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

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

  1. raul


    Aug 30, 2006
    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

    Dec 7, 2010
    23 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

    Nov 4, 2012
    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


    Dec 27, 2010
    Western AR
    Yes to the .040-.100....and those are the cheap ones, even better.
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  6. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I like my flats 40-100 but my next set will be even lighter
  7. Luckydog


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


    Sep 8, 2009
    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

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    GHS precision flats, light gauge...
  10. ghostfather


    Oct 26, 2013
    ^ 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. I would go less than .100. That's still a lot more tension than .105 in my opinion.
  12. 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


    Apr 4, 2003
    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


    May 10, 2010
    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.