You like or not, not for everyone, if you want to try you have to dedicate one instrument for it and experiment.
Thomastic-Infeld Jazz Flats
- 4.8/5, 4.8 from 5 reviews
Nobody knows flatwound bass strings better than Thomastik-Infeld.
- 4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Apr 3, 2016
- + Good feel
- - Can crack at bridge on a string thru bridge
Would buy and try again
Have used them on both a p and j bass
Personally I liked the low tension but I also prefer lighter gauge generally
Good tone but very different to other flat wounds
I have heard it said that people either love or hate ti's
I don't love them but I think they are a good string and a good alternative
Classic Set of Strings
- 5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Mar 27, 2016
- + Long Lasting, Great Sound
- - Feel, you'll either love it or hate it
These really are a superior set of strings for the right player. I think they have a lot of character that belies the fact they're flatwound. I think there is a strong low and hi mid presence in them, there is no dull thump. On a jazz, they definitely have that growl.
Also, there's no doubt that you'll get years of use out of them if you treat them well. My last set lasted about six years of moderate use and I just put on another set.
I think the biggest potential drawback with this set of strings is the feel. They are loose, and by loose I mean bend right off the fingerboard loose when you're not used to them. Even after playing them for a decade, I'm not sure I like that aspect of them or not, and there is a bit of an adjustment in playing style when I go from bass to bass (only one of my basses has the Jazz Flats on them). I have them on my Roscoe Beck, and they really sound fantastic on that.
My recommendation to fellow bass players is that if they have any interest at all in flatwounds, they should give this set a try one time. Keep them on long enough to get past the "Oh my gosh, I'm bending these off the neck" stage. After about a week, I would imagine you'll know if these are for you or not.
Quick note as to cost: yep, they're really expensive. However, I might have gone through 20-50 sets of strings in the amount of time these give high quality sound, so they have great value, if you find they fit your style of playing.