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D'Addario EXPPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings  

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D'Addario EXPPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings employ a genuine phosphor bronze alloy that retains flexibility as well as brilliant tone for man... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gauges: .045 .065 .080 .100.

D'Addario EXPPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings employ a genuine phosphor bronze alloy that retains flexibility as well as brilliant tone for many hours of hard play.

Computer-controlled wrapping around a hex core ensures consistency and extends life.

D'Addario is the world's largest manufacturer of strings for musical instruments. Many top guitarists won't play any other brand. Regardless of your playing style, D'Addario has a set that's right for you.

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D'AddarioEXPPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

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There seem to be two schools of thought regarding acoustic bass guitars: the first is of players that dislike the tone of Phosphor Bronze strings on metal frets and go out of their way...Read complete review

There seem to be two schools of thought regarding acoustic bass guitars: the first is of players that dislike the tone of Phosphor Bronze strings on metal frets and go out of their way to move away from that sound, using Tapewound or Flatwound strings to bring out a more "Upright Bass" tone and trading off the natural volume that their acoustic bass has for an almost "metallic-free" tone.The second, to which I subscribe, see the instrument as exactly how it is named: an *Acoustic Bass Guitar* and both play as well as have it sound as such. We realize that an acoustic bass is naturally far closer to an acoustic guitar then it is an Upright Bass and see them, play them as well as string them up as "Big Brothers" to acoustic guitars, using Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings that bring out both the low-end as well as the "acousticness" that an acoustic bass guitar brings to the table. The positive aspects that D'Addario EXPPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings have are major ones. Firstly, D'Addario's EXP coated strings easily extends the life of phosphor bronze strings 2-to-3 times the life of standard uncoated phosphor bronze strings. If you're a player that has an allergic reaction to bronze, or one that produces acidic sweat that can "deaden" typical strings, the coating on the strings allow you to play acoustic strings without harm to yourself or wasting money on strings that you'll deaden within a day or two. Also, because of the coating on the strings there's a slight "slickness" to the string that's not an unpleasant feeling underneath the finger. But importantly, D'Addario only coats the "wrap" of the string (the metal our fingers touch that's wrapped around the "core" of the string and *not* the entire string after it's done being made). Because of this method of manufacturing opposed to another brand's coated strings they still ring out very much like non-coated strings and not as if they were "dipped in plastic". The positive aspect of the coating is that it dampens the high-end slightly, which actually addresses what players from the aforementioned "First School of Thought" find a negative - the brightness of phosphor bronze string on metal fret. The EXP coating naturally brings down the brightness just enough while still keeping the feeling of playing an "acoustic bass guitar" to a near-perfect amount.As a bassist who very much considers himself an "Acoustic Bass Guitar" player, D'Addario Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings are EXACTLY what I imagined my Taylor AB-2 Acoustic Bass (a low-production, high-end bass made by legendary builder Taylor Guitars for a short amount of time from the late 1990s to early '00s) sounding like both live and in the studio. If they became unavailable I'd likely use the non-coated version of the string, but imagine I wouldn't be nearly as happy with it.

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dull and flat

how dull, flat, stale and unprofitable seem to me the uses of these strings (to partially quote the bard). I'm taking them off and putting regular steel wound back on. the polished...Read complete review

how dull, flat, stale and unprofitable seem to me the uses of these strings (to partially quote the bard). I'm taking them off and putting regular steel wound back on. the polished coated jobs have no zing, no balls. if you're interested in longevity and ease of playing, ok, but music is much more than that.

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5.0

only strings I'll use

By Frank

from undisclosed

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Comments about D'Addario EXPPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings:

constant quality, just the right sound with my Thunderchief. The only strings I'll use.

 
5.0

A Must For Acoustic Bass Guitar

By Tomteriffic

from Dayton, OH

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Lasting Lively
  • Long Life

Cons

  • Pendy
  • Spendy

Best Uses

  • Live Studio Jamming

Comments about D'Addario EXPPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings:

First off, acoustic bass guitar is a "niche" instrument. That said, it's hard to fine one that will keep up, volume or tone-wise with it's 6-string cousins. I got lucky in that regard. Mine came with the non-coated version of these strings and they were fine while they lasted, no complaints. But if you're going to be playing outdoors, flat and fingerpicking and generally giving the strings the same sort of workout that a six sting would get, the EXP's only make sense.

The debate rages on about coated vs. non-coated strings. For myself, I came down in the EXP camp for guitar strings years ago. They sound settled in almost immediately and I've been known to forget to change strings on my workhorse six-string for about forever, until I notice flat spots on the underside of the windings from the frets. No discoloration, loss of tone, etc.

