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Heavy Gauge Flat Wounds

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Unspoken511, Dec 6, 2013.


  1. Unspoken511

    Unspoken511

    Jan 22, 2012
    Hello Everyone,
    Like a lot of players, I'm in that stage where I'm trying to make a more concious effort in shaping and maintaining my own personal tone, and I'm looking for something rather specific. I need Super heavy Gauge strings, like the heaviest you could have on a five string, tuned B E A D G, and won't completely destroy my neck. I like to have relatively high action, and flat wounds would be preferable, or anything that gives me that dark, mellow tone, without being too muddy.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Grissle

    Grissle

    May 17, 2009
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  4. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    NYC
    Im using LaBella Black Tape wounds, string guage is 115m they are so heavy i dont feel the frets when sliding! SOund great too.
     
  5. Unspoken511

    Unspoken511

    Jan 22, 2012
    Neither are heavy enough. I'm thinking of Atleast breaking .055 on G, and .145 or .150 on the B.
     
  6. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
  7. Unspoken511

    Unspoken511

    Jan 22, 2012
    Still looking for something heavier...
     
  8. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
  9. Unspoken511

    Unspoken511

    Jan 22, 2012
    Thanks French, I wasn't Aware of that resource, looks like perfect gauge options. Now, the question is, what kind of strings are they? Stainless round, nickel half, chrome flat, tape wound, etc?
     
  10. Nashrakh

    Nashrakh

    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    It's a bit hidden but on the "about" page you find:

    "Circle K Strings are a nickel/steel hybrid"
     
  11. Unspoken511

    Unspoken511

    Jan 22, 2012
    hmmm... I guess that'd work. Anyone know of any super heavy guage strings that are flat wound?
     
  12. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    Highest gauge flats would be a 52-110 set of La Bellas or Rotos and then a .132 B string.

    Circle K is what you want for these fat, fat gauges. They are rounds, but really high gauges just aren't available in flats. Too stiff.
     
  13. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, CA
    Also Ernie Ball 5 strings (my favorite flatwound string) 45 to 130.
     
  14. Dredmahawkus

    Dredmahawkus Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2012
    Boston
    Circle K are pretty unique sounding and feel great....I am sure if you had a super fat set on your bass you would be the only one within 1000 miles who sounds like that!
     
  15. donn

    donn

    Mar 28, 2011
    Seattle
    I have a hunch that there's a bit of `apples to oranges' when comparing string gauges between flat and round wound.
     
  16. I've been using a LaBella 760M (Jamerson) set for years and have tried other heavy flats; EB, Fender, Roto, and none even come close in tone or feel. The LaBellas are just plain meaty! Interestingly, none of the other 110 sets feel as big and the Jamersons seem to have the lowest tension??!!
     



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