Flats on a 5'er
So i noticed that there weren't very many threads on flats lately, so I decided to start one. :rolleyes:
Are there any Flats that have a particularly good B string?
I have TI flats on a4 string Fretless p and DR Legends on a 4 string PJ, but those to sets are the whole of my experience with Flats. I really like the feel of the TIs on the fretless, but have not tried them on a fretted yet.
I just got a Squier VM P5 and would like to try a set of flats on it.
I play lots of classic rock with some modern rock, RnB, and pop added in here and there. I use my B string quite a bit both in covers and originals.
Chromes have an excellent B string. Thick but with a nice defined attack, and matches up well with the E string.
I have TI flats on my Ibanez 6-string and I love 'em. The B is very thick, but the tension is even across the set and they feel great to play.
Take this with a grain of salt as I am not a big fan of flat wounds in general, but I have never had decent luck with flats on a five.
I have owned a couple of different fretless fivers and have found that the mass of the B string coupled with the flat wound nature makes for a much too-quick decay and too little "bloom" to the note. It never really worked for me.
Of course, it would be completely dependent upon your style, and interests. You may love them.
The last flats I played were Sadowsky labeled. I liked those a lot. they had more "sparkle" than typical flat wound strings.
+1 on the Chromes 132 flat. I run one on my 5-er, for the reasons stated above. I have my bass set up for good sustain. It depends on the bass. If the instrument has good overall tone and sustain, then the Chromes 132 flat will sound great. If it doesn't, then nothing will sound good.
The T-I is also a great string, but I can't use it because my perspiration corrodes the pure nickel wrap.
Other strings tend to go dark and thumpy for me. But I do like that Chromes 132.
I've never found a flatwound B-string that I was completely happy with long-term. The best was TI Jazz Flats but after a few months the B had become dark and thumpy while the rest of the strings were still bright. The TI single .136 costs 50 bucks so I terminated my flatwound 5 experiments at that point. Generally if I'm playing a 5 the music is modern and calls for roundwound tone anyway.
I think i may go for the cheaper option for now, and the chromes sound like a good bet.
Ive been getting a lot of request from the band leader for a more old school tone at times and I bet that broken in chromes and a mute will do the trick.
But if that doesnt work, I'll probably invest in the TI's. The ones on my fretless are about 15 years old and still sound great, so its a sound investment.
I had good luck with Sadowsky Flats but, they where on a Sadowsky.
Don't over look the old Upright trick of string mixing. A set of flats underneath a round wound B string is one of those recipe's that tastes a lot better than you think it will.
I mean Really?!?
If you must
Sadowsky Black Label flats
I have a set on my P5. The B blows away the Chromes I had on it
Rodger knows what works on a 34" 5'er
After having used Chromes on my fretted Ibby for a while, I switched to the almost identical Ernie Balls, which I buy as singles. I use their 0.130 B string. It sounds good, is not too floppy and has a remarkable long life.
I play all Fivers and I have a bad habit of wanting to put flats on everything. I have 4 basses with 3 different brands of flats on them: Chromes, LaBellas and Sadowskys. I can't do TI's as the tension is just way too low for me.
IMHO, the Chrome set has the best B. Maybe because it's not tapered, I dunno. Don't really care either.
But the Sadowskys are the ones on my main bass and my favorite set all things considered. The have the great feel and thump of the Labellas but are brighter on the top and have less tension than Chromes, so it's a best-of-all-worlds thing for me.
Are the Sadowskys as bright as Chromes?
Do you have any experience tuning them down? I sometimes have to tune down a whole step (to ADGCF), and I'm afraid anything looser than the Chromes will get too floppy.
The Sadoswkys can get a nice sizzle on the top compared to the Chromes. They are great strings.
I tune down a half step for everything, so I tend to go for heavier gauge sets.
Thanks for the opinions everyone
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