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Anybody Use Flats on a Steinberger?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by peabody, Sep 24, 2010.


  1. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
    I just picked up a late 80's Steinberger XP (with active pickups). I remember several years ago I used to hate looking at these basses, but now I think the shape is kinda cool.

    Anyway, I have flats on all of my other basses, but I'm thinking that rounds will probably work better on this bass. I was just wondering if anyone has or currently uses flats on their Steinberger. As I looked at strings on-line for this bass (the ball end ones), there are quite a few choices for rounds, but only a couple of choices for flats.

    Just wondering....
     
  2. David Cardoza

    David Cardoza

    Apr 16, 2004
    Just last year, I started using flats on my Steinberger XM-2...
    I'd had a lot of luck with them on other basses, and they are
    great on the Stieny... actually worked out much better for
    the Blues-oriented band (with horns) that I'm working with
    at the moment.
     
  3. GM60466

    GM60466

    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Love 'em $40 a set
     
  4. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    I've used them several times on my XL-2 - it's a mood thing. But they sound great when I do. I've been using Status strings for years and recommend them.
     
  5. 251

    251

    Oct 6, 2006
    Metro Boston MA
    I used to use LaBella flats on my XP2. I finally got totally fed up with the limited selection, availability & price of double ball strings & bought a string adapter. With a little time invested learning to use it, I can mount any strings I like. If you go shopping for an adapter, pick up a few replacement "string claws". They occasionally break, always at an inconvenient time & are not hard to install. You can find both parts on eBay.

    Glad to hear you've lost your head. :cool:
     
  6. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    I've had a few Steinbergers, XL-2s and L2s. I had put Labella flats on one, and another came with Status flats on it.

    I hated the Status flats but I was looking for a classic reggae tone; they were very middy and would have been fine for a different situation, e.g. rock, etc.

    The LaBellas were exactly what I was looking for, warm, gutsy and bouncy round sounding with tons of punch. The clarity and sustain of the Steinie gave the Labellas a somewhat different character than they have on Fenders, for example, very cool sounds.
     
  7. No.
    A Steinberger deserves the tone it was meant to produce.
    If anything, it'll be your roundwound bass.
    Might get you out of (or into) a jam someday.
     
  8. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    NY & MA
    I've had Chromes on my Steinberger for years. I ended up using a String Adapter because, like you, I found there to be very few choices out there in double ball flat wound strings.
     

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