Stringjoy Dylan Desmond (Bell Witch) Signature 6 String Bass Guitar Strings
Seattle doom duo Bell Witch have carved a unique niche in the metal scene, utilizing only 6 string bass, drums, and vocals to create a minimal, mournful sonic texture all their own. Their most recent LP, Four Phantoms (Profound Lore) has received praise from fans and critics alike, being named the 3rd best metal album of 2015 by Pitchfork Media.
We reached out to Dylan months ago because we were fans, and we wanted to send him some 6 string bass strings optimized for the tuning he plays in (ACGCFA#). Dylan was kind enough to check them out, and a few weeks later he let us know what he thought:
“I love the strings! They're much more heavy than what I'm used to (whatever pack of 6 is available at whatever store actually carries them!) and that aspect took me a minute to get used to. Once my fingers adapted I've found I'm getting much more rich tones and sustaining notes than what I'm used to. This is how these songs are meant to sound!”
Now we're offering these strings as a custom set so you can get your bass to sound just as heavy as Dylan's. And for a limited time, every set will come with a free Bell Witch patch.
As for the strings, all our bass guitar strings are made from American nickel alloy windings and hexagonal steel core wire. They have a full, resonant low end and a medium top end—not too bright, not too mellow—giving these strings a balanced sonic profile with optimum output.
Bell Witch image courtesy of Stefan Raduta
Gauges: .040 – .055 – .065 – .085 – .120 – .135 (34″ scale)
To put it simply, fresh bass strings, made with quality materials and genuine care just sound and play better.
- Stringjoy bass strings are made by a small team in the USA, out of all American materials: top quality nickel alloy, hand wound around a high carbon round-core steel wire.
- The combination of better materials and more careful craftsmanship creates a more natural-sounding, longer lasting string, without the tone-deadening effects of string coatings.
- We’re known for our quality control. Our strings are wound in small batches, and we use real human beings at every step of the process: the winding, the coiling, the packing, you name it.
- Every string is inspected individually before it goes into your set. If anything is wrong with a string, from the way it’s secured around the ball end, through the entire winding, it doesn’t make the cut.
What does a higher quality set of bass strings mean for you?
✓ Better tuning stability for the life of the string
✓ Longer string life and less breakage, when cared for properly
✓ Smoother, more balanced playability across the neck of the bass
Our guarantee is what we say it is. If anything does not perform to your satisfaction, return it for a replacement or refund. No hassle, no worries.
One last note: Our bass strings have a unique winding style at the tail end (the one that goes around the tuning peg). We use the same winding style as is featured on “silked” strings, but we leave off the silk for maximum cohesion, which leads to better tuning stability. They rule.
Questions? Email us!
“In terms of construction they seemed to surpass most of the other strings I’ve used . . . Tunings also held firmly right out of the gate, lasting several hours of playing on Sunday morning (two church services). Having brand new strings hold a tuning that well isn’t typical.”
“Stringjoy’s custom strings sound and feel like a good set of strings . . . the tone is well balanced and there’s no odd texture or coated feel to the string.”
“Stringjoy is committed to bringing you a high-quality string with a custom, handmade experience.”
“Stringing these up, I immediately liked the feel . . . Good tone, good life and no breakage.”
“High-quality, handmade strings with the added benefit of allowing customers to customize the gauge of each string they order.”
“Hand wound, custom gauge strings for your guitar . . . made just the way you like it . . . so you can shred faces like never before.”
“Low-end really did feel more balanced and the higher end seemed more comfortable to play . . . Overall they seem to be top notch strings.”
“So far, I haven’t had any of the strings break. They sound great, very clear tone…”
“A lot of buyers tend to look for the USA made products, which usually come with the extra quality that the extra checks and balances buys, whether it be a Gibson Les Paul, a Fender MIA strat, or an original NYC Muff. This is where Stringjoy fits in, an American builder in the USA, with all the quality that you can assume comes with that.”
How much does shipping cost?
All US orders ship free, so long as they’re over $20. Alaska and Hawaii too. Simple as that. No tax (except for our fellow TN residents), no extra handling charges, nothing.
We do ship internationally as well, though unfortunately we can’t do it for free, but we get as close to it as we can. There’s some more info on all that at the bottom of this tab.
How long will it take for my order to ship?
Most string and pick orders ship within 2 business days, many within 1 business day (Monday – Friday, minus postal holidays). We want to get your gear out as quickly as possible, but quality is important to us above all, and we will not rush the process.
The most important thing to us is that everything in your order is perfect, and that’s why we take the time to put together and inspect each individual order by hand.
Do you ship outside of the US?
We’ll ship most anywhere in the world. Our site will automatically calculate the shipping costs on the checkout page. We’ve worked really hard to get international shipping costs super low (they start below $3 an order, depending on weight and destination country), and we do subsidize them substantially to keep them that way.
Due to the wealth of country tax and tariff codes the world over, any and all import duties or fees are the responsibility of the purchaser.
Typically, international orders arrive in 1-3 weeks, though occasionally packages will take a bit longer and still arrive safe and sound, so we don’t consider a package to be “lost” until 6 weeks from the shipment date. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or trouble with your order, we’re here to help.