There's a nifty bass store in my area and I'm going to stop by for strings soon.
I'm wanting to buy something that's not found in GC (like DR and D'Addario) and I've never heard of some of these brands (didn't know Hofner made strings). Any opinions? My band plays fast thrashy stuff on a 5.
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I'd recommend researching them before you buy for sure, rather than just buying something because it has a cool name. Maybe ask the guys at the shop too, they should know what each is good for. Rotosounds are one that I've heard good things about, and are widely used. Thomastik-Infelds I've heard are excellent, but I've mainly only heard about their flatwound strings (that might be all they make) and those wouldn't be great for thrashy metal (unless you're in Iron Maiden, and I still don't know how he does it He uses Rotosounds though). At any rate, anything drastically different from DR or D'Addario is not going to work well for thrashy metal, and anything that does work well for thrashy metal is going to be very similar to DR or D'Addario.