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Chromes vs. fender flats

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by 4bassjohn, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. I'm currently using Chromes and thinking about trying Fender flats. Any opinions/experience out there?
  2. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Chrome are brighter and sustain more than fender flats- if you want the sound of vintage 5th and 1960 s records get the fender flats. Labell a Jamerson set is pretty authentic too.
  3. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Anything is better than Chromes.
  4. charismaticdog


    Aug 2, 2012
    I've tried Chromes, current Fender flats and TIJFs. I find the Chromes too stiff and not really my style tone wise. The TIs are a little bit loose but sound nice especially once they settle in. Fenders split the difference nicely though I miss a little of the sustain the TIs have.
  5. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Not the new Fenders. Just as bright as chromes but to my ears a nicer sounding upper mid.
  6. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Ernie Ball Flats Wounds are about as close to the old Fenders as I have found. The LaBella strings are similar but seem oddly clunky to me.
  7. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Don't forget pyramid gold- only heard on millions of Beatles records...
  8. Nothing is better than chromes.
  9. Mktrat

    Mktrat Seriously, are we not doing phrasing anymore? Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2013
    The Mitten
    I get more growl from my fretless jazz with 9050's than I do with chromes.

    BUT I prefer my P with chromes.
  10. Rich McCoy

    Rich McCoy

    Apr 8, 2013
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  11. GrumpiusMaximus

    GrumpiusMaximus I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe

    Mar 11, 2013
    Kent, United Kingdom
    I bought some Fender steel medium light flats yesterday far my Yamaha P/J. They are brighter than I was expecting (brighter than the last set of flats that I bought - I (helpfully) forget which brand they were) but sound good and have a relatively even tension. I like them so far.
  12. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001

    It's possible. But no is 100% sure of this. McCartney never paid any attention to what strings he was using.

    On Abbey Road he used Rotosound Tru Bass 88 tapewounds.
  13. Dredmahawkus


    Nov 4, 2012
    Fender flats are made by d addario now so they are almost the same string! they have that hollow tinny sound chromes do but are a bit darker....look on ebay for an old set of fender flats before they switched....I just put a pack of those on my new P and they are great! more growly and much more thumpy then the chromes/fender product they are selling now!
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  14. rob_thebassman


    Jul 26, 2010
    Normanton, UK
    playing bass since 2005
  15. Rich McCoy

    Rich McCoy

    Apr 8, 2013
    I totally disagree. The new Fender's I have been using sound nothing like Chromes...and I use to be a Chromes user.
    Used to be.
    The Fender's are more pliable, and brighter.
    Plus, to me at least, they bring out the best in a split P Pup.
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  16. BenWhoPlaysBass


    Jun 7, 2013
    Last time I bought a set of fender flats, they were shockingly bright to be flatwounds. Later on they settled into a really flat middy kinda tone. Pretty good "thump" on the low E and A strings, but the D & G stayed kinda bright and snappy. Dunno, I liked the GHS flats I had on it before better.
  17. I currently have chromes on my p and ti's on my j

    The p is back in its case and I am pretty full on onto the j

    I am not one for the chromes and plan to restring the p...

    But that's just my experience , I had issues early on with ti s ..(See other threads) but I persisted with both ti's and chromes, admittedly on two different guitars but I don't see myself sticking with chromes...

  18. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    The new Fenders look and feel like Chromes to me (I could be wrong of course). They have the same multicolored ball ends that Chromes do, so it might be safe to say that D'Addario is making these. Are they the same as Chromes inside and out? Not sure, but to my ears they're very close. It wouldn't be the first time a major string maker supplied OEM product under a different maker's brand.
  19. Dredmahawkus


    Nov 4, 2012
    All of Fenders strings now are just like d'addario its not just the chromes....the 7250 are just about the same as XLs....the 8250s are totally different now! I dont think they are roundcore anymore...and they go totally dead like d'addario in a week and a half....even the feel...I have many packs of old strings and its a totally different string...the new ones just have that same feel d'addario have.....plus another give away besides the feel the going dead and the ball ends is price.....Fenders used to be almost double in price! now they are the same price as d'addario.
    Its too bad they used to make decent strings.
    D'addario might make them to Fenders specs....but either the material they use or the process of making it you can totally feel that cheap d'addario feel in all their strings now.
  20. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    No. They have different cores, different alloy wraps, the wraps are different widths and are wound the opposite way, and have different ratios as to the gauge of the core vs. the wrap.

    Chromes have an initial high end zing that fades to thump.

    Fenders have a mid growl that gradually mellows over time.

    If you play Fender flats for a long time, and your E string gets thumpy, but the rest of the set is still fine, do not despair purchasing an entirely new set. Once settled in, if the E string goes, the same gauges of Ernie Ball flat E-strings have a similar, but more subdued growl that blends with the ADG of the Fenders.
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