Anyone use flats on an active bass?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Tendril, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. Tendril


    Sep 28, 2004
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I'm contemplating putting some Fender 9050M's on my Pedulla Rapture, and noticed through my surfing that most people here have them on passive basses.

    any input is appreciated.
  2. Ely


    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    I use TI Jazz Flats on my 5 String Peavey Grind w/ EMG 40Js and an Aguilar OBP-1 Preamp. Love the tone, fat lows, growly mids, and very smooth highs.
  3. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the curmudgeon with a conundrum) Supporting Member

    I use TI Jazz Flats on my Warwick Corvette Std 5 fretless and I love the the feel and the tone I get from them.
  4. JmJ


    Jan 1, 2008
    I've got Fender flats on my Subway Bass. Sounds pretty darn good as I'm told just about every time I bring it out.
  5. psycholalia


    Nov 29, 2007
    Seattle WA
    Yeah, I have got TI Jazz flats on my Pedulla MVP5. Sounds thicker and thumpier, as you would expect and feels supoib.
  6. Bassist4Life

    Bassist4Life Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    I've got TI Jazz Flats on my Yamaha TRB1006. Solid and sweet tone. They play great on that bass. I have the 34" scale strings and the bass is 35". It's a perfect fit. The longer scale of the bass increases the tension of the strings slightly. Good stuff. I love the low B too.

  7. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    I use flats on this active bass:


    Hey Joe, I'm so glad to see you! :)
  8. lmfreeman9


    Sep 1, 2007
    G&L L2000E + TI Flats=Sonic Bliss
  9. boamedt


    Jul 2, 2008
    Santa Rosa, Ca
    Fender Jazz Deluxe 24 V 5-string active/pasive with RotoSound 775LD 45 - 130's on it and they sound awesome great tone.
  10. bobalu


    Oct 1, 2004
    above the 49th
    I use TI Jazz Flats on my Reggie Hamilton Jazz bass, absolutely wonderful tone and feel.
  11. BobaFret


    Jan 22, 2008
    I do now. I had the TI Jazz Flats on my Fender Jazz and up until about an hour ago it was a passive bass. I put in an Audere preamp ( super easy to install ) and it sounds pretty stellar. I'll need a bit more time for a full assessment but my initial take is I love it.
  12. csala

    csala Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2005
    Santa Monica, Ca
    I think the bass player from Matisyahu uses flats on a G&L active bass.
  13. IanStephenson

    IanStephenson UnRegistered User

    Apr 8, 2006
    I've got ground's on a couple of my Kubucki's - not an obvious choice, but sounds great.
  14. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    I just had a fretless neck fitted on my Kubicki, and I was faced with this dilemma. Might be blasphemous, but I put a set of Roto 77's on it. I like it!
  15. SubXero


    Apr 27, 2008
    I've got flats on my main bass, an ibanez sr1000ewn which is active. I've used them on other active basses as well, honestly I prefer flats all-around, whether active or passive, fretted or fretless, I don't see why not?!
  16. Bassist4Life

    Bassist4Life Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    You too Alvaro!
  17. Tendril


    Sep 28, 2004
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Everyone, thanks forthe reponses.

    I put the flats on last nigth and gave the setup a tweak, and played it a bit. sounded pretty darn good.

    I was looking to get away from the fret/finger noise, and the upper zing, and so far, so good. I know I have to gunk them up for a month or so to get a final eval, so that's whats next. Lots of noodling (why practice?:)
  18. play4zero


    Dec 29, 2005
    Edorsing Artist: Eden
    Yes, Kenny Ames, Kelly Hunt's bassist, uses them on his Sadowsky 5 string.
  19. fish slapper

    fish slapper

    Nov 17, 2005
    Newberg, OR
    Yup. On a Fender MIA Dlx V J. Yummy tone and easy on the fingers.
  20. I've got 9050's on my Audere & DiMarzio Ultra J equipped Bacchus. I love it.
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