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Innovation 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).

Innovation strings are made in the UK.

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).

All Innovation strings currently carried by Gollihur Music have a Braided Synthetic Core.

Differences between the Innovation Strings we carry are as follows:

Set Tension Outer Winding Photo
Ultra Black Set Medium/High Black Nylon Tape
Honey (Solid Core) Set Medium/High Chrome Tape
Braided (Stranded Core) Set Medium/High Chrome Tape
Super Silver Set Medium Clear Nylon
Rock-a-Billy Set Medium Black Nylon Tape
Golden Slap Set Low Clear Nylon
(inner winding has gold color)
Silver Slap Set Low Clear Nylon
(inner winding has silver color)
Psycho-Billy Set Low with
thicker gauge
Clear Nylon
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
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