Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Rounds revisited.
This is a follow up to a previous thread in which I had predicted that once I take put back the original soap cake humbuckers back in my Ibanez SR 406, my TIs would sound much better using just the neck pickup.
I had originally replaced the factory DX6 humbuckers with Carvin J99 single coils hoping that I could get a Marcus Millerish growl. Couldn't get it, even with my DR strings. So I moved the DRs over to a Squier DJAV (now a VI) & I took a chance on TI rounds. They were impressive but quirky, lean sounding, particularly the g string. But they seemed to still have potential so I didn't give up.
Weeks ago I took off the Carvin single coils & put them on the Squier, achieving the sound I was looking for. Recently I put the DX6s back on the Ibanez. The humbuckers did fatten up the sound substantially. As predicted, the TIs sounded at their best using just the neck pickup.
I did find the g string could sound a bit rounder, so I played with my MXR 108 EQ a bit & got what I wanted. Now the g string integrates well with the d. It was also surprising how full & round the c string was. Like a bass, not a guitar.
I brought the Ibanez to a rehearsal, & the guitarist & drummer raved about the sound I was getting. They described it as "fast" & snappy.
The sound I now get with that bass string/pup combination is special & unique. Needless to say I am not selling the Ibanez or the TIs. Nor will I get rid of the active electronics & go passive as I originally planned. If it ain't broke why fix anything?
These strings are quirky & I can't see them working well with single coil pickups, even though they're called 'Jazz Rounds' & their package illustration shows a bass with jazz pups. The Jazz Rounds are apparently new & aren't common or popular. The flats are more common (larger gauge too) though the only name bassist that I know of is Carol Kay.
Of course I meant that Carol Kay's the only famous bassist that I know of who uses TIs.
Pino Palladino uses the flats? Or? Maybe I'm remembering wrong...
Love the rounds too! Had them on my Stingray but changed to my fretless :D
But don't you concur that these strings sound better using a double coil, preferably neck position, rather than single coils?
Never heard of Palladino till now
Haha yes, oftentimes I prefer other nickel or steel rounds on for example, jazz basses.
These are great on fretless tho'! And I haven't tried but guess that they work way better on an active than a passive due to their extreme mellowness.
I think you should check out Pino Palladino then :o
This is him playing his Fender P (he has got a signature bass from Custom Shop like it) with TI Jazz Flats through an Ampeg SVT:
Sorry for thread hijack ;)
Double coil it is! For these strings to shine, yes :D
My favorite Pino
But you have heard him you probably just don't know it...
Ah, I love Pino. One of the coolest bassists around. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFgFFNXahcg
However, I can't help thinking that each additional decade pop music gets worse & makes the previous decade's music seem terrific by comparison. (That is a typically aging person's perspective, though I have two musician friends, nearly 30 years my junior, who both made that same observation.)
Piano clearly has some technique. I follow Chick Correa on Facebook, & it now appears that he is collaborating with Palladino.
Again, my damn android changed PINO to piano.
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