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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 (despite their protestations on their website, I can assure you that I know that some of our competitors, touting their "lower than anyone" prices, do NOT - and many of their prices are higher than ours, anyway!), 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.

Single Strings Also Available for Purchase Separately
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 secondary drop menu for a pop-up 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 designed for use on 3/4 (and usually also 4/4) sized basses unless otherwise noted.

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Innovation Psychoslaps for psychobilly- (Psycho Slaps) Medium-Low Tension Strings
Innovation Psychoslaps for psychobilly- (Psycho Slaps) Medium-Low Tension Strings
Innovation Psychobilly strings are designed specifically for Psychobilly players, to get the sound and feel required by the style. They are similar in design to the Silver Slaps and Golden Slaps, featuring a comfortable low tension. However, they are a bit thicker in diameter to help accommodate the ultra-fast slapping often required in "psychobilly" style music genres. With nylon core and windings, these strings don't work with magnetic pickups.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $199.00
Innovation Rockabilly - 140RB (Rock a Billy) Med/Light Tension Strings
Innovation Rockabilly - 140RB (Rock a Billy) Med/Light Tension Strings
Innovation Rockabilly Strings were the first offering in their "Slap" line of strings. Essentially a light version of their "Ultra Black" strings, they have the same distinctive black flatwound outer winding. The flat windings give them a slightly "stiffer" feel for a little more stability and definition than the similarly-tensioned "Slap" strings offered by Innovation.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $189.00
Innovation Rockabilly REDS - 90140RR Med Tension Red Strings
Innovation Rockabilly REDS - 90140RR Med Tension Red Strings
Let's be honest, it takes a pretty special player to rock red strings. And these new strings from Innovation hold nothing back. Modeled after the Silver and Golden Slap sets, they make a big visual impression with their bold red windings -- which look particularly cool on a blonde bass! And to match their appearance, they have a gutsy, slap-friendly tone that really works in some of the more "brash" music styles. Special care went into their development to get the string balance "just right." No holds barred!
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $189.00
Innovation SilverSlaps - 140SLP (Silver Slap) Low Tension Strings
Innovation SilverSlaps - 140SLP (Silver Slap) Low Tension Strings
Innovation SilverSlap Strings are a "Hybrid" of sorts; a warm, dark gut-like tone, without losing too much definition. They're essentially a light version of the "Super Silver" strings, and their lighter tension makes them great for slapstyle Rockabilly and Psychobilly styles. But despite the specific nature of their name, they also work great for pizz players who want a bit less tension. Popular with players "old-skool" style music genres. Identical to the Golden Slaps, other than the color of their inner windings. Not ideal for arco, but they can be bowed.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $189.00
Innovation SuperSilver - 140SS (Super Silver) Med Tension Strings
Innovation SuperSilver - 140SS (Super Silver) Med Tension Strings
Innovation Super Silver Strings are often used for Bluegrass or other "homegrown" styles, since they can be a synthetic alternative to true gut strings. They're the same design as the Silver Slap (and Golden Slap) strings, but with a more conventional "medium" tension. Warm, full tone with a nice "thump" -- but good pitch definition -- makes them particularly good in bluegrass and Americana styles, but they work well across a wide variety of genres. Can be bowed, but arco isn't their strongest suit.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $189.00
Innovation Honey - 90140H Solid Core Medium Tension Strings
Innovation Honey - 90140H Solid Core Medium Tension Strings
With their solid nylon core, Innovation Honey Strings are often compared to wound gut strings, tonally - with a decidedly "stiffer" feel. These achieve the old-timey sound with a steel string's feel and tension, and can be bowed pretty well, too. Can't afford (or justify) gut strings? These may be among the closest substitutes.
