Originally Posted by Jo6Pak
I just put a set of Joe Osborn Flats (direct from Lakland) on my 55-01 and couldn't be happier with them. Note: The B is not tapered and I was advised by Lakland not to string them thru the body. Previously I had strung some Sadowsky Flats with tapered B thru the body and just could never get it set up to my liking. Since I put on the Joe Flats, I haven't touched the setup and it plays fine. I got the medium gauge set. YMMV...
This comes under YMMV.
I have a Lakland Skyline HB. It came with its original set of
flatwound strings, it had been gigged once and used for a one day
studio session. The HB was a wonderful warm tone, but
the flats sounded kind of 'woody' to me. Hard to describe.
I threw a set of GHS Boomer roundwounds on it, Holy
Toledo Batman, what an awesome sounding bass.
I told Chef about it and he tried it. His band loved the
sound. Lakland makes a very nice product line.
String tone is all about individual taste. Some experimentation is required
to find what works best for you. I use nickel, not stainless
as I find stainless too bright and modern. I guess I would
say the tone I like is late 60, early 70's Jazz bass tone with
a little bit of available clank if I want it. Depends on the
song. Fortunately, if you don't like a set of strings, you aren't
out a lot of money.
But I like the GHS boomers and the D'Addarios the best. Roundwound.