Pick my flats for me (again) please.

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by jessicabass, Jan 6, 2014.


  1. jessicabass

    jessicabass

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    You guys chose great for me last time so im hoping for the magic to happen twice.
    P bass with tone emporium pickups from canada that my brother gave me. (awesome pups)
    Using a pick.
    This bass is for my original band playing basic rock songs.
    Once again please dont tell me your favorite, just what you think will work.
    Looking for something to give me a low/low mid sound without growl or twang/highs.
    Not looking for a dead sounding thump, but more of a powerful punch without being too boomy, growly, or twangy.
    Hope that made sense lol
  2. hotbass57

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    My vintage pbass has 45-95 XL Chromes. Tension and balance are great and tone love it. They will settle in nicely. They are bright almost like roundwounds. You will like them, they're medium priced fro basstringsomline.com. tell Jason your're a member for vip prices.
  3. hotbass57

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  4. donn

    donn

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    You're kidding, you're new here, right?

    What strings do you have now, and how are they different from what you want?
  5. GKR1

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    Rotosound 77
  6. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

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    D'Addario or Rotosound will handle that.
  7. jessicabass

    jessicabass

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    I was under the impression that these were bright and growly?
    What do these feel like?
  8. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

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    They are. The D'addarios are bright too. It looks like you're getting a list of everyone's favorites. :meh:

    Lucky for you, I don't have a favorite flat. I've currently got four different brands on four different basses.

    I've got LaBella's on my P bass. Played with a pick, the tone is remarkably similar to the bass line on Pink Floyd's "Money". By my way of thinking/hearing, such a tone fits your description. (Please note, I'm not saying those are the strings Roger Waters used. There have been huge threads on that with zero consensus. :D)
  9. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

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    People recommending what they think fits [his/her] subjective criteria for the tone [he/she] wants does not equal getting a list of everyone's favorites. I have used a few flats before and didn't really enjoy them but considering I love stainless steel rounds I thought the ones I mentioned might fit the bill. I'd also say TI flats might sound great too but they're a bit expensive.
  10. Grissle

    Grissle Supporting Member

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    You are describing GHS Precision Flats to a T. LaBella's are also in there with a little more high mid content.
  11. jessicabass

    jessicabass

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    Thank you
  12. jessicabass

    jessicabass

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    What is the break in time for ghs?
    Ive heard they sound good out of the package but others have complained of twangy g and d strings at first
  13. Grissle

    Grissle Supporting Member

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    Generally about 6-8 weeks playing them a bit daily. Grease em' up and play the heck out of them, then a month, give or take.
  14. mrb327

    mrb327 Just say No to Tort Supporting Member

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    There is a fine line here with flats between where they lose the growl and seem "dark"

    Using a pick however does bring forth some brightness. I would suggest either GHS P flats or DAddario nylon tapewounds.

    Keep in mind some low mileage flats get sold in the classifieds here, makes it more cost effective way of testing flats. Even the expensive as new TIs can be had for half price.
  15. sethlow3

    sethlow3 Supporting Member

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    Chromes are my favorite and mellow out over time. Sure they start off bright, but have great mids start to finish. If you want good thud out of the box, get La Bella's or dean markley.
  16. og61pbass

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    I use Daddario Chromes Mellow yellows...love em...:bassist:
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