Discount Bass Guitar Strings for Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Shop bass strings for less at Strings and Beyond. We have a wide range of four- and five-string bass strings for different tastes, preferences and playing styles. You can choose from coated or uncoated, nickel flat wound, round wound, half rounds, phosphor bronze, stainless steel and more. Whether you prefer to pluck, pick, slap or all of the above, we can help you get strings that are made for how and what you play.
The Best Bass String Selection
At Strings and Beyond, you'll find everything you need from flat-wound bass strings for a warm, vintage sound to round-wound strings to bring out a brighter tone. Consider looking into half-round wound strings, which are round wound then ground down for a tone that falls between vintage warmth and round brightness. Or check out tape wound strings with nylon tape wrapped around the wire for a mellow sound and reduced wear on fretless fingerboards.
These are cheap bass strings by price only. You don’t need to take our word for it — just look at the brands we have in stock. We carry Thomastik-Infeld's nickel flat-wound, round-core Jazz Bass strings as well as Ernie Ball Cobalt Slinky electric bass strings with added dynamic range and exceptional harmonic response. The DR DDT series is especially recommended for drop-down tunings, as these bass strings will maintain intonation better than alternatives.
We also offer several products from Rotosound, such as their handmade flat-wound bass strings, nickel round-wound strings and black polymer-coated series strings. D'Addario's nylon tape wound, chrome, nickel wound, ProSteel and half-round electric bass guitar strings are available in different gauges. Other bass guitar string brands we carry include La Bella, Dunlop, Ken Smith, Fender and Elixir. With more than 500 products in stock, the perfect string set is at your fingertips.
Specialty Bass Strings
While four-string and five-string are the most common styles, Strings and Beyond can help you string up any bass instrument. Use our filters to discover strings for a six-string, eight-string and even 12-string electric bass. We also have a large assortment of acoustic bass guitar strings along with strings for the double bass and bass ukulele. You can search for strings based on the scale length, speaking length and much more.
We recommend trying the many winding styles, gauges and coatings until you find the sound that suits you. Check out our Bass Guitar Help Guide for information that will get you started, such as the difference between steel and nickel bass strings.
Still not sure which bass guitar strings are the right choice? Are you a new player who doesn’t know what half the terms we’ve used even mean? Contact us for friendly, knowledgeable advice on choosing bass strings to achieve your full musical potential. Then check out our great deals that make it easy and affordable to experiment with different strings. Plus, all qualifying orders ship free from Strings and Beyond.
Bass Guitar String FAQs
How many strings does a bass guitar have?
A typical bass guitar either has four strings or five strings. There are also eight-string bass guitars with four-string pairs for more of a chorus and ringing effect.
What are the strings on a bass guitar?
The standard strings are E, A, D and G. They are the same notes as the 3-6 strings on an acoustic or electric guitar, but down an octave.
How to change bass guitar strings?
Use the winding peg to loosen the E string until the wrapping relaxes. Then remove the old string, add the new string, tighten it on the tuning post and trim the excess wire. Repeat for each string. You should normally change one string at a time to keep tension in the neck, but it's okay to remove all the strings occasionally so you can clean the fretboard.
Can you put bass strings on an acoustic guitar?
No. For starters, the strings are usually too large to fit through the tuning posts and bridge holes. Even if you could get them through, the bass strings would be too floppy because the scale length of a guitar is so much shorter.
Can you put bass strings on an electric guitar?
Theoretically, you could, especially if you widen the bridge holes and tuning posts. However, the strings would again be too floppy for bass use, and tuning them to guitar tuning would put a lot more tension on the neck.
What is the standard bass scale length?
A four-string bass usually has about a 34-inch scale length and a five-string bass is about 35 inches. However, many manufacturers have shorter options (warmer tones) and longer options (brighter tones). Read our article on Bass Scale Length for more information.