Flats that can be strung through the body!

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  1. funkybass

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    Some brand of flat wound strings such as LaBella say you cannot string through the body. I have a Fender Mark Hoppus P bass That I want to put flat wound strings on. Are there any brand of flats that can be strung through the body? I know the Mark Hoppus P is not the ideal bass for an R&B sound but it's all I've got right now. Thanks.
  2. RCCollins

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    It's not the worst bass for an r&b sound, either. Most flats (even LaBellas IME) can be strung through-body. LaBella just doesn't want to replace the odd string that comes unwrapped by bending (fair enough).

    My choice for getting an old-school r&b sound out of the Hoppus bass would be GHS precision flats. I'd also consider adding a tone control, which can be a pretty cheap mod. But just going with flats will get you partway there.
  3. funkybass

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    I also have a stingray 4. If I added a piece of foam and flats I could get a decent old school r&b sound?
  4. Rip Topaz

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    Chromed can go through the body but you have to get the Super Longs or they won't be long enough.
  5. RCCollins

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    Sure, but I'd go with the Hoppus before the Stingray. YMMV.
  6. PBnJBassist

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    La Bella makes a String-Thru version of their flatwounds now. Below is a link to BSO's page for Long Scale+ flatwounds. Even if the packaging does not specify they are long enough for string-thru/35" scale - they are. From my experience, I know DR, Rotos, GHS, and Fenders have no problem w/string thru. Also, if you search the forums, users have also reported safe string-thru with EB flats.

    http://www.bassstringsonline.com/Flatwound_c_1263.html
  7. Phalex

    Phalex Yeah, I've got the moves like Jagger. Supporting Member

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    You can string flats through the body.

    FWIW my Hoppus loves the crap out of a broken in set of GHS Brite Flats.
  8. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    D'Addario Chromes
    DR Hi-Beam Flats (legends)
    Ernie Ball Flats
    Fender Flats
    GHS Precision Flats
    La Bella Deep Talkin Flats / 1954 Originals (MUST BE THRU-BODY SPECIFIC VERSIONS)
    Pyramids
    Rotosounds
    Thomastik-Infeld

    That pretty much covers mot of them.... Main thing you need to figure is the correct length for your thru-body instrument... But the seller of the strings should help you out with that once you provide spec's on your instrument ;)
  9. Emibass

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  10. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Question was CAN...

    Sadowsky flats can NOT be strung thru-body.
  11. Emibass

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    well, my jazz it´s strung with sadowsky flats trough the body (for 3 years now). I asked Roger before doing so.
  12. funkybass

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    Maybe I should've talked to you before I placed my order. I just ordered the 54 la bella set from you, string through body version. Hopefully they will be long enough for the hoppus p bass.
  13. kai_ski

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    I asked Roger about that once, and he said it *should* be okay. I only did the low-B, but it was great. Stayed that way for about a year.

    It does warn you away from it on the package, but I would assume that it only means they're not going to cover it if it snaps or unwinds or whatever...
  14. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    If you can measure from the back of the ball end to just past the nut we will know for sure.

    Should be within 37"
  15. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Every instrument is different. If the break angle isn't too extreme they will work.

    Usually the tapered B string doesn't sit right on the saddle as the taper may not clear the saddle completely.

    But like I said this is instrument specific.
  16. iiipopes

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    I have Fender 9050CL 45-60-80-105 strung through the body. Of course, I have the string-through on the E string as far back as it can go to minimize the break angle over the saddle, and the G string string-through as far forward as it can go to come straight down to give the best seating and sustain as possible.
  17. kai_ski

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    It was better for me to string the Sad flats through body because the taper actually didn't reach the saddle. I was able to set the action and intonation better with the full-thickness string than the tapered portion.
  18. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

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    I have used Chromes,TI JF and Fender flats all thru body no issues.
  19. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    The Taper section is probably what made it so the B string could go through the body. The tapered section is more flexible than the rest of the string.
  20. cbyrd2200

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    "as far back as it can go"
    "as far forward as it can go"

    Are you talking about the saddles? If so, I don't trust that method, I trust proper intonation.

    And you don't have to buy an extra long scale set of ***D'addario Chromes*** (I cannot speak for other brands of flatwounds) for 34" string thru. I've got a set on my MIA jazz bass (strung through body) and I ended up cutting ends off except on the G string which was the perfect length right out of the box. If they had gone on say an Ibanez style headstock instead of a Fender style, you'll have to cut the G then. But if you are stringing through body with a scale length greater than 34", you'll need extra long scale.

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