What's on my bass now?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by 62Jazzbass, Dec 6, 2013.


  1. 62Jazzbass

    62Jazzbass

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    A few months back I bought a used 78 fretless P-Bass. First time in 20 years with a fretless and having a blast with it.

    I use TI flats on my Jazz bass and love the sound and feel. The fretless was/is strung with flats, but they are not TIs. Whatever is on there sound similar, and are only just a bit higher in tension. They don't sound real "thuddy", they are clear and expressive, articulate, respond really well to vibrato and buzz nicely off the rosewood fingerboard.

    So I am wondering what these strings might be? They have black silks at the tuning end that go high up the string. In other words, the silks don't come all the way down to just above the nut, like the Roto RS 66LDs do (or at least used to on a Fender, been years since I used 'em). Interestingly, they have no silk at the ball end; first time I have seen that.

    Any ideas?
  2. jamersonburton

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    Labella's? But i haven't played 'em... (yet ;))
  3. Gorn Captain

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    That's my guess.
  4. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    If I could see the windings I can tell if La bella too. Need to see ball end area and tuning post area.

    If bella should be super smooth. And measure 37" ball to silk
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  6. 62Jazzbass

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    Interesting. I'll try and snap a couple of pictures when I get home. They are "super smooth", so you guys might be in to something.

    So, assuming they are LaBellas, how do they wear? I have had my TIs on my Jazz for 4 years Nd to me they sound the same as when I put them on.

    What should I expect? If they tend to go really dead I'll likely want to replace them.
  7. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    You should be able to have those strings on for a very long time just like your T-I's.
  8. 62Jazzbass

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  10. Gorn Captain

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    Labellas. Best flats even.
  11. 62Jazzbass

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    So that's confirmation then.

    Interesting, based on all the "flats" threads I have seen through the years, LaBellas are the last flats I would have expected to like. Let me restate that - the last ones I would have expected to like for the reasons I cited in my first post.

    They don't strike me as that different from my TIs. Of course, the TIs are on a Jazz, and the LaBellas are on a P, and I have not personally worked with/played a P in over 20 years. Perhaps there are too many variables for real comparison.

    Still itching to try some TIs on the fretless. Maybe I'll spring for a set, and then put the LaBellas on my Ric 4003 (!).
  12. Gorn Captain

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    Best flats ever is what I meant to say.

    I'm basically certain that's what they are, but slapinfunk is the expert.

    I think they're 45-105's cuz different deep talkin flat gauges have different silk colors.

    I've always preferred lighter gauges on fretless so the TI's could be a better fit.

    I bet the labellas would be great on the fat ric neck.
  13. SLaPiNFuNK

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    Them there be La bella
  14. 62Jazzbass

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    Thanks for the confirmation. Can't decide if I'm going to keep em on or slap some TIs on there. I certainly like the way they sound, but I have enjoyed the TIs on my Jazz so much, i am curious about what they would bring to the fretless.

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