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Flats not involving nickel, ideally round core

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by uOpt, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. uOpt

    uOpt Supporting Member

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    I developed a distaste for nickel plating, and generally prefer round cores.

    I know DR makes flat high-beams.

    Are there any other options, flats to try with those preferences? I don't insist on the round core, but I really like to have steel on the frets.
  2. SasquatchDude

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    I'm pretty sure TIs and Pyramids are the only nickel flats out there... LaBellas, GHS, Rotos, Chromes, and the new Fenders are all stainless to my knowledge. Hex core, though.
  3. IvanMunoz

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    Chromes are stainless steel. Great strings too! Just let them mellow out and your set for a long time.
  4. Dredmahawkus

    Dredmahawkus Supporting Member

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    I think chromes sux! they sound tinny and hollow

    I think all roundcore are nickel plated
  5. jamersonburton

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    Drs are beautiful when they settle in. Same for ghs flats.
  6. Frenchy-Lefty

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    Labellas are stainless and they kill
  7. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    For stainless round core?

    DR Hi-Beam Flats

    And if you wait a couple of months there will be something in the very low tension / very flexible range ;)
  8. gary m

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    Pyramids do offer round cores with their flats, but the windings are nickel. :(
  9. jeffbonny

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    A new set coming from DR?
  10. JustForSport

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    Flex Flats, maybe?
  11. donn

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    Are DR Hi-Beams sort of the exception that proves the rule? I wouldn't know what they feel like, but the example recordings I've heard aren't a typical flatwound sound. Maybe there's something essential about the hex cores. (Don't think any upright strings use a hex core, though - nor round, mostly multi-strand.)
  12. Frenchy-Lefty

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    I did not realize they made Hi-Beams flats. Interesting
  13. uOpt

    uOpt Supporting Member

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    Yeah but always look at the specs. DR can be cute with name. For example, in the guitar world their "hi-beams" are hex+nps :)

    SLaPiNFuNK, did you get my pm from last week?
  14. Dave Curran

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    Grrrrr, just when I was going to swap out the chromes on my jazz v, for flats that I can slap...


    ...cause I can. :bag::bassist::hyper::rollno:


    What would be a flat thats bright like chromes(or brighter), but less tension?
  15. Duckwater

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    Can't wait
  16. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    It is marked as read and not replied to... I have a tendency to read PM's in my sleep by accident. Replying now sorry :-/
  17. Levin

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    ...the fender flats are almost as bright! But they sound great slapped :D
    Love that slap sound. I think that they are like growly chromes.
    Have yet to test them on a jazz bass, but that should be great.
  18. iiipopes

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    Optima Flats?
  19. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    no not from DR. I can not release much information about them, however I am getting some pre-production sets... Round core, Stainless Steel, very flexible.

    I will have a limited amount of pre-production sets available very soon.
  20. jeffbonny

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    I'm in. Assume you'll give a head's up when you can say more?

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