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

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

  1. raul

    raul

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    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 looks Supporting Member

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    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

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    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

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    Yes to the .040-.100....and those are the cheap ones, even better.
  5. Duckwater

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    I like my flats 40-100 but my next set will be even lighter
  6. Luckydog

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    You might like Sadowsky light gauge flats. Or perhaps light gauge labellas. (You didnt describe the tone youre after).
  7. Frenchy-Lefty

    Frenchy-Lefty

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    I tried a countless amount of flats and to me a similar tension would be Labella 760FL's. And they sound the best.
  8. gary m

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    GHS precision flats, light gauge...
  9. ghostfather

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    ^ 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.
  10. MICKUSS

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    I would go less than .100. That's still a lot more tension than .105 in my opinion.
  11. dropbass

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    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
  12. LHbassist

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    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.
  13. Duckwater

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    Depends on the strings, my 45-105 Boomers have more tension than the 40-100 Fender flats that I'm taking a break from.

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