So, considering that the acoustic bass guitar is a niche instrument, strings for it aren't usually found in every string rack in every store in town. From what I've seen, D'Addario is the only realistic choice. And they ain't cheap. So the D'Addario EXP's, with their extra life and consistent tone through the life of the string make economic as well as sonic sense. They're what to use to get the most out of the instrument.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Original equipment replacement

By William Wright

from Albuquerque, NM

Comments about D'Addario EXPPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings:

These strings were the same as what came on my Ibanez AEB10E acoustic bass. I have always loved the sound and have never been dissatisfied with the quality or longevity of D'Addario strings. Yes, they are more expensive but I discovered a long time ago that with some things you truly get what you pay for. One feature of D'Addario strings is that the string is wound for the entire length. Other string manufacturers only wind just past the end of the frets requiring you to tension the entire string using only the core wire. I've owned this guitar since 2005 and this only the third set of strings that has been on it. Now I probably don't play as much as I need to but I have never been let down by any D'Addario strings.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Coated Acoustic Bass Strings

By Paparay24

from Foley, AL

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario EXPPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings:

    These are the original issue strings for all Breedlove acoustic basses, and they really sound and feel great on my Breedlove BJ350/SMe4. I'm impressed with the clear, even response from each string. The last set I had on for about six months and they still sounded fine. Great value, high quality, long lasting acoustic bass strings.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    dull and flat

    By roofie

    from Tucson, AZ

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    Pros

    • Easy on the fingers

    Cons

    • Dull Flat Stale

    Best Uses

      Comments about D'Addario EXPPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings:

      how dull, flat, stale and unprofitable seem to me the uses of these strings (to partially quote the bard). I'm taking them off and putting regular steel wound back on. the polished coated jobs have no zing, no balls. if you're interested in longevity and ease of playing, ok, but music is much more than that.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Strings

      By CB

      from Grant, La

      Comments about D'Addario EXPPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings:

      I have a Takamine G-Series Bass. The stock strings that came on the bass were terrible. They were very dull sounding. The minute I put the D'Addario strings on it, the sound was amazing! Very bright tone. Also has very good quality and are also very reliable. I've had these strings on the bass for about a month and no problems.

      (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

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      By Ian Perge

      from Akron, OH

      Comments about D'Addario EXPPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings:

      There seem to be two schools of thought regarding acoustic bass guitars: the first is of players that dislike the tone of Phosphor Bronze strings on metal frets and go out of their way to move away from that sound, using Tapewound or Flatwound strings to bring out a more "Upright Bass" tone and trading off the natural volume that their acoustic bass has for an almost "metallic-free" tone.The second, to which I subscribe, see the instrument as exactly how it is named: an *Acoustic Bass Guitar* and both play as well as have it sound as such. We realize that an acoustic bass is naturally far closer to an acoustic guitar then it is an Upright Bass and see them, play them as well as string them up as "Big Brothers" to acoustic guitars, using Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings that bring out both the low-end as well as the "acousticness" that an acoustic bass guitar brings to the table. The positive aspects that D'Addario EXPPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings have are major ones. Firstly, D'Addario's EXP coated strings easily extends the life of phosphor bronze strings 2-to-3 times the life of standard uncoated phosphor bronze strings. If you're a player that has an allergic reaction to bronze, or one that produces acidic sweat that can "deaden" typical strings, the coating on the strings allow you to play acoustic strings without harm to yourself or wasting money on strings that you'll deaden within a day or two. Also, because of the coating on the strings there's a slight "slickness" to the string that's not an unpleasant feeling underneath the finger. But importantly, D'Addario only coats the "wrap" of the string (the metal our fingers touch that's wrapped around the "core" of the string and *not* the entire string after it's done being made). Because of this method of manufacturing opposed to another brand's coated strings they still ring out very much like non-coated strings and not as if they were "dipped in plastic". The positive aspect of the coating is that it dampens the high-end slightly, which actually addresses what players from the aforementioned "First School of Thought" find a negative - the brightness of phosphor bronze string on metal fret. The EXP coating naturally brings down the brightness just enough while still keeping the feeling of playing an "acoustic bass guitar" to a near-perfect amount.As a bassist who very much considers himself an "Acoustic Bass Guitar" player, D'Addario Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings are EXACTLY what I imagined my Taylor AB-2 Acoustic Bass (a low-production, high-end bass made by legendary builder Taylor Guitars for a short amount of time from the late 1990s to early '00s) sounding like both live and in the studio. If they became unavailable I'd likely use the non-coated version of the string, but imagine I wouldn't be nearly as happy with it.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Well Worth every Penny

      By JimmyBond

      from Bristol, TN

      Comments about D'Addario EXPPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings:

      These strings do a fabulous job bringing to life any Acoustic Bass. They came standard on my Ibanez AEB Bass, and after trying at least 3 other brands (including Elixir), I went back to D'Addario. They have great tone and last and last. I play my acoustic mainly at home on a daily basis, and replace strings maybe once a year. An excellent investment.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great strings!

      By Jason-hahx_

      from Atlanta, GA

      Comments about D'Addario EXPPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings:

      I put these on my Michael Kelly Club Custom acoustic bass a month ago, and it sounds better than when I first played the bass in the store! Very bright sound-- you can hear it over an acoustic guitar-- great for slapping or just regualr playing. Picks also sound good with these strings. D'addario (as a stringmaking family) has been around since the late 17th century, so these guys definitely know how to craft some awesome strings.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Sound, But Didn't Last

      By asdfa hadfdf

      from Texas

      Comments about D'Addario EXPPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass Strings:

      When I first strung these on my bass, I noticed a huge difference. Bright and clear highs and deep lows. I was very impressed. The reason I am disappointed, though, is because I bought these specifically because of their especially long life. Within a month, my G string snapped in standard tuning. I don't even play that hard with my right hand. I was surprised that this happened. Don't get me wrong - these are great sounding strings, but for me, the quality is not worth the extra money. If you have the money and are willing to pay extra, go ahead.

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