U-Bass strings

We have a lot of topics about bass strings, but I did not find one about U-Bass strings.

My Kala Journeyman came with roundwounds, but I would like to try the rubber strings. I find rubber/polyutheran strings for prices from ~15 to 60€ and would like to know if someone has a recommendation or advises against a specific product.

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I’ve never played them but the rubber strings I have heard on them sound amazing, a whole lot like an upright. Looking forward to hearing what you think.

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Seems the Road Toad Music Pahohoe are the only polyutheran product (there are other rubber materials from different brands) and as far as I can tell those were the strings reviewed in videos I saw.


Ordered now.
Would still value input of other U-Bass owners about strings anyway :wink:

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I have a Kala P bass with these on it.
Yes, they are really the only ones you want to get.
They are great

They sound absolutely amazing.
A couple things to note…

  • they take forever to settle in, they are rubber after all you have to retune a lot for a long time. In this case, you do need to pre-stretch these a lot BEFORE you put them on. They literally wont fit and you will struggle trying to get them on. Enjoy the workout
  • there is an odd little snap/snip sound when you pluck from the surface tension of the string, it bothers some people, just know its ok. Some suggest putting resin etc on your fingers, I think its a little much, its part of the sound.

You really get a wonderfully warm, upright thud.
Here’s a cover I did with them.

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Thanks for the information. Much appreciated.

Yeah, the Thomann youtube channel recommended that but I think I won’t be too bothered by it.

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@John_E I just listened to that cover and left a comment along with a little personal story about that song.

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I tried the steel strings on my Hutch Hutchinson signature but the action was still too high so I switched to Aguilar red thunder gut. They are quite awesome. Ended up putting them on the sold body as well. A lot less finger noise than pahoho.

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