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Carved and Laminated URBs

Buying an upright bass online doesn't have to be stressful.

Should I buy a laminated bass or a fully carved one? What's the difference? Do I want a 3/4 size bass, or something else? How can I feel confident buying a bass without putting my hands on it first?

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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 $133.00
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 $133.00
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 $133.00
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: SOLO Gauge Strings 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 $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
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 $142.50
For-Tune Charm Orchestral Upright Bass Strings
For-Tune Charm Orchestral Upright Bass Strings
These strings are tailor-made for arco/orchestral playing, and their lower price point makes them an excellent choice for students on a budget. Solid performance, best prices available in the USA (by far)!
Choices starting at $115.00
Innovation Braided Orchestral - (140B) Mid-High Tension Strings
Innovation Braided Orchestral - (140B) Mid-High Tension Strings
The braided nylon core set from Innovation is wound in chrome tape, making for an affordable, orchestral gauge string that works very well under the bow - but also has less "brashness" than steel strings for playing with your fingers. A nice, warm thump - without losing too much definition - characterizes their pizzicato tone, making them a good hybrid string for players of both pizz and arco, especially for traditional genres like folk, bluegrass, and Americana.
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this stringLow E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string SOLO Gauge Strings Available for this string
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $199.00
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
Innovation Polychrome Hybrid Medium Tension Strings
Innovation Polychrome Hybrid Medium Tension Strings
These strings have a warm pizz tone, similar to the "Honey" set by Innovation, but are far more bow-friendly due to their new chromesteel outer winding - a true hybrid string from Innovation.
Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Choices starting at $199.00
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
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