Today we visited Optima Strings, a German company. The folks there were incredibly nice. They allowed me to re-string my Cunningham RLJS7 bass with there Optima™ Unique Studio Gold Strings. These strings are wound with 24 carat gold. I was a bit skeptical at first, but I decided to have an open mind and try them out. I am so happy I did! Playing on these strings was a bit easier because they have a lighter touch than traditional nickel or steel strings, despite having the same gauge. They also have a very warm tone which was surprising for new strings. Normally I would have to work my stings in a bit by playing a few hours…but not these. Check them out in action in the video below.