Which Flats if I'm used to 45-105 rounds?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by raul, Feb 4, 2014.


  1. raul

    raul

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Messages:
    306
    Location:
    Planet Earth
    Looking for similar tension for primarily finger style picking. Not too loose feeling like the TI set I tried. Chromes are awesome...but which are most similar in tension to 45-105 rounds? I have a rather busy right hand technique if that helps. I need something to grip onto when plucking. Oh...on a P Bass...yeah...which flats for the kind of tension and feel I'm looking for?
     
  2. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2010
    Messages:
    1,687
    Location:
    22 ft below sea level
    Just a little less like 40-100 would do. Both my basses are strung with flats. One 130-105-80-60 (B E A D), the other 100-75-55-40 (E A D G). The difference in tension isn't that much.
     
  3. Dredmahawkus

    Dredmahawkus Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2012
    Messages:
    1,444
    Location:
    Boston
    Disclosures:
    I stuck a bass in my
    I like thicker rounds and lighter flats....sadowsky flats are a nice even tones medium tension....a little bright but still boomy.
     
  4. Remus_Redbone

    Remus_Redbone

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2010
    Messages:
    346
    Yes to the .040-.100....and those are the cheap ones, even better.
     
  5. Register to disable this ad
  6. Duckwater

    Duckwater

    Joined:
    May 10, 2010
    Messages:
    1,880
    Location:
    USA, Washington
    I like my flats 40-100 but my next set will be even lighter
     
  7. Luckydog

    Luckydog Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 1999
    Messages:
    1,560
    You might like Sadowsky light gauge flats. Or perhaps light gauge labellas. (You didnt describe the tone youre after).
     
  8. Frenchy-Lefty

    Frenchy-Lefty

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2009
    Messages:
    443
    I tried a countless amount of flats and to me a similar tension would be Labella 760FL's. And they sound the best.
     
  9. gary m

    gary m

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Messages:
    939
    Location:
    Mid -Atlantic
    GHS precision flats, light gauge...
     
  10. ghostfather

    ghostfather

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2013
    Messages:
    61
    ^ this. I went from 45-105 rounds to the 760 FLs.
    I think I could stand for the D and G strings to be a little heavier, maybe.
     
  11. MICKUSS

    MICKUSS

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2012
    Messages:
    569
    Location:
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    I would go less than .100. That's still a lot more tension than .105 in my opinion.
     
  12. dropbass

    dropbass

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2007
    Messages:
    475
    Location:
    Saint Augustine, Florida
    I def lighter on the flats I like to be able to put back round wnds if need be and not have to adjust much
     
  13. LHbassist

    LHbassist

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2003
    Messages:
    280
    Media:
    1
    Location:
    Reno, Nevada
    I use 45,65,85,105,125 stainless rounds.
    I have at least five basses strung with D'Addario Chromes, The EC81 set- 45, 65, 80- 100. I LOVE them. They feel about the same, pull wise, from string to string. A great set of flats.
    Any heavier, like the 50-105, or LaBella Jamerson heavy gauges, and you risk a lot of tension, especially on a vintage type truss rod necked bass, like my Fender reissues. The high quality Thomastik Flats -the current
    'Holy Grail' of flats for many- are far too rubbery for my liking.
     
  14. Duckwater

    Duckwater

    Joined:
    May 10, 2010
    Messages:
    1,880
    Location:
    USA, Washington
    Depends on the strings, my 45-105 Boomers have more tension than the 40-100 Fender flats that I'm taking a break from.
     

Share This Page