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Help with choosing light gauge flats

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by shawshank72, Feb 6, 2014.


Which light gauge flat and why?

Poll closed Feb 9, 2014.
  1. GHS Custom 40/60/80/95

    7 vote(s)
    43.8%
  2. LaBella 760FX 39/56/77/96

    2 vote(s)
    12.5%
  3. LaBella Custom 43/60/77/96

    1 vote(s)
    6.3%
  4. Sadowsky Light 40/60/80/100

    6 vote(s)
    37.5%
  5. Ernie Ball Custom 40/60/80/95

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. shawshank72

    shawshank72

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    Want to give some light gauge flats a test.
    I have played ti's and dont want to spend the money and i dont like them. (too rubbery) Although the sound is great.
    Looking for some feedback on choices i will make such as feel, tension, and sound.
     
  2. Root 5

    Root 5

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    1) GHS
    2) Labella 760FX
     
  3. MisterFabulous

    MisterFabulous

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    Jason at bassstringsonline ordered me a custom set of GHS Precision Flats in .040 - .060 - .075 - .095

    These are normal 34" scale, not the longer than normal strings GHS has. They're great, with old-school thuddy thump.

    The price was about the same as non-custom orders.
     
  4. shawshank72

    shawshank72

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    How are tension on those?
    Can you get good action height?
    Were the d and g twangy?
    Thanks
     
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  6. gary m

    gary m

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    Nice gauges there...standard gauge P flats aren't very stiff, so that set should be very flexible and easy to play.
     
  7. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    I am going to be getting some pre-production sets of light gauge, stainless steel, round core, very flexible flatwounds soon. It is a limited pre-production run, they are spectacular! Those can be on this list...
     
  8. MisterFabulous

    MisterFabulous

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    Hey Shawshank,

    The tension on my set is, I'd say, the low end of Medium Tension. They aren't floppy. I've tried a bass with low-tension strings; I know what that feels like.

    I did originally get these strings for the lower tension. They feel good to me.

    I've not changed the action of the two basses this string set has been on. Both fretless, and the action is low-medium.

    The G and D are not twangy on this string, IME.
     
  9. shawshank72

    shawshank72

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    Leaving next friday to back home over the border. Would love to try. ;)
     
  10. shawshank72

    shawshank72

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    Need more voting going on please.
     
  11. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Gold Supporting Member

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    Fender the 9050L set (.045 .060 .080 .100) might be worth your while to check out. Had 'em on my new AVRI P and liked the soft-ish feel but wasn't up for the many months of break-in steel flats require when I already had well used flats for it...(and eventually it ended up with ultra-flexible TI Jazz rounds).
     
  12. Joe Smithberger

    Joe Smithberger

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    Do tell!
     
  13. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    So far I have only played 4-String sets. Huge string maker. From what I understand, they are a round core string with some kind of winding over the core before the other windings start. They were very flexible but not too floppy. I would say they are low tension but I do not have tension numbers on them so lets just say they are super flexible. Smooth warm sound, punchy mids, deep lows, clear without being bright. Stainless Steel silky smooth windings.
     
  14. shawshank72

    shawshank72

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    Please pm me.
    Im going back to canada next saturday.
    Would love to try if price is right.
     
  15. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Price is going to be right in the middle ground. I most likely wont have this advanced run by Saturday, but can send them to Canada!
     
  16. shawshank72

    shawshank72

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  17. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    I'll probably get in trouble for saying what I have so far! But I'm excited about it :D
     
  18. shawshank72

    shawshank72

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    Please keep me in mind.
    Meanwhile im going to order some stuff before i go.
     
  19. Root 5

    Root 5

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    We won't tell! You can trust us!:D

    Pssst...... is it GHS??????????

    It's gotta be GHS or D'Addario!

    GHS already makes the perfect flatwound... so it can't be them!

    My money's on D'Addario!
     
  20. ROOTSnFIFTHS

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78! Supporting Member

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    Mybe it is wishful thinking but they sound like flexible Labella DTFs.
    Either way count me in!
     
  21. shawshank72

    shawshank72

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    I need some voting people.
    Some comments.
    But damn.....
    Cant get my mind off new brand of flats.
    Thanks alot!
     

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