FDP Home Page / FDP Forum / FAQ's

The FDP is made possible by the following companies and individual members like you.
Please use the links below to show them we value their sponsorship.

Guitar Center



WD Music

Apex Tube Matching

Jensen Loudspeakers

Advertise here

Antique Electronics Supply

Amplified Parts

Yellowjackets Tube Converters

Musician's Friend

* God bless America and our men and women in uniform *

* Illegitimi non carborundum! *

If you benefit and learn from the FDP and enjoy our site, please help support us and become a Contributing Member or make a Donation today! The FDP counts on YOU to help keep the site going with an annual contribution. It's quick and easy with PayPal. Please do it TODAY!

Chris Greene, Host & Founder



Find musicians
in your area!
  Search the Forums  

FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Flats on a Jazz



Who is E. Sandoval?
May 19th, 2018 07:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a couple of Jazz basses and a couple of Precision basses. I always reach for a Precision first. The P just sounds better to me. I think I'll try a set of flats on one of the Jazzes and see if it makes it more appealing.

Any of you guys use flats on a Jazz? How do you like the tone?

Contributing Member

Wichita, Kansas

Drums = pulse, Bass = heartbeat
May 19th, 2018 09:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like flats on Jazz basses. I don't slap. I don't like clanky basses. I have D'Addario chromes on an MIM fretless Jazz and TI flats on a Yamaha BBG5 (5-string Jazz clone).

BTW,I am also a P-bass guy before anything else.


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
May 20th, 2018 06:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Flats on Jazz basses work just fine. String up with confidence. I use TI flats.


Contributing Member


an acquired taste some may never acquire
May 20th, 2018 09:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use Chromes on everything. They sound and feel better on a bass than rounds, IMO. Rounds are harder on fingers and frets and, more importantly, sound too "piano-like" to me. Plus flats let you forget all about those extraneous, "finger squeak" noises when you're moving up or down the fingerboard.

I also prefer them because I play short scales exclusively (easier on my arthritic hands) and the stiffness of Chromes all but eliminates the "floppy E-string" issue that sometimes happens because of lower short-scale string tension.



Who is E. Sandoval?
May 20th, 2018 09:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll head over to GC and pick up a set of TI flats. I'm venturing into uncharted territory because I have never picked up a Jazz bass with flats on it.


Show Low, Arizona

Bottom Sucker
May 20th, 2018 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

TI flats on all my basses. One set of strings lasts a lifetime.

Contributing Member

Lower Slobovia

Pass me the onions..Yeah, the green ones
May 21st, 2018 04:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think Joe Osborn used flats on a Jazz. Look up his discography and check the songs out on Youtube.

I've used Fender 9050 flats before on a J. Works fine.

Contributing Member


It's A Dry Heat
May 21st, 2018 06:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

TI Jazz Flats here on both my P and J basses.



The Plankster of Love
May 23rd, 2018 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lewis - don't let sticker shock put you off buying TI's. As others have mentioned here, they last for years and years. And be ready for a "hmmm I'm not sure" break-in period, they will feel a bit odd at first.

I just put my last set of TIs (from the old old price) which had been sitting unused, as the basses with them on don't need restringing. I have a new Epi Jack Casady and so far the TIs sound great on it.

TI's on my 1965 P bass - close to 10 years and running.

Chopped down TI's on my old Danelectro shorthorn, the strings came off a Jazz and were on it for well over 5 years, still lots of life on them on the Dano.



May 25th, 2018 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

TI Jazz Flats on one Jazz bass and Labella flats on the other.
TI’s are easy on the fingers, fast and clear but not the deepest lows of the Labella’s . I love the sound of the Jazz with the TI Jazz flats.

FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Flats on a Jazz

Reply to this Topic
Display my email address             Lost your password?
Your Message:
Link Address (URL):
Link Title:

Moderators: Chris Greene  Iron Man  reverendrob  

FDP, LLC Privacy Policy: Your real name, username, and email
are held in confidence and not disclosed to any third parties, sold, or
used for anything other than FDP Forum registration unless you specifically authorize disclosure.

Internet Application Development

Copyright © 1999-2018 Fender Discussion Page, LLC   All Rights Reserved