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Extra Heavy Flatwounds?

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


  1. 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

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
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    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    What's difficult to play about it?

    Yes go for it
     
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  4. PBnJBassist

    PBnJBassist

    Mar 8, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    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?
     
  5. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
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    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    They make thru body Jamersons now

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

    PBnJBassist

    Mar 8, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    Awesome. La Bella has been off my radar for awhile, looks like they're back on lol.
     
  7. Luckydog

    Luckydog Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Yessir, go for it. I'd ask to shake your hand but you'd probably turn mine into meat pulp!
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. Well that's a bummer... (or do you see that as a positive thing?)
     
  10. hoketus

    hoketus

    Nov 5, 2012
    Toronto, ON, CA
    Why increase the tension to 'challenge' yourself? That's not a challenge, that's a disability.
     
  11. 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

    mccartneyman

    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Disclosures:
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor, MusicGearReview.com
    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

    dukeorock Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
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    Authorized greenboy designs builder
    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

    neebs

    Oct 25, 2011
    Manteca, California
    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

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
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    Authorized greenboy designs builder
    Well, I mostly play upright bass, so I guess I'm just used to bigger strings :)

    Everyone should play what's comfortable:bassist:
     
  16. Danno1985

    Danno1985

    Aug 27, 2012
    Milwaukee, WI
    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

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
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    Authorized greenboy designs builder
    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. 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. 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. More metal means more electricity through the magnet, right?
     



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