Best Flats for Throaty/Scooped/Picked thump?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Rea, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. Rea


    Dec 10, 2014

    Im deeply in love with my $450 Univox Hi Flier. It has a sound no other of my big collection of top end basses has. Deep scooped thump when played with a pick and palming the strings. Insane Gainsburg on steroids.

    However, there is a bit of brittleness coming from the rounds, so i want to go flat but not lose the click and high end.

    Any advice?
  2. labella 760FL are pretty scooped and are flats, but don't have a lot of high end content, more just thump and scoop.
  3. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    TI Jazz flats have a beautiful high end on my '51 re-issue.
  4. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    This guy uses LaBella Deep Talking on his...

    And I really love the sound of it...
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  5. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    +1 on the Labella 760FL. Scooped a bit, major thump.
  6. yes but they are the opposite of mid scooped. they are severely mid humped and have a lot of treble content without a lot of bass. basically the opposite of what the poster is asking for.
  7. Rea


    Dec 10, 2014
    Yep= Need scoopage- but scoop means, in my case, nice high/high mids and bass with a drop from between around 700-300hz
  8. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    I'd say use an equalizer, so you can manipulate the tone to your liking.
  9. Rea


    Dec 10, 2014
    Yep. But i still want a start point. Evidenally with the rounds i cant eq to maintain high AND get rid of brittlness... So, as always, better to start w the sound ur after. Eq is just last stage sweetening for me.
  10. Rea


    Dec 10, 2014
    Im in love with it. I cant believe non of my super hi end expensive rare basses, some cost over 10 times this one, can't come close to this particular tone! They do other things better then this one for sure, but nothing can do this particular type of scoopy thump. I love underdogs that kick ass!
  11. friendlybass

    friendlybass Guest

    Jul 19, 2012
    Theres one of those at my local GC, if it makes it a month maybe ill haggle for it
  12. hey go for tape wounds, they are very scooped IMO. all bass and treble/high mids. that's what herbie flowers used when recording with serge gainsbourg.
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  13. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    The click-thump-no mids were best done with '60's and '70's Fender flats with a pick, which are no longer made. GHS gets close after they have had time to settle in. La Bella black tapes in regular gauge are similar, but because of he nylon wrap the pick attack is not quite as authoritative.

    The other version of click-thump-no mids was Sir Macca with Maxima flats on his Rickenbacker, which again, are no longer made. The closest now made are Optima flats (regular, not the gold) which claim to be made the same way.

    The more "wooly" version is the T-I pure nickel flats, but they go almost too dark. I have not used Pyramids, although there are those who swear by the 40-105 set for that tone.

    The La Bellas, whether their regular 760's, or the newer "low tension" flats (made to compete with T-I) should also work well.

    Remember that Sir Macca was one of the first to use the "smiley face" eq, which has a lot to do with the tone, as much or more than strings.
  14. Rea


    Dec 10, 2014
    Wow overwhelming;) hard make a choice without trying al of the above... Pricey test but i guess its the only way
  15. Klonk


    Apr 28, 2011
    Pyramid or LaBella 760FS should work nicely, IMO