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Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Aug 1st, 2018 06:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I have worked with TI JF-344 Jazz flats for years and in the past 12 months I have gone boldly forth to try other strings, both flats and rounds, to find something comparable.

Didn't happen.

Just saying."

Well George, once again you are right. I like the sound of the Labella Low tension strings but they are little more tension than this old man with arthritis in fingers wants to do consistently so I am putting the TI's on the Fender Jazz Bass with the slim C Fender American Pro neck with Rosewood Fingerboard as it will be my Main bass and the Labella Low Tension flats on the Fender Standard Jazz Bass with Maple fret board. Don't get me wrong this Fender Standard Jazz I got from Sweetwater is the best non carbon rod neck I have ever played, good tuning stability with no dead frets but the slim C neck on the Pro neck was exactly like the 2011 Fender American Special I loved but had to sell for personal reasons.



HeavyDuty
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Not very bright but does lack ambition
Aug 1st, 2018 06:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

T-I flats just don’t work for me, I’ve tried them on a few basses. I’m a dedicated flats player (I just installed my first rounds in years on two basses for a change of pace), but I need weight and tension - T-Is are just too wiggly for me. Great tone, thought!

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Aug 1st, 2018 09:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

"T-Is are just too wiggly for me"

Have heard this often, so have never tried TIs. All my basses are shorties so I'm worried that the TI "E" might be too squirmy if they are low-tension. Many rave about the tone, but because they are so costly, it would be an expensive experiment for me if they wound up not feeling right (which I expect would be the case).

So I stick with Chromes.

J. Gary

USA/ Detroit, MI.

Aug 4th, 2018 07:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Tried a lot of strings over the last couple hundred years, typically fly round wounds. Used a P Bass with T-i flats this weekend, love the smooth sound & feel. Best all round bass string I have used.

(Hmm, there may be a pun in there somewhere ;-)

hushnel
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Aug 5th, 2018 10:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

For the past 20 years or so I’ve used them exclusively. Recently I’ve wanted a different sound, I still have them on my old P-bass and the ‘fretless Cuban” my first home made bass. I’m using roundwounds on the Guild and the 5 string. Sometimes I just want to hear brighter tones.

Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Aug 6th, 2018 06:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

The only round wound String I really like are DR Silver Stars. The reason is I too like the sound of round wounds on my string but not finger noise (yes I can get used to lifting my fingers if I play that way for a while ) the thin nano coating helps that without losing more than 10% of the sound but frankly I enjoy playing with flats these days due to bouts of Arthritis in my fingers

rwb

Canada

The Plankster of Love
Aug 6th, 2018 07:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

@ Taildragger - I recently took an old set of TI's off a P bass, cut them down very carefully, and installed them on my 62 Danelectro Shorthorn.

Now, not only was this questionable due to short scale, but keep in my Dano tuners are almost the size of guitar tuners!

It worked great!

Peegoo
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Aug 8th, 2018 07:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have them on my two basses (a Gretsch short scale 4 and a Lakland P-bass clone 4).

I know you guys use them to achieve a certain feel and sound.

My reason is different: I'm a terrible bass player, and the flats go a long way toward concealing my poor technique. Round-wound strings make my bass playing sound like a transmission that needs a rebuild (Squeak! Clank clank clunk!). Flats are nice and quiet and smooth under my wimpy guitar-player fingers.

I tried Pyramid flats too, but they had a stiffer feel. The TIs have a slinkier feel and work better for me.

Bubbalou
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Aug 24th, 2018 09:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Broke down and bought a set of TI JF-344 flats for my other Jazz bass because I like the feel and sound. Much easier on problematic old fart fingers.

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 07:09 AM, Aug 25th, 2018)

Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Aug 28th, 2018 08:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Put the TI JF-344’s on my other Fender Jazz with New American Pro Neck. Now to play it enough to loose that new string zing ;)

Peegoo
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Aug 29th, 2018 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

New String Break-in Instructions:

1. Install the strings.

2. Eat a plate of fried chicken. Don't wash your hands afterward.

3. Play your bass.

:o)

Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Aug 30th, 2018 11:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sounds Great Peegoo except I would have to chug a pint of draino to clear my veins LOL ;)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Sep 11th, 2018 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

Like many of you, I have played a million bar rooms and taverns. Starving after the gig was over at 2 a.m., as we were preparing to pack our gear off the stage to our cars, there would be this mad dash to the bar for anything eatable.

The wait staff working the bar would often say, "Well, the kitchen's closed, but I could do you some chicken strips."

YES!

Often, when someone would approach me at a gig to tell me he/she liked my tone and asked what I did to get it, I would smile and proudly say:

"Chicken strips.

"Let the grease stay on your fingers."

George

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 09:12 AM, Sep 11th, 2018)

themaestro
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Sep 11th, 2018 07:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

"JF 344’s are known to last 5- 8 years"

I have a couple of basses that have been wearing their TIs for about 18 years. They still sound good and have no intonation problems. Both get played regularly.

My only issue with them is that I have trouble trying to slap them. Luckily, the extent of my slapping is throwing in a couple of notes here and there.

My 2nd choice for flats are Chromes. Different, but also good. They have a stiffer feel, a little sharper attack and sound a little scooped.

digiboy

New York City

Sep 11th, 2018 07:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Chicken strips.

"Let the grease stay on your fingers."

I recall a similar remark, maybe in some article. I'm guessing it was about Jamerson. Wasn't he notorious for having old greasy dirty strings he never changed and ridiculous high action? If not him, some other well known "old schooler."

hushnel
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Sep 11th, 2018 08:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think I heard that about Jaco. I never meet him, he was a local guy and many of my friends knew him a few even worked and recorded with him. If I recal right it was fried chicken wings.

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Sep 20th, 2018 05:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

digi...you're right about JJ.

George

Bubbalou
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Sep 24th, 2018 07:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Lol, sounded mental ;)
But Jamerson was a phenomenal player

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 09:20 PM, Sep 24th, 2018)

Laker

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Sep 24th, 2018 08:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I haven’t played flats on a bass for 50 years or so and recently put a set of Rotosound flats on my MM Stingray 5. So far, I like the reduced stress on my fingertips vs the regular Rotosound strings I’ve played for many, many years, but the sound is really dead and unexciting compared to what I am used to. Will the Thomastik-Infeld flats bring a little life to the bass or are they also the typical dull, thudding flatwound bass string?

(This message was last edited by Laker at 10:35 PM, Sep 24th, 2018)

digiboy

New York City

Sep 25th, 2018 01:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

No, flats are flats. If you get TI flats you should be looking for the classic flat string sound. The first few weeks with a new set of TI flats you are waiting for them to calm down and begin to really have a beautiful full tone without the "new" clank. And they continue to improve in that direction for at least the first year.

But you are not after that kind of bass sound. From your description, I don't think any flat wound strings are going to do the trick.

There used to be something called "half rounds", You could look into those.

(This message was last edited by digiboy at 06:00 PM, Sep 25th, 2018)

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