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this stringLow E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string High C String Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $189.00
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
Jargar Upright Bass Strings
Jargar Upright Bass Strings
Jargar bass strings are handmade in Denmark; they are a steel string with a decidedly non-metallic tone - darker, almost gut-like, with an "easy-on-the-hands" feel. They have sort of a "gut-like" top end, with their shorter sustain, thuddier attack, and warm tone. They're also good under the bow; relatively easy to bow without scratchiness, and a big, dark arco sound. Available in Medium, Forte (Heavy) and Dolce (Light), with extended-range strings available.
    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 $131.00
Kolstein Heritage Upright Bass Strings
Kolstein Heritage Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!The Heritage strings are a synthetic string designed by Kolstein Music to offer the feel and tension of gut strings but deliver the sound of orchestral or jazz strings. They work well under the bow, as well as pizz, and have the ability to blend into a large variety of genres with a sound that suits lots of different situations.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $159.00
LaBella Supernil Upright Bass Strings
LaBella Supernil Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!A popular string set in the bluegrass world for decades, these unusual strings have a big and fat, boomy sound, which can be a thumper's delight. The somewhat strangely textured solid D and G strings are their most instantly recognizable trait, which some people love (and some people don't). But you can't really argue the affordability of this ubiquitous set!
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $89.00
LaBella 7720 Rope Core Upright Bass Strings
LaBella 7720 Rope Core Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!The fairly common construction of a stranded steel ropewound core and a chromesteel flatwound outer winding gets the LaBella treatment. These strings, which are equally good for bowing and pizz, are affordable and quite playable, with light-ish tension and a nice growl. It's a great inoffensive crossover string, meaning that it can fit into many different genres. And it's available in medium, light, and extra light/solo gauges.
    Extended Strings Available: SOLO Gauge Strings Available for this string Weich (light) Strings Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $148.00
LaBella 7710N BLACK Nylon Tape Wound Upright Bass Strings
LaBella 7710N BLACK Nylon Tape Wound Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!These strings are a favorite of jazz bassist Ron Carter, who helped develop them, and are pretty popular for that reason (among others). They are metal rope core strings, surrounded by a black nylon wrap. Deep, defined tone without brashness works great for old school and modern jazz sounds, and also fits in well with most other traditional pizz genres. Rather lousy under the bow for most players, though you can make them work with the right rosin (and some other tricks.) Also available specifically sized for Ampeg Baby Basses (and clones).
    Extended Strings Available: 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 $148.00
LaBella 7710T WHITE Nylon Tape Wound Upright Bass Strings
LaBella 7710T WHITE Nylon Tape Wound Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!This new version of the "Ron Carter" tape-wound strings has a bit more brightness and clarity than the original 7710N strings - and features a smoother finish, to boot. They are metal rope core strings, surrounded by a clear nylon wrap, which gives them a milky-white appearance. Not at all good for arco styles. Also available in a specially sized version for Baby Bass (and clones).
    Extended Strings Available: 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 $148.00
Lenzner Gut Upright Bass Strings
Lenzner Gut Upright Bass Strings
For well over a decade we've carried these wonderful genuine gut strings. Made in Germany of real gut, using the classic traditional methods, these Lenzner strings will not disappoint. You have options: choose from all plain gut, or sets with wound E and/or A strings for a more uniform gauge and sound. All strings are available separately, too - so if you favor matching a couple of guts with a couple of steels, go at it! And we carefully rotate our stock so no one gets "old" strings.
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this string High C String Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $352.00
String Sets: NS Electric Traditional for NS Design Electric Upright Basses NS610
String Sets: NS Electric Traditional for NS Design Electric Upright Basses NS610
This item is made in USA! The NS Electric strings are made by D'Addario and designed specifically to fit the NS Design Basses (CR4M, CR5M, NXT and WAV4). The "Traditional" set differs from the "Contemporary" set (which is provided on the bass from the factory) in that it is actually a shortened set of Helicore upright strings; they provide a more "traditional" upright tone, since they have the increased depth and damping that is used on orchestral-style strings. This set gives the solid-body EUB a more "authentic" sort of tonal vibe, with darker tone, less detail, and shorter sustain -- and greatly improves arco play.
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this string High C String Available for this string
Choices starting at $118.00
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