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

Innovation SuperSilver - 140SS (Super Silver) Med Tension Strings

         Manufactured by: Innovation Strings

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Innovation Super Sliver Strings Innovation Double Bass Strings have a unique, non-metallic core which provide a gut-like tone without the cost or maintenance of gut upright bass strings. They hold their pitch well in climate and temperature changes, and most of their strings are equally suited for pizzicato (plucking) and arco (bowing).

Many of Innovation's strings are similar in design, but they assign different names to the different tensions/gauges/colors. For instance, if you like the description of these strings but prefer a bit lighter feel, Silver Slaps are essentially the "Super Silver Light." (And the Golden Slaps are the same as the Silver Slaps, just with a different color thread under the outer clear windings.) By the way -- you don't have to play slapstyle to enjoy the so-called "slap" strings, either, they have a great pizz tone.

Innovation Super Silver Strings are often used for Rockabilly and Bluegrass - they're a synthetic alternative to true gut strings. According to players who favor them, the 140-SS strings lean towards a more organic, gut-like tone than the Rockabilly Strings (also from Innovation). They have a round tone with a blunter attack and quick decay, giving a closer approximation of the gut tone - providing that 'old-school' flavor.

As synthetics, they may not quite be as warm and organic sounding as the real thing - but they're far more affordable and don't have the maintenance requirements of real gut. You'll also likely find that the Super Silver Strings don't have the same "bounce" as gut.

Users have reported that these strings might be the synthetics that get the closest to plain gut in sound for pizz playing, but that they do have higher tension than plain guts. It's still a "low tension" string, but some have reported that the tension is roughly equivalent to the Eurosonic light gauge strings.

Note: All of the Innovation strings do not contain any ferrous materials; they are not suitable for use with a magnetic pickup, like the Schaller we carry. They will work with all typical piezo-based pickups (like the Realist, Full Circle, and all the K&K pickups and systems).

Innovation designs these 3/4 size bass strings to fit on a standard 3/4 size bass. They may very well fit your bass if it is larger than 3/4. For your reference, the lengths of the string, as measured against the bass tailpiece to the nut is 51.5 inches, plus an additional 17 inches to handle stringing in the headstock.


For a comparison chart of the differences between the different Innovation String models, visit our Innovation Strings "Manufacturer" Page.

String Lengths
  • Ball end to nut (Afterlength + Playing Length): 51.5 inches/136cm
  • Afterlength (Ball end to bridge): 5.5 inches/14cm
  • Wound top of string (pegbox): 17 inches/43cm




String Gauges:
G D A E
.086 .093 .106 .126
Note: 4/25/2017, concerning rumors of "re-formulation" of Innovation Strings

I can confirm that the cores for ALL Innovation strings have not been altered since around 5-6 years ago. The strings are produced to the exact same string makeup as they were before their unexpected factory relocation, and are still manufactured by the same guy, post-move, who made them in the old factory. The only change recently has been the silk colors for the Silver Slaps, changing from mauve to purple, and the gradual switch from their old style "slug" ends to a more common-style ball end, which is due to sourcing issues, as they are no longer produced by the European source who made them. They prefer to continue working with a European source and switch to "ball ends" rather than outsourcing production of the slug ends to Asia.


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