Geri O wrote:
This may be a little touchy, but have you seen the StringJoy line of strings?
There's a lot of positive feedback on their Facebook page, so I sprung (sprang? I've forgotten all that stuff!) for a $34 set of nickel-wounds and even though I gave them an hour, I was totally under-whelmed.
I put them on my Mike Lull M5V Jazz-style bass and right off the bat, they didn't seem as out-of-the-package bright as even the Ernie Ball Power Slinkies that area my go-tos (which aren't as bright as a lot). In fact, the E string was downright dull, hardly any life at all. And when I did the witness point thing, the B string went totally useless with the flanger-set-to-fast sound, which has never happened with the EBs. NO amount of turning or resetting solved that problem.
I made a custom-gauge order which was close to the Power Slinkies, with one string difference and that was to get all the strings closer in tension. Once installed, I didn't see any big difference in the way they feel from what I was used to. I wish EB published their tension specs, but I like how they feel, play, and sound, and seemingly more so than anything I try.
I would have given the StringJoys a longer test period, but between the nearly-dead E string and the now-unusable B string (which I'll gladly take the fault for), the set was useless, so in an hour, they came off and the 3-day-old Power Slinkies that I had removed went back on. Now we're talking.
I will admit that at 61 years old, I may be resistant to change and set in my ways. Between that and all those reviews I mentioned earlier, I won't tell anyone to not try them. But I was kinda shocked at my experience with them considering all of the above. They offer a 100% money-back guarantee, but I'm not gonna bother them with it. And honestly, that's not the first of my money spent on strings that didn't last an hour on my basses. A friend suggest that they may work better on my Stingray, but over the years, I've used the Power Slinkies on all of my basses with the same great (to me) results, so I'm not inclined to go with that idea.
Anyway, that was my experience with the StringJoys. I wish them well and salute them for their efforts.