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Are Chromes okay for string through basses?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Sgroh87, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. Sgroh87


    Dec 4, 2012
    DFW, Texas
    I'm thinking about getting a fretless bass and putting some flatwound strings on it in the near future, but the one I'm looking at is marketed as having a string through bridge design. I'd heard that flats typically don't do well with string through basses but I thought I'd ask if anyone had tried it with any degree of success.
  2. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    i've strung Chromes, DR Legends and Roto 77's through the bridge on my p-basses and haven't had any problems. if the string saddle is too far back, it can make for too extreme of an angle and the string can break. Labella makes string-thru versions of their deep talkin' flats.
  3. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I've had Chromes on my Precision strung-thru-body and they were fine.
  4. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I never sting any of my basses string thru body. I don't like the idea of taking a fat string and bending it 90 degrees.
  5. GroovinOnFunk

    GroovinOnFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Endorses ClearTone and SIT Strings
    flats going through body (chromes, in particular) have never been a problem on Fenders I've had
  6. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    It doesn't bend 90 degrees in Fenders. It puts two separate bends into the string.
  7. The only time I tried Chromes through body were on my '97 MIA Jazz. They were too short and the silk wrap extended on to (into) the nut. I just cut it back, but still.
  8. tonym


    Apr 12, 2011
    They've lengthened the strings since then. I had the same problem with my first set, but I changed them out and talked to D'Addario and Bass Strings Online and was glad to find out about the change. The new ones cleared the nut no problem.

    D'Addario even promised that if they didn't clear the fret they'd send me a new longer set for free. Nice folks.
  9. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I can vouch for that. Mine cleared the nut, too.
  10. yes!
  11. jmlee

    jmlee Catgut? Not funny. Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    I tried to put TI Jazz Flats on a string-through G&L L-2500 and the B string absolutely would not fit through the ferrule. other than that, never had a problem with string-through flats.
  12. Yep, I've had the same chromes on my mustang bass for about three years now. They´re fine. And they sound great too.
  13. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    This doesn't answer your question but string through body basses are a pain the the butt! Which scale length string to buy? Sharp kink coming up to the bridge saddles weakens the string. Serves no advantage but surely serves disadvantages. Some string manufacturers STRONGLY state to not use their string through body.

    Sadly, I have 7 basses that are string through body. One them lets me by-pass through the body and go through the bridge.

    Through the bridge is the best way!
  14. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Yes you can use the chromes thru-body on most basses.

    Some companies do say not to run their strings Thru-Body but they make strings that are specifically for thru-body stringing now.