I tried a set of Long Necks (45-130) on a Warwick Streamer LX. I was really surprised how good they sounded right out of the box with the EQ flat. A little more fat bottom than the Pedullas without being flabby and just a little less zing than most steel strings. I throttled back the high end EQ and got damn close to the R&B tone I need, and could also get the original Warwick tone for the DMB and other modern bass tunes tunes by putting high back in. The B string is very growly and tight but also has a lot of classic rock thump without getting flabby if I add a little low end on the bass EQ. The focus and clarity of fundamentals are great, and the notes are very even and 'bass sounding' across all strings, including the 1st string, which most sets do not give me. I see the 130 gauge string is out of production, and the sets now include a 125 instead. I still have 3 sets of TMH5-130, so I have not tried the 125 string to see if it affects some of the low-end punch I have with the 130.
Now, for the cons .... the strings are very tight and have higher tension than even the Sadowski Blacks, which took some getting use to. But the end result is much better string response on slapping and fast staccato passages. You can also drop your action a bit, if that's your goal, without fret rattle because of the extra tension. Sound wise, they come really close to a classic R&B and disco tone with the treble rolled almost completely off even on a maple/bubinga/wenge Warwick, but if you dig in they can still become quite detailed on the high end even with the treble rolled down. Good for versatility if you can control your right hand technique. With the treble dialed up, they can get really bright especially if you have horn tweeters in your bass cabs. Not as bright as High Beams or Dunlop Marcus Miller Super Brights, but pretty damn bright! Use the highs sparingly! So if you like the 3-year-old LaBella or Roto sound, these are not the strings for you!
Hope this helps! :-)
- - Great clarity and focused fundamentals
- - Even string-to-string tone and volume
- - Smoother feel than most steel strings
- - Excellent articulation
- - Seem to sound new longer than other steel strings I have used
- - Higher tension than most other steel strings
- - High end can get very bright
- - No silk wrap to help protect tuning pegs
- Keeps that new string sound for a long time.
- Pricey and hard on frets.
I used these on a Marleaux Constant Custom Bass.
- Will not stay in tune, and. no definition in the lower notes on the E, and B string
These strings fit well with the Fender through-body bridges that are on the U.S. instruments.