Any flats without silks

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Hopkins, Dec 19, 2013.


  1. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    I have an illogical hatred for silks. I find them completely useless, and hate the way they look, especially when they get a little frayed.

    I want to put a set of flats on a P bass. A set on the brighter side as far as flats go would be ideal, but no silks is the main thing.
     
  2. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Not at the moment... But possibly in the future...

    But you may want to check out D'Addario Half Rounds as they do not have silk and are on the brighter end of what flats are, and essentially feel like flats once they get well worn in...
     
  3. Hopkins

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    Thanks man, I may give those a try.
     
  4. shawshank72

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    Their flats have no silk.
     
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  6. Hopkins

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    Awesome man, they are cheap too.
     
  7. Hopkins

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    I ordered a .105-.045 set from Webstrings. So far they are really nice They are pretty bright for flats right out of the package, very similar to chromes. We will see how they break in. The best part is no hideous silks ruining the look of my headstock. :bassist:
     
  8. jasper383

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    Curt Mangan flats, iirc, have no silks either. Nice strings.
     
  9. shawshank72

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    Please share the progress of these. I owned a set once but they were already 6 months old. Want to try again but hate breaking strings in.
     
  10. Neener

    Neener Grumpy Old Dog Supporting Member

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    I hate colored silks, I always use a black Sharpie on the silks of new strings. It lessens the hate a little.
     
  11. SturmUndDrang

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    Does Curt Mangan still make his flats? I can't find them on his site. Jasper383 can you describe them in any greater detail?
     
  12. shrimpflea

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    I love the silk...I remember the older Fender flats had no silk on the tuner ends..loved those strings but always thought my headstock looked naked without the silk.
     
  13. landau roof

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    Anyone know if they do those flats in light gauge short scale?

    I like color on the posts on most basses, but it detracts from the logo on a Danelectro headstock.
     
  14. Hopkins

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    I don't like them because they are pointless decoration that looks terrible when they start getting a little bit frayed. As long as a set of flats are going to be on a bass they will look awful by the time they get changed.
     
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  16. jasper383

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    They feel like La Bellas; very smooth. I had a set a couple years ago, and iirc, they are between between GHS and Chromes soundwise.

    Ebay has a few sets available, but they aren't on his site.
     
  17. shrimpflea

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    Not pointless...they are there to help keep the windings from separating and they protect the tuning posts from getting scratched up.
    I've had a set of La Bella flats on my P-Bass for years and the silks are not frayed at all....look like they did from day one, and it gets played every day.
     
  18. Hopkins

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    There are tons of strings out there without silks that have no problems with the windings separating. I have also never had any issues with tuning posts getting scratched up.
     
  19. JustForSport

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    But, sometimes, they DO add a good accent-
    on the other hand, if they're the wrong color... I don't buy them.
     
  20. shrimpflea

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    Yes, there are several strings without the silk, they are made differently to help prevent separation, and just because you've never had problems with scratched posts doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Also the silks help to keep the windings tighter on the post...less chance of slippage...especially on the E and A.
     
  21. Robus

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    Definitely irrational. The silks are cool, love the green silk on the Roto77s (the only thing I like about them).
     

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