As bass players at Dunlop, we’ve covered lots of ground. We’ve played every kind of string through effects pedals, amps, and recording setups to get the performance edge and modern voice that our gigs—and our instruments—demand.

So when we set out to create our own bass strings, we were determined to create the perfect set for ourselves, our artists, and other bass players. Right from the beginning, we knew we’d have to do something new.


Carving our own path meant taking a fresh approach. Instead of relying on old techniques or studying what had already been done, we began by asking what was possible. Could we make a low-tension string that delivered a bright attack and warm mids? Could we make flatwounds that were more flexible, with a wide low end and a punchy midrange fundamental?

We decided that it could be done—if we put in the work and did it our way, from the ground up. This was the beginning of a multi-year adventure.


While we were deep in the lab, two of the world’s best players came to us looking for a modern and more expressive string. Marcus Miller’s skills as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and composer have earned him two Grammys and the esteem of critics and musicians across genres. He knows about carving his own path, too: After playing clarinet all through college and then switching to saxophone, he realized that he wanted to play bass—not the tall, old-fashioned upright, but the electric bass guitar he was hearing in R&B, funk, and soul.

I realized that’s the thing that was driving a lot of the music,” Marcus says. “I had to fight to get to it.

Like Marcus, Robert Trujillo started out on other instruments before landing on bass. He wanted to be a drummer, but it was only after a stint on a small plastic organ that Trujillo got his hands on a hollow-body 4-string that would set him on his low-end path. “I discovered that the bass had a strong presence in bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath,” he says. Today, Robert is world famous for bringing his aggressive, grinding grooves to hard rock’s greatest acts, including Ozzy Osbourne and, of course, Metallica.

Despite rising to the top of very different genres, Marcus and Robert draw from similar influences. Their heroes—stone-cold legends like James Jamerson, Anthony Jackson, Larry Graham, and Jaco Pastorius—pushed the boundaries to expand their technical and tonal options. Our approach to creating the perfect, modern set of bass strings followed the same spirit.


Fortunately for us, Robert and Marcus had lots to share. Their unique insights, developed in studios and on stages around the world, helped us refine and perfect our processes. But these trailblazing bass players weren’t the only ones who trusted us to make their strings: Feedback from our roster of celebrated artists Michael League, Chris Chaney, Eric Avery, Tim Lefebvre, MonoNeon, Troy Sanders, and many others—also helped us make sure that our strings excelled at everything a professional bassist needed. From players with arena gigs to unsung heroes holding studio tracks together, our friends have been crucial in defining the voice of Dunlop Bass Strings.


Every one of these players channeled their influences and put the work in to sound like themselves. They know what it takes to stand out.

“To have a distinct sound and make your own statement is what we all aspire to achieve,” Robert says. “It just takes time.” Marcus agrees. “You start to trust yourself. If you’re creative, you’ll take some influences, but by the time it goes through your filter, it turns into something completely different.”

We created these strings to help you find the sound and feel that are uniquely yours. If you’re down to put the work in—to put all your influences through your own filter our strings are here to help you carve your own path.