Thomastik EB344 Power Bass

E-Bass String Set

  • Gauges: 04, 068, 080, 107

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Strength of the strings 047 - 068 - 080 - 107
Material Steel
Scale Long Scale
Taperwound Yes

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Great string but probably not for everyone.
TrEr, 27.07.2020
I was really surprised by these strings. I was expecting them to be completely different.

First of all, they are a lot more flexible than I would have expected from such high gauge hex core strings. I guess they must have a very thin core or something. I was expecting them to be much stiffer. This is not a bad thing at all. They feel very nice!

The sound was also quite different from what I expected. At first they were extremely bright and zingy. This brightness combined with surprisingly weak lows made a rather poor first impression. But after a couple of hours of use they started developing a very nicely balanced sound. The seemingly weak lows suddenly started to sound perfectly balanced. The zing more or less disappeared but they are still quite bright and aggressive. It's more about upper mid snarl than ultra bright zing though.

The nicely balanced lows is something these strings share with the Thomastik Jazz Rounds (and Jazz Flats too for that matter). At first the lows may seem a bit weak but after some use you realize they are in fact very nicely balanced and other strings almost seem bloated by comparison.

These Power Bass strings are kinda like the angrier, more aggressive, tighter and higher tension cousin of the Jazz Rounds. They do not have the super smooth, organic sound of the Jazz Rounds but the tonal balance is somewhat similar.

I'm really starting to like these strings. I currently have them installed on a passive Fender Precision. They can cut through any mix without problems. The upper mids are really strong and aggressive without being harsh, clanky or strident. The lower mids have a nice powerful THUD in exactly the right place. And the lows, although less powerful than most strings, sit perfectly in a mix.

These strings also have an amazing clarity that makes them absolutely superb for chords. They respond very fast with an almost instant attack that makes them extremely good for fast playing. Anyone playing technically sophisticated prog or fusion will probably love them. But if you're looking for a fat Motown groove you will have to look elsewhere. They are simply not suitable for that type of sound (but then again, no roundwounds really are).

Tuning stability is superb and they feel like high quality strings in every way.

As much as I love them I have a feeling these strings won't be for everyone though. They have a very unique sound that you may or may not like. I suspect a lot of people may be put off by the initial zingy and somewhat thin sound. And for those who like that zingy sound... well it won't last very long.

But anyone looking for a bright, yet zing-free sound with wonderful strong, aggressive mids and perfectly balanced lows should definitely give them a chance. Just don't give up on them until they are properly broken in. They change character COMPLETELY over the first 10-15 hours. Their true tone is VERY different to how they sound out of the box.

Very unique and cool sounding strings. They have a very "modern" and sophisticated sound. Highly recommended but definitely not the best choice for all genres.
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Great sounding strings...
AC, 05.07.2016
These have been great. If you are looking here, you'll be aware of Thomastik Infeld, the Austrian classical string maker of high regard. This is their take on roundwound bass guitar strings. In a sentence, Worth every penny. Great, natural clarity and punch, and the clearest I have ever heard my bass lines. Also, no real nasally zing from the strings, which you might expect with the tonal qualities mentioned.

In short, this is a quality string - from the purple silks, to the service longevity (12 months won't be a problem) and the tone. I will say though tat these operate at quite high tension. If you play ultra-quick lines, these might be a bit stiff. They certainly give my fingers a workout,
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Florian759, 01.11.2009
Der 4-Saitersatz gehört bisher zum Besten, was ich an Nickelsaiten gespielt habe! Und in diesem Fall kann man getrost bestätigen, dass das Produkt hält, was der Name verspricht!

Die Saiten liefern einen unglaublich strammen Basston, der mit viel Fundament in den Bässen, jeder Menge Knurr in den Mitten und Definiertheit in den Höhen brilliert. Die Bässe klingen tief und druckvoll, wobei sie jede Form von Schwammigkeit zum Glück vermissen lassen.

Der Mittenbereich tritt ebenfalls sehr kraftvoll hervor, ohne dabei störend oder nasal zu klingen. Was die Höhen betrifft, die man bei Nickelsaiten schon mal vermissen kann, sind sie hier fast schon so brilliant zu vernehmen, wie bei einer Stahlsaite.

Die Saiten spielen sich, sicher auch aufgrund der Stärke, an die man sich u. U. erst gewöhnen muss, sehr stramm und vermitteln ein sehr direktes Spielgefühl. Dabei geben sie sehr definiert die Feinheiten verschiedener Spieltechniken wieder. Selbst Slapping bringen diese Nickelsaiten problemlos rüber und machen der einen oder anderen Stahlsaite mehr als nur Konkurrenz.
Des weiteren glänzen die Saiten mit unglaublicher Ausgewogenheit, was die Abstimmung der einzelnen Saiten angeht und außergewöhnlicher Haltbarkeit, wobei der Sound wirklich lange frisch und lebendig bleibt.

Auf meinem Jazz Bass von Rock'n'Roll bis Funk meine 1. Wahl!
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Für meinen Sound und meine Spielweise das absolute Optimum!
Fabian aus N., 20.10.2009
Ich hab schon wirklich viele bis alle Saiten getestet.

Persönlich bin ich bei den Thomastik Powerbass gelandet.

Die meisten scheitern am D Tuner (Sowohl EADG als auch auf DADG sauber spielbar). Normale D Saiten funktionieren zwar, allerdings haben mir davon keine Soundmaeßig so zugesagt wie die Thomastik. Der klang ist sehr ausgewogen, hat genug Baesse ohne diese übermaeßig zu betonen. Hoher Attak und niedriges Schnarrpotential durch eine relativ geringe Schwingbreite lassen ein angenehm niedriges Setup zu. Durch das Schwingverhalten ist auch ein schneller Anschlag sehr schön hörbar und praezise machbar, da die Saite nciht sofort weg-schwingt. Kompromisse muss man hier natürlich dann mit der härte der Saiten mache, die Thomastik sind nicht wirklich weich. Slides sind gut machbar, aber vom spielgefühl nicht so angenehm wie bei manch anderen Saiten. Die Lila faerbung der Umwickelten Enden ist gewöhnungsbedürftig aber nicht störend.

Fazit: Teure Saiten, aber bisher die besten (für mich!) die ich finden konnte.
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