D'addario Flatwound Chromes
Hey all, I'm looking at buying some new flatwounds for my fretless (the ones on it right now are lovely but I cut 'em a bit too short!) Thus, I am looking at these sets:
As you can see, they basically are the same strings minus the gauge differences. I know gauge is a personally thing, but option 2: is intriguing to me - its like a balanced set, but balanced by size and not tension... has anyone had any experience? Also, which set would be the most balanced tension-wise? Thanks!
Check out page 12 here: http://daddario.com/upload/tension_chart_13934.pdf
Thanks for the link! So basically, its this:
1: 40 (37.6) - 60 (45.2) - 75 (36.4) - 95 (35.2)
2: 40 (37.6) - 60 (45.2) - 80 (43.7) - 100 (38.4)
3: 45 (45.7) - 65 (52.0) - 8 (43.7) - 100 (38.4)
Based off of that, it looks like the 40-60-80-100s are maybe what I want... they seem to be the most symmetrically balanced, haha
Most standard string sets are not "symmetrical" due to the way that standard open string bass tuning works out -
E: 41.2 Hz
A: 55.0 Hz
D: 73.4 Hz
G: 98.0 Hz
I wouldn't mess with tried and true unless I had a very good reason.
that makes sense except for the part where D strings always have like 10 lbs more tension than all the other strings
I love the D'addario Chromes - but I've come to rely on the Roto 77's.
I prefer the 40/60/80/100 set for gigs with lots of solos & chords, etc. I prefer the 45/65/85/105 set for R&B and Blues gigs - where the increased tension gives me more power & tone.
I'm pretty sure you can still special order the D'addarios as singles. An ideal custom set for me is 40/60/85/105.
(I play a 5 string so I prefer a 125 on the low B). YMMV - good luck.
The 77's look like they're good strings, but how do they compare to the D'addarios? I've come to like that mid-range from my d'addarios so would it be much of a change? Is the tension different? Thanks for the input!
Not sure if the D'addario and Rotosound flats in this vid are Chromes and 77's: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R2LOXMqyg8
Go to the D'Addario website and click on the "family tension" for Chromes. D'Addario have revised their tension specs. Probably due to more accurate "unit weights."
And if you don't like the sets, Jason can put together a custom set of singles.
I've got d'addario chromes 45-100 (45-65-80-100) for my PBass.
The 45 and 65 work better with the 2nd coil of the P split pickup than 40 and 60, IMO. Gives a more balanced sound for P's.
Go to bassstringsonline.com
You get a TB discount and Jason is the man!!
Plus you can customize your own set because he sells singles.
Thanks for the continued recommendations. As far as bassstringsonline, will they ship to England? If so, I think I may pursue that option :bassist:
I have the 40 / 100's on 2 basses , an Ibanez GSR 200 and a P Bass.I can't get too technical with you but they seem well balanced as far as tension and sound go. My P Bass had a couple of dead spots with the old rounds that I had on it. The chromes took care of the problem completly. I've had them on both guitars for over 2 years and they just seem to keep getting better sounding with age. Hope this helps.
40-60-80-100 (ECB84) for me.
I find this set to be a good balance between tension and playability.
Custom set from Bass Strings Online for the win!
I use the D-tuner on my bass a lot so have 40-60-80-110 on my Precision
I love them. Very bright, all the greatness of rounds without the finger noise and roughness.
I also used Roto 77s for a few years and found the Chromes to be a lot brighter and you can slap the Chromes if the situation warrants it but the Rotos didn't sound too good when slapped
I've got the 45 - 100 long scale set on my EBMM Sterling classic and love them, especially after they have have a chance to break in. This set is stiff, you might want the 40 - 95 set, but personally I like that you can set the action as low as you want with the 45s. The Sterling is a bright bass, but I get a luscious mid-range growl with the chromes by rolling off the treble and bass on the EQ. Even volume and definition across the fretboard, very happy with these strings.
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