AS A FREQUENT USER OF DUNLOP’S standard range of bass strings (mostly nickels), and a long-time peer of bad-ass bass player Darryl Anders— the man at Dunlop most deeply involved in the development of the Super Brights—I was anxious to get my hands on some. After throwing both nickel and steel sets on a number of basses, ranging from a ’75 Fender Jazz to a crisp and modern Fodera NYC, I can happily report that the Super Bright line represents an important new sonic and tactile addition to Dunlop’s extensive string line.
Compared to the standard Dunlop strings, two key differences emerged with the Super Brights. First, they are remarkably low tension. They feel bouncy, responsive, and flexible. They pop with a satisfying thwack and have a generally loosey-goosey feel that’s especially satisfying with slap techniques. The other key difference is the overall broader frequency response of the Super Brights. Their bottom end is big but taut and controlled, there is a healthy amount of upper-midrange color, and the highs shimmer with a solidly aggressive sizzle (more so on the stainless steel set, natch).
Fans of strings that really allow you to dig in and wring out tone, without the effort sometimes required on tauter strings, should definitely drop 20 bucks on a set. They are not for everyone, but if you slap a lot, appreciate big and broad frequency response, and like a pliable feel, you will not be disappointed with the Super Brights.
Dunlop Super Bright Strings
Street $20–25, depending on configuration
Pros Big and burly lows, colorful mids, and a well-polished top-end
Construction Nickel- or steel-plated roundwound strings with hex core
Made in U.S.A.