The Heavy Core Bass Strings line is designed for rock and metal players who like to downtune and dig in to their strings for a huge low end sound. Instead of simply making thicker strings, Dunlop developed specific core-to-wrap ratios that deliver the optimal balance of tone and tension, meaning the strings maintain a natural feel while providing punchy lows, articulate mids and crunchy highs when tuned below E standard.
Heavy Core bass strings are available from Spring 2013 priced at £29.99rrp in the following gauges: Heavy (45-105), Heavier (55-115) and Heaviest (55-120).
Meanwhile, Dunlop's new Tapered B Bass Strings come in 5 and 6-string sets, and feature higher tension for tighter lows, increased sustain and more accurate intonation. The 5-string (£29.99rrp, gauges 45-125) and 6-string (£34.99rrp, gauges 30-130) sets are both available in nickel or stainless steel, so there's something for every type of bassist here.
For six-stringers, Dunlop's Mudslide line is now bolstered by two new Tonebars: the Classic and the ceramic/glass Hybrid.
Ceramic has long been a favoured material among slide players for its rich warm tone on both electric and acoustic instruments, and the Mudslide Classic Style Tonebar (£44.99rrp) brings these qualities to the lap and pedal steel player's world for new and dynamic sounds. A glaze coating over its playing surface increases sustain and provides a smooth and fast surface to glide over the strings.
The Mudslide Hybrid Tonebar combines the singing brightness of glass with the rich and full resonating tone of ceramic. This lightweight tonebar's handle is unglazed bisque, providing a porous and gripping material that absorbs sweat and reduces hand fatigue.
Available from Spring 2013, these new accessories show Dunlop's unfaltering desire to provide musicians with everything they need to get on with making the best music they can – with the best materials available. Make sure you check them out when you next visit your local music store!
Dunlop's extensive accessory range is distributed in the UK and Eire by John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. For more information, visit the JHS website.
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