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

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?

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Wichita, Kansas

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

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  

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


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

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  

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  

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

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Lower Slobovia

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

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.

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

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



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

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  

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.

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After 30 years, I should play better.
Jun 23rd, 2018 09:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I moved from TIs to Pyramid.

Both are great.



The Plankster of Love
Jun 24th, 2018 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Slightly aside from the flats question... I just converted my Jazz (it's a Nash, with Lollars, but otherwise stock Jazz wiring) to SERIES...bypassed the second volume pot.

This - to me as a primarily P-bass enthusiast - is a HUGE improvement - it gets rid of the hum issues, and it doubles or even triples the output. I get not just greater signal, but the tone pot is much more responsive... maybe some of you electronics guys can explain why.... it's almost like having an active bass, but still feels very old school



Fender power to the people!
Jun 25th, 2018 07:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you have a pair of Ps and a pair of Js, string one of each with flats. :^D

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Jun 25th, 2018 07:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

After I revamped my MIM jazz (60's RI laquer body, Apollo pickups, Gotoh bridge) I only restrung it with Roto 66's. This thread has inspired me to put on an old set of GHS Stainless flats. If I wasn't just a recording bass player of course I'd have 2 P and J's.

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Jun 30th, 2018 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’v used TI Flats on the Pbass for as long as I can remember. Flats on 4 of my other basses three of which are homemade fretless and my first bass the old ‘65 Framus, Chuck Rainey told me the Atlantik Framus is a cool bass and I should hang on to it.

I picked up A guild Starfire a couple of years back and left the rounds on it. The sound of this bass, in the mix, is amazing, I regret I didn’t have it with me when we recorded in Miami back in January. From now on the P and Guild will go with me to any future studio recording.

I had a Jazz for a short time, didn’t have it long enough to try the flats.



Jul 6th, 2018 07:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ok, I previously mentioned I like TI Jazz Flats and still do. Also mentioned I liked and use LaBella Flats .45-.105. I found a Labella string I like much better than the typical Labella flats.
It is Labella low tension flats .42-.100’s. They are not as low tension as TI’s but are in between TI’s and regular Labella’s. They have a round core like TI Jazz Flats which exibits a lower tension than the Hex Core by allowing the outer windings to slide some. When I got them I was not expecting much out of https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LTF-4A--la-bella-ltf-4a-low-tension-flexible-flats-bass-strings-4-stringthem but what I found is they have good low end but with more clarity and are more balanced than the regular Labellas in string to string tone. That shocked me (happily of course) :)
They cost a little more than the Standard Labella’s but $25 or more less than TI’s. As far as longevity that remains to be seen. Nothing I have found beats TI Jazz Flats in Longevity as they are known to last 5-8 years depending on external factors (Body acid, how much a person plays them etc). If these last 1-2 years I will be happy as for me they are the greatest sounding and playing string I have found thus far.
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Jeff Scott

On a spinning rock

Jul 6th, 2018 11:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here is my former '03 AV '62 Jazz Bass with fresh TI Jazz Flats on it. These were impromptu jams from a band I was in years ago.

Dinner at Koko's

(This message was last edited by Jeff Scott at 01:44 AM, Jul 7th, 2018)

Jeff Scott

On a spinning rock

Jul 6th, 2018 11:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Time for Intermission


(This message was last edited by Jeff Scott at 01:50 AM, Jul 7th, 2018)

Jeff Scott

On a spinning rock

Jul 6th, 2018 11:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Finally, we've made it to Grand Central Station!

Grand Central Station

(This message was last edited by Jeff Scott at 01:48 AM, Jul 7th, 2018)



Jul 7th, 2018 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

What I failed to mention the LaBella low Tension Stainless steel round core flats also have some punch and smooth highs. For those who have never used round core dtrings it is important to bend a sharp 90 degree near the end at the point it goes into the hole in the tuner. This keeps the windings from slipping and unraveling

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