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New Dean Markley bass strings take the strain

Dean Markley’s latest bass strings, the SR2000 set are different by design, the company says. Using a compound winding, with the exception of strings smaller than .050, they are made with compound winding in smaller incremental sizes of premium quality wire. The winding directions are reversed between layers to cross-hatch the covers, claimed to make the string smoother.
The company says that using smaller incremental wire for the wraps allows Dean Markley to use more layers. More layers mean more mass, it adds: ‘Dean Markley uses three covers at thicker gauges like .095 and four covers at .120 – many other manufacturers simply use thicker wire and get away with less wraps. The core wire dictates the playability of the string. The way a string is wound will dictate how long it lasts – and how it sustains, the smaller wire wrap gauges improve the mass and feel. The only other element involved is the quality of the material and here there are no compromises’.
The new strings come in Light (L), Medium Light (ML), Medium Custom (MC) or Medium (MED) gauges for 4-string, 5-string, or 6-string bass, and in MC for 7-string bass.


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