monster, tonewise. My initial approach was to try to make it sound as much like an acoustic upright as possible (hence the Obligatos.) But as I started closing in on that, it began to dawn on me that the WAV 4 is a totally different animal, sort of a "third way" for bassists. So now I've developed a hybrid tone (or, more accurately, tones - this thing is really versatile) that fuses a foundation of a more traditional upright sound with qualities that can be attained with an electric instrument. One tonal configuration I find particularly beguiling is adding just a whisper of compression, chorus and "room" (reverb) - so subtle that you wouldn't really notice it unless it was taken away. It's very thick and lyrical, but with crystalline definition and, of course, volume is no problem with the WAV 4 (I've played it for 2 hours with a drummer, electric guitar, acoustic 12 string and electric violin - the WAV stayed in the mix beautifully, and I wasn't the least bit fatigued at the end of the night.)
So, thanks again for a bass n' strings combo that has actually changed my life.
I LOVE those strings. They are worth every penny. Thanks so much. It took a couple days for them to settle in but wow they sound great on my Kay. I'm tickled pink.