NAMM 2015 – Kalium Strings and the Most Insane Basses in the World


If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “hot damn I wish I had some bass strings that I could use to strangle an elephant” then Kalium Strings can hook you up with what you need. Stay tuned to around the halfway point of the video for a .266 gauge string slung across a 40″ scale bass. Yes, that translates to a 13.75 Hz low A note, which means you can tune down a full octave below Fieldy from Korn… among other things.

I’m just going to let this video and it’s basses-to-end-all-basses speak for itself while I imagine how cool it’d be to play through a wall of 810s with some of these instruments. If I threw on an octave pedal would the Earth collapse in on itself?

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.

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  • So most people can’t hear anything below about 20Hz…there’s a pun about playing with feel somewhere in here.

    • Yeah but it depends on the timber of the instrument : harmonics provided are beyond 20Hz, even for the Low 13,75Hz he mentioned in the video.
      One single note doesn’t mean it only provides one note, because all of the harmonics it contains. its simple physics ! So now, imagine if you add effets like an overdrive or distorsion that creates even more harmonics to your single note …

      • Look dude, I know my physics. I wasn’t talking about naturally occurring harmonics. I was talking specifically about the note at 13.75 Hz, which is outside the human audio spectrum. The point was that you couldn’t actually hear that specific note.

        On an aside, I think it would be really cool to plug that puppy in and feel the vibrations pass through your body.

    • You want a pun about playing with feel ? If the logic to not hearing anything below 20Hz was true, these strings would be great for ghost notes … hahahaha

  • Extremely cool to see a company going that low (heh) down the bass spectrum. At some point there’s gonna be a genre using 40″ scale basses and these guys will corner the market on strings for it.

  • Well I was going to ask if his products Djents but he clearly covered that in the video.

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