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Strings for Double BassStrings for 3/4 and 4/4 size Basses

D'Addario Helicore Pizzicato Upright Bass Strings

         Manufactured by: D'Addario

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Helicore Pizzicato bass stringsD'Addario Helicore PIZZICATO

As you've probably gathered from reading our string descriptions, the selection of string can make a profound difference in response, so D'Addario offers strings in three flavors: Orchestra, Hybrid, and Pizzicato.

D'Addario makes Helicore Pizzicato strings for players who play mostly pizzicato (plucking), hence the name. They have the most sustain and growl in the Helicore family of strings. They have a brighter attack for pizz play, which can provide that more "modern" jazz tone, and cut through a denser mix. If you do bow, though, you might consider the Hybrids, as they maintain some of the pizzicato "presence" but are easier to bow than the Pizzicatos.

Some players feel that Helicore Pizz are essentially D'Addario's (less expensive) version of the Thomastik Spirocores.

Tension figures:
String ¾ med ¾ lt ¾ hv
G 62.0 58.2 64.0
D 66.0 61.0 69.0
A 67.0 63.0 70.0
E 68.0 64.0 71.0
Ext E/C 68.0 64.0 71.0


  • nice warm tone from steel strings
  • Orchestral: bowable, smooth sound with thumpier pizz
  • Hybrid: more sustain and a little growl for pizz, still bowable, the compromise string
  • smooth feel
  • average tension


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Hello, Mark!

I contacted you on 11/4 asking for a recommendation for some new strings for my 1964 Kay upright, and you responded with a few qualifying questions, then made a couple of recommendations. One of your recommendations was the D'Addario Helicore Pizzicato. I just wanted you to know that I ordered them per your recommendation on 11/5 to include your "Extra Fast" shipping, as I am gigging this weekend with my Bluegrass band, had broken my G-string, and was left with a less than adequate 3-string bass!

I wanted to let you know that I received my new strings the next day, 11/6. I installed them that evening, and they are all that you promised in quality, feel, & sound. I have the brightness that I like, the sustain is incredible & the volume is too.

Thanks for your fine recommendation & the wonderful service in getting my new strings to me in plenty of time for my weekend gig.

Sincerely... A Customer For Life
Jim M (November 2013)