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Deep

K..K...K...Katmandu!

That's really really where I'm from!
Nov 13th, 2015 06:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So yesterday for the very first time I put on a set of Labella 760 FS's .45-.105 flats on my 62 RI P-bass!

What a tone! What smooth feel! I'd always played the P with rounds. I love how smooth the feel is over the fretboard, no string squeaks at all and the tone is thumpy n thick and the feel is honey like viscous! I read that people thought this set was a bit high in tension compared to the 760FL but i feel quite comfortable with these strings. Sounds great for old school sound and classic rock and old pop for which I intend to use the bass for. Also put a foam near the bridge and Im now a flatwound convert! Never going back to rounds ever and not changing these flats for at least a decade!

Anyone care to mention some flatwound string maintenance tips for good tone and longevity please? Thank you!


6G6

Texas

Fender power to the people!
Nov 13th, 2015 07:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There are some who will tell you to eat a bucket of fried chicken before you play, to give them a
'protective' coating. ;^D

Dolemite
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What It Was!

smells like Persian cab driver ass
Nov 13th, 2015 09:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just wipe em down. Welcome to Jamersonville.

Taildragger
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USA

"bald to the bone"
Nov 13th, 2015 09:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You're preaching to the choir in my case, Deep.

First order of business upon getting my last 3 basses was to replace the factory rounds with flats. Flats just sound and feel way better to me.

All my basses are short scales, so the relatively high tension of D'Addario Chromes keep the strings (especially the E) from feeling too "floppy".

No finger squeak, less "clank", "bassier" sound: what's not t'like?

Maybe rounds would be preferable if you want to do a bunch of "guitar-ish" soloing with a lot of bending and so on, but since my playing is pretty "basic" and more in line with the traditional role of the instrument, it's flats for me!

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Nov 13th, 2015 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yup! I started out on a Precision with flats in the early 70's and went back to them in about 2001. I had forgotten how good they sound until a guest worship band came to the church where I was on the worship team. The bass player had an old p-bass with flats. After the first couple of notes, I realized THAT was the sound in my head. I bought a p-bass a couple of weeks later and almost immediately put TI flats on it.

I now run flats on:
Fender Hot-rodded American Precision
Fender American P5
Sting Artist Precision
Fender Mexican fretless Jazz
Yamaha BBG5 jazz clone.

I keep rounds on a G&L L2500 and a Musicman Sub 5 in case I need something brighter, which is not very often. I'm not a zing or slapping kind of guy. I don't solo. I don't want to sound like a lower pitched guitar. I want thump and groove.

Jazz basses also sound great with flats.

Don't EQ out the low mids. Let them be heard. That is the meat of the sound. Try to get your sound guy to keep the bass drum out of your frequencies.

Deep

K..K...K...Katmandu!

That's really really where I'm from!
Nov 13th, 2015 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great to hear all the raves from flatwounds users. Im still learning its nuances. Keep 'em coming.

Taildragger
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"bald to the bone"
Nov 13th, 2015 02:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got flats on...

...these:

Taildragger
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USA

"bald to the bone"
Nov 13th, 2015 02:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

...and on...

...this:

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E NC

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Nov 13th, 2015 05:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got some 13 year old flatwound LaBellas on my MIJ '83 SQ Squier. A FDP member sent them to me in 2005.

The sound and feel of my bass reminds me of an old '66 I once borrowed for a few gigs

cisco

Show Low, Arizona

Bottom Sucker
Nov 13th, 2015 05:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got TI Jazz Flats on 15 basses. No roundwounds ever!!!!

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Nov 13th, 2015 06:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nothing but TI flats since '82. If it's a P-Bass, J-Bass, EB-3, or a 4003s flats are the way to go. Especially with an old tube amp.

(This message was last edited by kart24 at 12:49 AM, Nov 21st, 2015)

ilan

127.0.0.1

Nov 14th, 2015 02:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was a big TI JF344 fan until my luthier gave me an Ernie Ball flats set (2808 Group IV) to try. Perfect in every way. And just over a third of the price of TI's.

tom house

Minnesota

Nov 14th, 2015 07:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Currently have Chromes (45-100) on three basses, a set of 9050 Fender flats on one, and a set of Sadowsky flats on another ... I keep a set of very old Dean Markley flats on hand as well ... I went through a flatwound 'testing' phase a few years back, where I actually purchased several identical basses to be able to keep the strings on for a decent time period to evaluate ... some of the others tested were, LaBella's, Pyramid Golds, EBalls, DR's, and TI's that I can remember ... I tended to keep going back to the Chromes (once broken in well), so they became my main 'go to' ... if I were to replace one of the sets, it would probably be the Fender's with a version of LaBella ...

Bottom line, not all flats are the same, and the bass you are playing can determine what flats work/sound best on it ... I play as much by feel though, and actually find that my fingers seem to 'drag' more on nickel strings than stainless ...

.. welcome to the flatwound world ... most still think the world is round .. ;)

iammr2

Lower Slobovia

Pass me the onions..Yeah, the green ones
Nov 14th, 2015 03:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Been using flats for a long time, mostly on P's. Mostly Fender 9050's. Down to one P now, a single-coil, and it has DR flats on it. Me likey!

(This message was last edited by iammr2 at 11:51 AM, Nov 15th, 2015)

Lewis

USA

Who is E. Sandoval?
Nov 14th, 2015 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

ilan,
Are those ernie balls's real floppy?

ilan

127.0.0.1

Nov 15th, 2015 04:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A little tighter than TI's but still considerably less tension than Chromes.

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Chain Smokin'

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Nov 15th, 2015 08:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have Pyramid and TI flats on my basses. Love 'em because they help hide my crappy technique (noisy fangers) and they sound great for me.

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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Nov 15th, 2015 10:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Got TI Jazz Flats on 15 basses. No roundwounds ever!!!!"

Wow, you have quite a sum in Jazz Flats going there." ;)

ilan

127.0.0.1

Nov 16th, 2015 01:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

@Bubbalou: Flatwounds will last almost a lifetime, while rounds have to be changed every few weeks.

themaestro
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Drums = pulse, Bass = heartbeat
Nov 16th, 2015 07:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Flatwounds will last almost a lifetime..."

One of my Precisions has had the same set of TI flats on it for 14 years. I play it regularly a church and in a big band. They are the cheapest strings I have ever bought.

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