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Extra Heavy Flatwounds?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Chaddycakes, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. Chaddycakes

    Chaddycakes

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    I have a Fender Mark Hoppus Signature P-Bass that I've been playing with the Jamerson-heavy gauge of flatwounds for a while now. Is there a reason that I shouldn't move up yet again to a .112 or even a .115 E? I realize that they will be very difficult to play, but I'd love the challenge and the resulting tone.

    I won't blow my bass up, will I? :bag:
  2. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    What's difficult to play about it?

    Yes go for it
  3. PBnJBassist

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    Didn't think the Jamerson set could go on string-through bodies (which all Mark Hoppus basses are) unless you changed the bridge. Hmm... didn't La Bella release string-through safe sets awhile ago?
  4. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    They make thru body Jamersons now

    As well as the other deep talking flats.
  5. PBnJBassist

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    Awesome. La Bella has been off my radar for awhile, looks like they're back on lol.
  6. Luckydog

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    Yessir, go for it. I'd ask to shake your hand but you'd probably turn mine into meat pulp!
  7. Chaddycakes

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    Lol, thanks. I ended up using the La Bella original 54s, and in the same gig I was told that I sounded like a chainsaw and like a DB played arco, using only a Markbass Compressore in my signal path.
  8. Salamenster

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    Well that's a bummer... (or do you see that as a positive thing?)
  9. hoketus

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    Why increase the tension to 'challenge' yourself? That's not a challenge, that's a disability.
  10. Chaddycakes

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    Also, when your hands are strong, you play better. You lift weights to get strong, you play heavy strings to get strong hands
  12. mccartneyman

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    Ah me ... back in 1965 when I started playing. Black Diamond and LaBella were all you could get, and they had a .110 E. You get used to it when you have no choice --- or don't know any different. Lost of good music made on heavy flats. Still.
  13. dukeorock

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    For many years I used .50-.115 roundwounds...they aint that tough once you get used to 'em. I'd swear I much prefer the tone.

    Just bought a set of Circle K's that are .49-.118 which sounds crazy, but they're really slinky for their size...possibly too slinky for me :)
  14. neebs

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    dang .118 for E.. that's pretty hardcore.

    I've used .112 from circle k, and they did feel sorta slinky.. But it did make my tendons hurt. Call me a sissy.
  15. dukeorock

    dukeorock Gold Supporting Member

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    Well, I mostly play upright bass, so I guess I'm just used to bigger strings :)

    Everyone should play what's comfortable:bassist:
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    So you're saying Jamerson could've had better "tone" by moving up a couple gauges? :meh:

    By all means, go for it man, to each their own, but if you have a buzz free setup and like the sound you're getting with the Jamersons you have now, personally I don't really see the point in making it harder on your tendons just for kicks.
  17. dukeorock

    dukeorock Gold Supporting Member

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    Hmm...tiny bit mean-spirited :)

    I don't have anything to prove...was actually looking to go slightly lighter, and even though the Circle K's are larger, they really feel quite slinky.
  18. Chaddycakes

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    Hmm. Maybe I need to bite the bullet and do some hard research here. La Bella said they'd make me custom sets, but I'd have to buy 6 sets. I want to record myself playing on the Jamersons and then on the .112s, so we can actually see the difference.

    Anybody else want to take the Super-Motown Challenge?
  19. KingRazor

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    Wrong.

    Sorry, but it's not about strength, it's about dexterity.

    I am physically strong enough to snap a bass string if it's tuned to pitch. That doesn't make me a good bass player. I play with a pretty light touch, a small child could easily exert as much force on a string as I do when I play.

    I use heavy strings because they have narrower vibrations, which allows me to get lower action without buzzing than if I used thinner strings.
  20. Chaddycakes

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    More metal means more electricity through the magnet, right?

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