Flat wound B string?

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  1. MoeGJBeener

    MoeGJBeener Supporting Member

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    I did a search and couldn't find much.

    I recently strung one of my 4 string P's with chromes and fell in love. I'm thinking about getting some for my stingray 5 to see how the sound on it. My problem is, I can't find anything on here or YouTube about flat wound B strings. I know they make them, just not sure how they sound/feel. Anyone have any experience? I'm kinda picky about how a B string feels on my stingray. A .130 Ernie ball cobalt is the only string I've found that I like on it.
     
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    If you are talking about looking to purchase a single low-B string, then try: http://www.bassstringsonline.com/

    Since you are specifically talking about D'Addario Chromes, I can say from recent experience that they are enjoyable strings, including the low-B. I have been using my new flatwounds for a couple of weeks now, and LOVE them. I purchased medium-gauge 4-string set (40-60-80-100), and added the low-B single. This kept my tensions relatively even, since typically I previously found the D and G strings to feel like they could be used by tightrope-walkers compared to the other three strings.
     
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    MoeGJBeener Supporting Member

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    I actually was just on BSO before I posted this! Haha!

    Good to hear you dig them. I may to the same thing you did gauge wise. May I ask what bass you strung them on?
     
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    Many flat wound B strings sound great!

    Some of my favorite B strings are flatwound B strings.
     
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    I have Chromes on my Nordy VJ5M and LaBella Nylon Tapewound on my fretless Stingray 5

    Both are nice...
     
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    MoeGJBeener Supporting Member

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    Good to know!
     
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    MoeGJBeener Supporting Member

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    I was checking tapes too!
     
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    Greetings from the North,

    I have LaBella flat wounds on my P5 and LaBella tapes on one of my Brad Houser 5 Reverend's. Both B's are excellent.

    Rezdog
     
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    I don't know if they have them for 5's or not but the new LaBella white tapes are amazing!! I have a set on my acoustic and love them. Got them from BSO too
     
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    Glad to hear!
     
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    Are tapes as smooth as flats? I don't quite get it?
     
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    I think they feel smoother. They're basically the same things but different outer layers. The D'Addario tapes are good too. Pick up a cheap set and give them a try. That s what I did and now I love their mellow sound on my Martin
     
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    Fender 9050 stainless flat is my favorite. I use them on a G&L L-2500 to good effect. B string is snug, plays cleanly and sounds good muted.

    FWIW I use the .045 - .125 set
     
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    Are the TI's as bright as the chromes? I'm not a fan of a really dull sound. I like the bite chromes have. That would be the smart way to try a string, though!
     
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    Are they a little on the brighter side like Chromes since they're stainless?
     
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    TI flats are more midrange focused.

    You will find fenders to be bright similar to chromes
     
  19. mowmwbass

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    I've been using Chrome for about 5 month now and B string is pretty dead compare to the other strings.
    I adjusted the string height so that B string can swing freely without fret buz when struck strong and re-adjusted the PU height accordingly. It came back to life and sounds pretty good again.
     
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    I played chromes on my Tobias Killer B for years. I played all kinds of styles you would think to use with flatwounds, and I even lent it to a friend in a Metal band. He was skeptical of the flats, but played it at a few shows and was a total convert. He now plays punk and metal with flats all the time.
    I don't have the fiver anymore, but I recall the chromes being the best balanced strings I ever had on that bass. And the little extra stiffness of the flats really helped focus the low B.
     

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