Thomastik Spirocore Double Bass Strings, SET

By Thomastik

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4/4 scale (110cm), Medium tension
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3/4 scale (106cm), medium tension.
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Spirocore strings have a flexible multiwire spiral rope core which results in a longer vibration period with reduced inertia. They are highly responsive and long lasting and are ideal for both pizzicato and bowing. Widely regarded as the reference standard in double bass strings.


  • Steel rope core
  • All sizes
  • Made in Austria

Customer reviews:

Rating Summary
25/08/2011 16:22
Brighton, United Kingdom


Spirocore Light, (Weich), very nice strings
10 out of 12 found the following review helpful

Pros: I got the light, (weich), set. Still loud, like the normal, (medium) set but not harsh or metallic sounding. They are much easier on the fingers due to the very low tension, (several pounds pull less on each string than most other sets). They bow very easily with a warm clear sound, very expressive. Pizz playing, which I do mostly they give a clear round fundamental tone, but with good 2nd and 3rd harmonics present, making for a fat round sound. So overall they play like gut strings but sound fatter and rounder and bigger. Very warm and clear.

Cons: None really.

Other: If you are used to playing gut strings, then these light spiros will feel very slim under the fingers. However they are very elastic and flexible like the gut.

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19/06/2012 20:33
Letchworth, United Kingdom


Thomastik equals Fantastik
5 out of 6 found the following review helpful

Pros: Nice full round sound. Easy to play. Good pizzicato - have not done bowing yet.

Cons: My set of strings did not arrive with a complementary bottle of Remy Martin Cognac.

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Tom D
21/05/2019 18:05
Cornwall, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Brilliant strings for jazz & pizzicato work
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: I’ve been using Spirocores for a few years now. They produce a lovely bright pizzicato tone with plenty of “bite”, and work very well for jazz playing. They retain their character well as they age, too. I’m sure there are better strings for arco work, but they work just fine for my purposes.y

Cons: The only drawback really is the price. Thankfully us double bassists don’t get through strings as fast! You do get what you pay for, though.

Other: The last pack I ordered had a “dead” G string - String Zone were most prompt and helpful about sending me a replacement and getting the faulty one back to them. Top customer service.

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28/02/2018 16:00
Leatherhead, United Kingdom


Good all round strings
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Good all round strings

Cons: None

Other: I was using a set of medium tension strings that I found just too difficult to work, so I feel weichs are a must for beginners. These are good for piz and arco.

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26/10/2011 19:32
Hereford, United Kingdom


They sound great and have excellent tension
2 out of 3 found the following review helpful

Pros: They sound great and have excellent tension

Cons: none

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19/11/2021 01:05
Southsea, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Great strings, great service.

Pros: The strings arrived ahead of schedule, well packaged. I've used Thomastik medium gauge strings for about 20 years but thought I'd try light gauge partly because of age-related issues with my left hand. I wish I'd done it years ago. They're not only easier to play, they sound better. In fact the very sound I've always wanted but never quite had with medium gauge.

Cons: It's sometimes not a clean start bowing the E string. I'm hoping to find a way to overcome that.

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13/03/2021 12:03
Wallington, United Kingdom


Great strings

Pros: As a beginner of 40 years and with a few sets of Thomastik Spirocore strings now behind me, I am delighted with my first light set, just as responsive for my Jazz and Bluegrass work, and feel the lighter tension kinder to my 1890 bass.

Cons: No gripes from me

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11/12/2015 19:07
Bradford, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Great double bass strings!

Pros: Quality Strings - great quality, easy to play, great sound.

Cons: Not cheap!

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07/09/2015 16:48
Upper Beeding, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

I love Thomastik Spirocores

Pros: Great strings - excellent for jazz pizz. Work ok for arco, too. Love these strings and have the equivalent on my two bass guitars as well. Thomastik strings rock.

Cons: None - as far as I am concerned.

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Eistrophe Smith
14/07/2015 18:35
Bristol, United Kingdom


Spirocore, a classic all round double bass string

Pros: I purchased the strings for my electric upright bass and found them to work pretty well on it. I used to use Spirocore hybrid strings because, although I'm a jazz bassist, I do a lot of bowing and thought a hybrid string was the best option. I found the classic Spirocore works much better and responds to the bow movement quicker.

Cons: Can't see any particular down side to them, excluding the price of strings in general.

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