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La Bella Electric Bass Double Ball Stainless Steel Flat Wound Light, .043 - .104, Steinberger, S500L

La Bella Electric Bass Double Ball Stainless Steel Flat Wound Light, .043 - .104, Steinberger, S500L
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40% Recommend this product (2 of 5 responses)
By Tim
Great sound
February 25, 2021
These strings were just what I needed. The sound is fantastic. Thanks
By Tom W.
Glen Allen Virginia
Best choice for my headless bass.
November 8, 2019
Double ball strings are required for my PBC 4 string fretless.. I use the flat wounds. I play this bass about 5 hours weekly and usually change strings once yearly unless we are recording. These strings stay vibrant and have great sustain. Although the choices of double ball strings are somewhat limited, I use the same brand and gauge on my Warwick Corvette.
  • Great sustain, long lasting with great tone.
  • Pricey but worth it
By Joint C.
Fit Perfectly!
August 4, 2013
These S500L's fit perfectly on my Blake Steinberger copy. No modification required. The playability is much improved over the original round wounds, and the sound is full, deep, and rich. An amazing upgrade for about $50.
By Julian
worth it
July 16, 2011
These strings fit perfectly on my Steinberger Spirit XZ, though I do keep it tuned down a whole step. Excellent sound and feel -- a real improvement over other double ball-end strings I've used on this bass, assuming you like flatwounds. I was initially hesitant due to price and the possibility that they wouldn't fit this model, but have no regrets now.

Finger noise is reduced, as with any flats.
By Steve
July 19, 2010
These strings sound great and most important they fit my Spirit XT-25 with one exception. La Bella and JustStrings make no claim that they will fit the made-in-China Steinbergers, but they are close enough to use. I had to shim the D string at the headstock by winding a bit of thread around the string next to the ball. The other four strings were perfect and the D string was just a millimeter or two too long to tune perfectly with low action. The thread easily soaked up that gap.

I only use flats or nylons on my basses and like the La Bellas very much, especially on this bass. These are heavy high tension strings which tends to accentuate the long sustain that neck-thru Steinbergers. have Also the zero fret design makes it easy to set the action super low which these strings (and your fingers) will like. Because of the tension and stiffness they will not buzz even with very low action.

For my other basses I would probably go with the lighter strings vs the medium. I've tried the medium and the 1954 Original Jamersons. The Jamersons sound great but are too hard for me to play. The mediums are better but the lights are probably most similar in feel to other brands of flats.

If you have never tried flats, you might want to experiment with cheaper strings to see if you like the sound and feel. If you do like flats, you owe it to yourself to try a set of La Bellas. Very deep tone, long sustain, heavy gauge, high tension. They are expensive but flats last forever.






1st G

Double Ball End Stainless Steel Flat Wound



2nd D

Double Ball End Stainless Steel Flat Wound



3rd A

Double Ball End Stainless Steel Flat Wound



4th E

Double Ball End Stainless Steel Flat Wound




"Developed by La Bella's president Richard Mari Cocco with Ned Steinberger, these strings have been manufactured to exact specifications for Steinberger's revolutionary headless instruments. The La Bella company are the legitimate makers of these patented Double Ball System strings which are specifically required for guitars and basses by Arbor, Burnside, Cort, Hohner, Lotus, Mach I and Status. Steinberger S Series Double Ball guitar strings may be used for the 'Transposing-Tremolo' model guitar, however, for the best results we recommend the ST or STP Series calibrated sets."



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