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Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Aug 29th, 2016 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have DR Silver Stars rounds with thin coating and love them on my 5 string EXP LTD B-5

I have TI Jazz Flats on one Fender Jazz Bass and absolutely love them

I have Fender 9050's on the other Jazz bass and considering 760 FS or FL's.

Which do you guys recommend 760 FS or FL (considering I have 9050's on it). I want good low end but with clarity. No muddiness


edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

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Aug 31st, 2016 05:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently took a spin with some La Bella flats. Threw the packaging away, however, I remember these as the "low tension" flats the company is offering.

I like them very much. TI flats are still my favorite, with the La Bellas a decent second.

I have them on my Custom Shop 57 P. The gauge is the set with the .100 E. The tension is as advertised.

George

cisco

Show Low, Arizona

Bottom Sucker
Aug 31st, 2016 09:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

TI flats for life on all my basses. No other flats can compare for tone and longevity. They will never need to be changed.

Steve Boisen

Florida

Sep 12th, 2016 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Which do you guys recommend 760 FS or FL (considering I have 9050's on it). I want good low end but with clarity. No muddiness"

I prefer the 760FL. I found the 760FS set a bit too stiff feeling. The sound is pretty similar, although I thought the 760FL set was a tad brighter out of the package. Both are pretty tradtional sounding flatwounds. Not muddy, but dark and smooth sounding.

- Steve

(This message was last edited by Steve Boisen at 09:42 PM, Sep 14th, 2016)

Bubbalou
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Sep 14th, 2016 06:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Steve

hushnel
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Sep 14th, 2016 08:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My recent 30" scale build the TI flats didn't cut it. The G string's tension was too low. I put them back in the package for another time and used the GHS Precision Flats.

The problems went away. These strings take forever to break in. The set I put on the Bisonic Bronco about a month ago are starting to sound pretty good. My 1980 P-Special has the TI flats as well as two fretless basses and the Rouge VB-100.

If I could get the TI with a .045 or a bit higher G, I'm sure it would work fine. The shorter scale fretless needs more tension.

rwb
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Sep 14th, 2016 10:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Taildragger - you have a Dub King too! I just got one, and the very first day I put an old set of TI's on. Right away, ready to play...big sound!

(This message was last edited by rwb at 12:11 PM, Sep 14th, 2016)

Bubbalou
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Sep 15th, 2016 07:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OK, I love my TI Jazz Flats and they will not come off the Fender Jazz bass they are on but I had to see what all the fuss is about the Labella flats so I have a set of Labella 760 FL's coming tomorrow and I will put them on my other Fender Jazz Bass that has Fender 9050's on it. Looking forward to this. What I heard on a Youtube video I liked.


Te 52

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Sep 19th, 2016 12:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ran across this much-better-than-average comparison video on youtube (link). I like that the samples are no longer than necessary, that he doesn't try to show off, and that there's none of the usual blathering commentary. Check it out.

External link (corrected)

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 01:06 PM, Sep 22nd, 2016)

iammr2

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Sep 19th, 2016 08:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Uh...Te52?...you sendin' us fishin'?

Steve Boisen

Florida

Sep 19th, 2016 08:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bubbalou,

I think you will find that the 760FL set has a bit more tension than the Thomastik's...a good thing, as I found the Thomastik Jazz Flats too soft. They are also smoother to the touch and more traditional in tone. I've tried just about every flatwound electric bass string on the market and I always come back to this set.

- Steve

Bubbalou
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Sep 19th, 2016 10:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Steve you are correct about the tension being a good thing. After using and comparing them to TI Jazz Flats (A/B'd on 2 Fender Jazz Basses) I have found they have a decent tone like many classic songs I play and listen to. Excellent Tonal Balance string to string. Good feel, Tension works well with songs that I had trouble with on the TI's. They also allowed for lower saddle height and straighter neck profile (only slight bow). These are definitely better than the Fender 9050's. The TI Jazz Flats have a little sweeter tone to me, admittedly playing in Bedroom environment. In a live situation I suspect no one would notice that. I really like them and they will stay on this Jazz Bass and I plan on leaving the Thomastik-Infield's on the other Jazz Bass. I think the more I play them the more I will like them.

Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Sep 19th, 2016 10:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

TE-52 your link shows lead weights not a string comparison video

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Sep 20th, 2016 06:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't use Fender flats because they have too much tension for my old fingers.

TI flats are amazing everywhere, from the bedroom to the studio to the stage.

George

Bubbalou
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Sep 20th, 2016 06:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

George, I find the Labella 760 FL's .043-.104 to be almost as comfortable as the TI's. They are certainly on the low end of the tension of 760's but provide just enough. My fingers are not getting tired like they were with Fenders but TI's still win (by a small margin in my present experience)on lower tension. Maybe they feel good because I could lower the action. Not sure yet but I like them. They are in addition to and will not replace my coveted TI Jazz Flats

Bubbalou
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Sep 21st, 2016 05:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

After playing the bass with the 760 HL's for a few days I picked up the bass with the TI Jazz Flats. Maybe it is a combination of TI Jazz Flats and Aguilar AG-4J-HC Pickups but it is just plain magical to me. I was able to play many of the songs with little trouble. Maybe I am getting used to the TI Jazz flats but I am just not having the floppiness problem (at least to no great extent).
Don't get me wrong I like the Labella's but ......

Te 52

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Sep 22nd, 2016 11:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Whoa, my apologies, gentlemen. Here is the correct...

...link

urby
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Not quite my tempo
Sep 22nd, 2016 12:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I prefered the sound of the Labellas on that vid.

Bubbalou
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Sep 22nd, 2016 01:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Urby, in that video Using a P bass and whatever EQ he is using, I have to agree with you on the Labella strings sounding best. On my Jazz bass the TI's do not sound anything like that. On the video they sound "farty"

Bubbalou
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Sep 23rd, 2016 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hate to keep beating a dead horse but after playing the Jazz with Labella's today I have come to the conclusion that Labella's with S-1 series Pickup switch engaged (more like a P bass tone than a standard Jazz) are really nice. I think they do well on a P bass while I like the TI's on a Jazz bass. At least that's my take on it. They do well for finger style or Pick

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