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GHS BRITE FLATS through-body or topload?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Zenon, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Zenon

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    Would it be possible/advisable to string a set of GHS BRITE FLATS (ML3075 - .052 .065 .084 .103) through the body of a 2009 Am. St. P-bass?

    If so, what would be the difference, in comparison to topload, in terms of:

    a) tone

    b) sustain

    c) tension?

    The aforementioned bass is standard equipped with a "high mass vintage bridge".

    Thanks!
  2. dmusic148

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    There's no difference, and the larger strings in particular may break if strung through - body. I wouldn't recommend it.
  3. Rodger Bryan

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    My experience:
    I used brite flats strung through a Peavey T-40 (back in the day) and the only trouble I had was with the outer winding separating at the contact point on the E string- it happened twice, so I went back to rounds. Others string them through without issue, but I thought I would share.
    My opinion:
    tone- no issue
    sustain- not noticeable, but you will have better coupling with the increased downward force on the saddle.

    tension- no. People still claim "increased tension", when it is only increased downward force on the saddle. It may be only an issue of semantics here- as some people notice a difference in feel (compliance). The variables for tension (frequency, vibrating string length, mass per unit length) do not change.
  4. Zenon

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    Thanks for your replies.

    Rodger, how did you like them?
    Given that you refer to "back in the day", would you use them again?
  5. Rodger Bryan

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    Back in the day was 1985 on the T-40 and I tried them again in 1990 on a Westone super headless. They were decent, but a little too much "thud" and not enough clarity for my tastes on the E & A strings. Now, my favorite flat would be D'Addario Chromes after a few weeks of breaking-in.
  6. Zenon

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    Interesting...

    According to GHS, Brite Flats, being rounds underneath the flat groundwound surface, are supposedly brighter and should have more definition than typical full blown flats...

    Which set should I therefore choose for clarity and crunchiness (that is, no Jamerson style tone), Brite Flats or Chromes?
  7. JTE

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    My Music Man StingRay came from the factory in '79 with Brite-Flats. That was when they were string through only. I used Brite-Flats for years with no troubles. However, doing a side-by-side comparison on THE SAME bass (Lakland 44-94) at the same time by stringing two strings top-load and two through the body, there us utterly no discernible difference in sound, feel, sustain, or anything.

    John
  8. Zenon

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    Thanks! It should then definitely make even less of a difference given the high mass bridge of the 2009 p-bass.

    By the way, I have to admit that I just ordered (in addition to the GHS brite flats) a set of D'Addario EXL170BT (a nickel wound balanced set of roundwounds)... I used to hate rounds but somehow at the moment I want to squeeze the most modern tone possible out of the p-bass... By modern I mean anything from, say, Marcus Miller stuff to dance/house synth basslines. Quite certainly an impossible quest with the p-bass, but you never know... the neutrality of the Markbass amp should hopefully help to this end.

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