comments on TI flats and string thru J bass
First up I am not posting this to condemn TI's but I have had this experience and I thought I would share it
I play a US jazz and its a string through body
I changed over to TI flats about three weeks ago and its been a mixed experience
I like the feel and that is good
But the d and g strings have been pretty dead in the tone department
The e and a strings seem to be settling in really well
When I ordered my strings I purchased 2 sets in anticipation that I would have the first set on long term and then have a spare set at the next change over
But two nights ago I decided to try to trouble shoot what I thought was a problem with the d string and everything on face value inspection seemed all right
I was careful in the restringing and 2 days later the string is still bright but seems to be resonating well
The thing I noticed with the old string though was what appears to be a crack at the point where the string crossed the saddle
Tonight I restrung the g string for same reasons and it is appears to be cracking at both the point of contact with the brige saddle and at the point where the string comes up from behind the body (string through etc)
Has any one else experienced this with TI's?
It seems to me from the limited experience I have had with them that its probably a better option to string from the bass of the bridge and keep the string as straight as possible...
I dont have an issue with that except that I like the string through design and I would thought that a string designed for a jazz bass would be capable to handle the design of the string through body and jazzx bass bridge.
And again without intentionally bagging out T's but given the experience I have ordered up some fender flats and a set of chromes.
I am intending to restring the jazz with the fenders flats and my son is returning a p bass this week and I plan to restring that with the chromes.
It seems to me its a case of a good product but flawed in one fundamental area and to the point where as a consumer I won;t go back.....Shame in a way cos the TI;s offer some good tone qualities but I figure the risk of string fractures isnt worth it.
Just to add too I am not a heavy handed player and I don't believe this is a case of user abuse etc.
Any way that is just some info from me and no offence intended to the people on TB who swear by TI's,,,
I had the same experience.
Flatwounds don't like the sharp angle over the saddles. The wider outer wrap can't accomodate the angle like the narrow round wound wrap.
I had a couple of strings break before I figured it out. They seemed to sound the same going through the bridge so I just stuck with that.
Hope that helps. Cheers.
Nothing to bother me too much, but noticeable none-the-less.
Been playing TI flats for years with a string thru 51/55 P bass, never had a break, and all strings ring consistently. Best strings I've ever used and I've tried Labella, Fender, Pyramid, and GHS flats.
Some basses are like this.
I had a 51 Reissue P Bass with this issue; the angle coming out of the body up to the bridge was very sharp, and I could see the core of several brands of flats I had on the bass. It looked very precarious, even though I'm not sure the string was in danger of breaking or not.
I eventually just put rounds on it.
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