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TI Jazz flats WOW!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Mikeee71, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. Mikeee71

    Mikeee71 Supporting Member

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    I just bought some TI flats for a 51" P bass build I am working on.
    So in the meantime I threw them on my 2012 Am Std P bass just to see how it would sound and WOW! I am blown away! They sound amazing! Nice thump very smooth clear sounding and very articulate! I read that some people think that they are kind of floppy but I didn't find that the case at all. I would say that they have a bit more bend to them than other flats but I kind of dig it! I guess I am going to have to buy another set for my 51" build because those aren't coming off that bass!
  2. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

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    TI flats aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I like them a lot. They are very flexible for flats, and I have had good luck with them on through-body strung basses like the Mustang.
  3. ASATMAN

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    All my basses, many in the '51 P bass style, sport TI Flats. Expensive but they last for years and the tone can't be beat.
  4. inthebassclef

    inthebassclef Supporting Member

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    I love TI flats. I have them on both of my P basses and my Rick. I agree completely they are extremely articulate. I think they are the truest and clearest sounding strings on the market.
  5. mazdah

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    I just got back to TI Flats after 5 years of exclusively using LaBella 760FL.
    And I'm glad I did!

    I love LaBellas but Thomastik-Infeld flats are just special sounding, and they give wider variety of sounds.
  6. Mikeee71

    Mikeee71 Supporting Member

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    I imagine once they break they are going to sound even better!
    I tempted to put them on my Jazz bass which presently has Chromes on it which do sound great as well.
  7. Bassdude15

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    I agree with everything above.TI's are the most balanced-sounding strings in the world.
  8. dukeorock

    dukeorock Gold Supporting Member

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    Where do you folks get your TI flats? Thinking of trying some :)
  9. JMarsh

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    bassstringsonline.com.
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    Classifieds...:)
  11. Mikeee71

    Mikeee71 Supporting Member

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    +1 Bassstringsonline!
  12. dukeorock

    dukeorock Gold Supporting Member

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    Sweet. Thanks!
  13. OEW3

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    I'm a LaBella DTF man. Always been curious about the TI's. How do they feel when using a pick? The rumored floppiness has always scared me off, especially considering the price. I'd hate to buy, try them once, and be bummed if the flop makes them unusable. I use both fingers and a pick. Flop is fine with my fingers, not sure with a pick. Thanks!
  14. Lazarevicmass

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    TI price is what kills it! Great strings though!
  15. dukeorock

    dukeorock Gold Supporting Member

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    I mostly play with a pick...hmm
  16. Mikeee71

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    I haven't used a pick with them but like I said earlier I didn't find them to be floppy.
    I would say as far as flats go they don't feel as stiff but far from floppy.
  17. Turock

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    The floppiness of TIs is way overstated. They have less tension than most flats, if that is what they are compared to. Tension-wise they feel about like your average round wound.
    Right now, they are 15% off at Musician's Friend.
  18. porterbass

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    I also don't get the floppy reputation of TI JFs. I have them on two basses and although they are lower tension than others, I wouldn't begin to describe them as floppy. That being said, I tried them on my Elrick fretless 4 this past week and didn't like them on that bass. Absolutely love them on my Rick Turner Ren 5 fretless. The tension did feel different between the two basses, but maybe I'm crazy. (I had the same experience when I tried Status-Graphite tapewounds on the Elrick fretless. The tension seemed to low, but the tension seems perfect with the LaBella tapewounds on it. The Status-Graphite tapewound tension feel perfect on my Turner Ren 4 fretless.) So, moral of the story in my experience...it may depend on the specific bass.

    I also just tried the TI JFs on a Lakland Duck Dunn P I am evaluating and they felt and sounded great on that.
  19. Sav'nBass

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    I just put a set of these on my JV24.. I have not used flats since 1978.. I like them. It is different .. the flats.. I had to get used to the odd size .. but I like them. Wow is right. It totally changes my playing.. but I guess that is not because they are TIs but because they are flats. Flats are a totally different animal and the last time I used them I could barely play .... :)

    They actually seem to be less floppy than the DRBBs I had been using.
  20. mazdah

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    They need a little more space to ring. I left them biger neck relief than labellas had. Still they are easier for fingers than my DTF's.

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