Anyone tried LaBella Jamerson flats ???

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by DaveB, Nov 28, 2000.

  1. DaveB


    Mar 29, 2000
    Toronto Ontario
    I would like to hear from anyone who has tried LaBella flats but especially the Jamerson set. How would you compare them to TI Flats both tonally and how they feel/play?
  2. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000

    I tried the LaBella Jamerson set. Maybe I got some
    kind o' fluke-y set or whatever, but them dang
    things are HUGE! Talk about your telephone cables.
    The tension is up there too. I tried `em on a Yamaha
    260F (fretless) and the dang E string (.110") broke
    the nut! Granted, it was a plastic nut (vs brass or
    bone) but sheesh! After the glue set, I put on a
    set of T/I flats (JF344) on the 260F and boy does that
    cheap little thang sing! The output from that passive
    P pup is nutz with those T/I's. Also, `cause they're
    wound on a round core, the feel is like buddah.

    I wanted a heavy set of flats (initially) for my
    Jack Casady Signature. After seein' what the Jamerson
    set did to my 260, I went with GHS Precision Flatwounds
    (the 3050 "medium" set) for the Casady. They're plenty
    heavy and the winding actually clears the nut! That's
    another thing about the Jamerson set: what the heck scale
    are these things made for (it sure ain't 34").
  3. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    I use the Jamerson LaBella's on a '64 Precision and they sound fantastic. Yes, they're heavy gauge with high tension but, boy, do they have tone! Not "rubbery" like the TI's (which I LOVE on my '97 AmDlxJazFretless) but with somewhat deeper low end, it seems. As has been pointed out, the Jamerson's don't suit every instrument. I've got a feeling a vintage P Bass is the perfect match. They are downright wonderful on Ol' Bessie (my black, pre-CBS P).