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Alternative to TI Jazz Flats for drop tuning

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Mushroo, May 17, 2017.

  1. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    Long time TI Jazz flat users here. However, a new band I'm in tunes EbAbDBGb and also sometimes drops the Eb to Db. I'm finding that the TI's are just too loose for me in the drop tuning. My action is bottoming out and if I pluck hard, the string hits the pickup, which doesn't sound good.

    I'm looking for suggestions, from people who know and love TI Jazz Flats, can you recommend another brand of flats that is in the ballpark in terms of feel and tone, but has slightly higher tension for low tunings? Thanks in advance!
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I don't really like TI flats but nothing else really comes close to their sound and feel in my experience. You might just have to try getting used to something new.

    Or maybe TI BEAD flats could be tuned up.
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  3. I've read some posts by a TB member who swears by the new Sadowsky BLUE label flats as the closest alternative to the TI flats. They do come in the standard 45-65-85-105, which should work out okay for the Eb tuning.

    Sadowsky Blue Label Flatwound Bass Strings from Bass Strings Online

    (Disclaimer: I have no personal experience with them.)
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  4. Here's one of the posts by @ljazz from another thread:

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  5. hotbass57


    Nov 27, 2011
    I'm in a band that tunes 1/2 step down. I use TI's on my jazz and have set action a tad higher to compensate. But my main bass for that gig is a Pbass which I use the Labella low tension flats. I set the bass up tuned a half down and they are perfect tension for 1/2 step down with nice low action.
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  6. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    For closest tone to JF344 with Drop D tuning, Sadow Blk Label flat 45-105 maybe is your juice with little thick low end.
    Last edited: May 17, 2017
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  7. ljazz


    Dec 10, 2002
    Cookeville, TN
    I played Black Labels for a year tuned down a half step..... They don't sound anything like TI's..... Especially after they've broken in. They are scooped a touch (they sound really good on a Jazz, but not my thing on a P)

    I haven't tried the Blue Labels down a half step yet, but they sound closer to TIJF's than anything else I've tried (actually a bit more girth in the low mids than TIJF's, so they sound thicker in the mix). If I were to be in a position where I was down a half step all the time again, I'd switch to the heavier gauge Blues and call it a day!
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  8. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    i used TIJF tuned down for many years, never had issues. i'm now using GHS precision flats .40 .55 .75 .100 and similar tension but more of a classic flatwound type tone. pyramids have more tension but still have tons of mids (all nickel) like TI, but are more traditional sounding.

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