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Skjold Design Custom Strings - Stainless/Nickel Hybrid

 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:13 pm    Post subject: Skjold Design Custom Strings - Stainless/Nickel Hybrid Reply with quote

These are the strings that come on the Bubinga Monster, straight from Pete, and let me tell you, they are quite spectacular.

Previoulsy, I have played D'Adarrios (slowounds) on my sixers, and I have found these to be fairly similar with a few key differences that tip the scales in the Skjold direction. I find them to be far superior to DR, LaBella and Erinie Ball as well - these are pretty much the only strings I can get locally for comparison. I used to order the slowounds by the dozen - from here on out, however, it will Skjold all the way. Here's why:

Feel - The guages (Pete help me out here?) are perfectly matched for a string set that feels very linear string-to-string. There is just the right amount of "give" to each string, all the way to the B. They are very responsive to technique and touch it is very strange feeling how changed they can feel when all you switch is your playing style. The nickel wrap over the steel core allows jsut the right amount of stiffness, again on every string, but is not hard on the fingers or frets like steel. My only issue here is that I would like a slightly larger C string (maybe).

Tone - I think that my bass would be a pretty good test maching for strings - not a lot of variables. Last night I played backup for an open mic thing, and before the gig I put some slowounds on the Skjold. During the dinner break I literally changed my strings back to the almost two week old Skjolds. Even after two weeks, they had a more natural sounding "zing" to them that made the slowounds sound kind of flat in comparison. I feel that these strings are not a compromise between nickel and steel, but the best of both worlds. However, the main reason for the switch was feel.

Longevity - After 2 weeks or so they are still in great shape. Strigns usually last a while for me, and I expect these to last me at least a month to 6 weeks. I have not noticed a drop off in tone (only 2 gis on them) and they still feel pretty darn new. THe B is solid and not at all dead sounding.

These are good strings. Very very very good strings. I am going to grab some other sets and try them out on some other instruments, but so far, after one set, I'm sold. I don't think I'll be putting anything else on my bubinga bass, that's for sure.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pete put these on my bass last night, so I have only had about an hour on them. While listening to it in the shop I was a little afraid that they might be too zingy for my tastes, but then I remembered that I find Pete's setup in the shop to have a more pronounced high end then my amp at home. When I got home, it was really sounded more like what I prefer. The feel to the strings is definitely great.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm almost positive the guages are 45-65-85-105-128, but Pete will have to verify.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vic wrote:
I'm almost positive the guages are 45-65-85-105-128, but Pete will have to verify.


I think it was 45-60-80-105-128

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pete told me last night that the 'E' is .100 Thats the only one I remember for sure.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh for cryin' out loud... we're all wrong... sheesh... Smile

Somebody call him... I can't right now... Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SmallEQ wrote:
Pete told me last night that the 'E' is .100 Thats the only one I remember for sure.


Then it might be 45-65-80-100-128

I remember two of them ending in "5", two ending in "0" and the 128 B string I am sure of.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are : 32 , 45 , 65 , 80 , 100 , 128 tapered .

They are tension balanced
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So when can I get some? Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will have some by mid January
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, they're really good. You guys should get some.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pete Skjold wrote:
They are : 32 , 45 , 65 , 80 , 100 , 128 tapered .


Nice to see my memory hasn't failed me yet. Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom Bowlus wrote:
Pete Skjold wrote:
They are : 32 , 45 , 65 , 80 , 100 , 128 tapered .


Nice to see my memory hasn't failed me yet. Cool



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The strings are excellent!
Mark Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im moving this post to the accessories forum - just FYI.
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