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Flat wound B string?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by MoeTown1986, Feb 12, 2013.


  1. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    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.
     
  2. Crazy_Climer

    Crazy_Climer

    Jan 15, 2012
    Central WA
    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.
     
  3. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    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?
     
  4. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Supporting Member Commercial Seller Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
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    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Many flat wound B strings sound great!

    Some of my favorite B strings are flatwound B strings.
     
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  6. CTC564

    CTC564 Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Toms River,NJ
    I have Chromes on my Nordy VJ5M and LaBella Nylon Tapewound on my fretless Stingray 5

    Both are nice...
     
  7. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    Good to know!
     
  8. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    I was checking tapes too!
     
  9. Rezdog

    Rezdog Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    T.Rez, Canada
    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
     
  10. speak2planets

    speak2planets

    Oct 25, 2012
    Hotlanta
    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
     
  11. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    Glad to hear!
     
  12. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    Are tapes as smooth as flats? I don't quite get it?
     
  13. speak2planets

    speak2planets

    Oct 25, 2012
    Hotlanta
    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
     
  14. famousbirds

    famousbirds

    Aug 3, 2009
    Honolulu
    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
     
  15. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    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!
     
  16. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    Are they a little on the brighter side like Chromes since they're stainless?
     
  17. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Supporting Member Commercial Seller Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Disclosures:
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    TI flats are more midrange focused.

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

    mowmwbass

    Feb 16, 2013
    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.
     
  19. temmrich

    temmrich

    Jan 29, 2012
    Dayton, Ohio
    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.