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Hartke HSB550 Bass Strings (Medium 5-String), 3-Pack

Rugged, responsive, and reasonably priced, the HSB550 Bass Strings from Hartke deliver the quality you expect and the playability you need. (7) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Bass players will get nothing less than what they would expect from a Hartke product: Reliability, consistency, and ultra-fast transient response for a brighter, richer, more defined tone. The Hartke Bass Strings come in 12 configurations, including 4 and 5-string sets of XLight, Light, and Medium, available in single and 3-packs. They are long scale, nickel-wound, hex-core strings, with color-coded beads for easy identification. These medium-gauge strings offer great sound across the frequency range, and with a B string included, this set is fantastic for heavy rock and metal (though it sounds good with just about any genre.)

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Gauges: 50, 70, 85, 105, 135
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Single Set
Shipping Weight: 0 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 1 in
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Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 1 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 631-784-2200
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "The best three-fer deal around on bass strings. If you can't make these strings sound good, check your amp settings. There"
Sound: These strings are perfectly competent strings, with their own particular dynamics. They start very bright, settle down nicely in about a week, and last a long time. They have been very consistent for me in this manner. Feature: The best feature is the low price on the three-pack price. These are fine strings for the money. I've seen some cheap strings; these aren't at all what you could normally expect at this price point. There is no status to be had in overpaying. Ease of Use: If you like a bright, cutting, yet airy tone, this string gets it. I even like the somewhat rough texture they have when they're new. It doesn't bother me a lick. Quality: I haven't seen a problem yet, and I've been looking. Value: I play these things everywhere, and my tone is generally recognized as distinctive and good. The three-fer deal on these is exceptional. Manufacturer Support: These strings are almost cheap enough to throw away after every use. What more support is required/ The Wow Factor: Strings have zero sex appeal for me. Strings are tools. I don't go for the hype. Overall: This is a good basic choice in a round wound bass string. Any competent player can make them work.
Style of Music: Rock, Soul, Reggae, Country
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"Thankyou Hartke, thankyou."
Sound: Usually with most strings, you have an overall balance of the tone they aim to provide. Dark and earthy, bright and piano-like maybe. Not with these, you're greeted with an overly bright top end for the bottom 4 strings, great for the odd slap but little else, with the top B string sounding as if you're playing a piece of spaghetti...far too muddy a tone to fit in with the rest of the set, no tightness to the bottom end at all. Feature: Initially, the "nickel wound, hexagonal core" sounds brilliant, a good bright tone that will ease off with finger style. Then you find the blurb on the back of the package relates it to their "ultra fast transient" amplifiers in some way (subtle...) And the tone, as described above, negates the features completely. Even the colour coded ball ends for each string (just in case you happened to mix up the B and G string mid change...right?) were beginning to have the paint scratch off when i opened the packet. Ease of Use: As you may guess I was not at all impressed with the complete lack of uniform tone on these beasties, but hell...what else is an EQ for? Eventually after much coaxing you can get a usable (ish) fingerstyle tone from the things, and even then it all turns to a wallowy mess of bass as soon as you ever consider the dreaded B string. Quality: The colour coded balls were scratched, the finish on the strings towards the bridge was uneven and the things popped out of the bridge several times during tuning up. Value: Admittedly, I will give this particular set the benefit of the doubt when it comes to value, considering it may have simply been a dud batch. I heard somewhere these strings are run offs of the mighty d'addario, so if this is the case...15 pounds for them is not a bad price at all. Manufacturer Support: you have a "HARTKE.COM" website at the bottom, "comments and queries? call: ...." as found on most other string makes are not to be found. The Wow Factor: It's a set of horrendous bass strings. With roughly the same ratable "sex appeal" as a ham sandwhich. What else is there to tell? Overall: I have little to say here, having just purchased another couple of Ernie Ball sets just for continuity...but on a final note, imagine my delight when the festering turd of a B string went on to finish itself by cracking my top nut on my beloved bass. Thankyou Hartke, thankyou.
Style of Music: Techno, Metal, Rock, Funk and Acoustic.
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