|Willicious ||02-17-2014 08:19 PM |
Any Love for the LaBella Jamersons?
Swapped them onto my P about a month ago. They replaced a set of 18 month old LaBella 760FMs, which had a loud, zingy G and a dead-as-a-doornail E.
As I was installing them, I was a little freaked out by their tension, but once I got them settled into place, I couldn't believe how loud they were acoustically. The neck and body of my bass came alive with vibration -- something that never happened with the previous LaBellas, or the TIJFs that I used to run. Needless to say, they sound great amplified.
Another nice benefit: the higher tension allowed me to dial in much lower action, so they're comfortable enough that I really don't notice the tension.
Up next, I've also got a set of heavy gauge Chromes and Sadowsky Black Label Flats to try at some point, so I'll be interested to see if either of those best the Jamersons.
So, any other TBers out there loving their Jamersons? Hate them?
|brandau ||02-17-2014 08:41 PM |
I've been really digging them on my 65 P for the past week. Similarly I noticed an increase in volume. They're very "full" sounding. They also have that nice hollow/woody tone some flatwounds get. I had a recording session the day after I put them on, and the band and engineer all commented on how rich the bass tone was. They're definitely high tension, but I actually dig it. I'd recommend them to anyone who's into flatwounds. Most likely they're the sound you have in your head when you think about flatwounds. Between Jamerson and Duck Dunn they're probably some of the most recorded strings
|babaseen ||02-17-2014 09:38 PM |
Great strings! Highly recommended...had them on my Nash P for 7 years...got a great Motown sound with a string mute. The thicker gauge makes me play a certain way...a good way less notes with a lighter touch...good for the blues gig;-)
|shrimpflea ||02-17-2014 11:59 PM |
I loved their tone but couldn't hang with the large gauge. I gave them about 2 months but my weak lily white hands couldn't take it...ended up going with the 760FL flats. Flatwound Strings Review
|deepbluesuk ||02-18-2014 04:10 AM |
I've used them on a 78 P for years and agree with all thats been said. However, I've recently put Roto 66's on that bass due to a change in the style of music with my new band; lack of sustain being the issue. Horses for courses!
I use 34" 760M's on a 32" scale Gretsch hollow body that needs a couple extra inches for the tailpiece. That (I think) puts them at a lighter tension. Anyway, they aren't any trouble and sound great. I'd love to try the 760FS set, though - I've played them on someone else's bass, and sure didn't notice any zingy G. Interesting to hear that about the 760FM, not many reports come through on that particular gauge.
|jasper383 ||02-18-2014 08:45 AM |
I've gone to much lighter gauges, but I did notice that with the Jamersons, you can ratchet down the action and straighten the neck quite a bit, and this offsets the stiffness a bit.
They still take a little more work to play, but the sound is very very rewarding if that's what you're looking for. Tremendous "heft" to the sound.
|stratovani ||02-18-2014 09:07 AM |
Any worries about what such a heavy gauge string will do to the truss rod? Will the Jamersons work on a Squier Affinity P-Bass? I've wanted to try them on my bass, but the tension has always worried me as far as the truss rod goes. I've got the 760FS strings on my P-Bass now, and they sound and feel great, but the Jamersons have always intrigued me.
|brandau ||02-18-2014 03:31 PM |
Nah... Only had to adjust my trussrod about a quarter turn. But the neck on my bass could easily double as a baseball bat, and the wood is old and stable.
|Willicious ||02-18-2014 11:56 PM |
Very interesting to hear everyone's comments, thanks for your replies.
These do seem to be a different breed of flat altogether from other brands I've tried. I vaguely recall reading a post in another LaBella thread where someone mentioned that these 760Ms are even constructed differently than the rest of LaBella's flats. Kind of a stand-alone within their line. Hmmm... Gonna have to go searching for that thread now...
|Root 5 ||02-19-2014 06:33 AM |
Originally Posted by stratovani
Will the Jamersons work on a Squier Affinity P-Bass? I've wanted to try them on my bass, but the tension has always worried me as far as the truss rod goes.
I've wondered this, too. I don't have too much concern with the trussrod. But I do wonder about the wood used for Squier necks - I don't imagine they're properly seasoned.
I have them on my SX p/j. Absolutely love the feel and tone. But they are murdering the neck. Good thing I don't mind high action. I really want to try them on a neck that can take it...
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