# Experimental Gauge Set of LaBella Flats

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by AlarmClock314, Oct 7, 2013.

1. ### AlarmClock314

Mar 26, 2007
Southern WI
Bass String Online offers single strings of LaBella Deep Talkin' Flats. What do you think of this string combination:

G .039 - Orange
D .060 - Red
A .085 - Black
E .109 - Blue

Basically taking one string from each set:
FX .039 .056 .077 .096 - Orange
FL .043 .060 .082 .104 - Red
FS .045 .065 .085 .105 - Black
FM .049 .069 .089 .109 - Blue

I'm guessing this would produce fairly strong inverse tension. Thoughts?

2. ### jasper383Supporting Member

Dec 5, 2004
Durham NC
What are you using to calculate string tension? Does La Bella publish the tensions of their strings?

If they don't, you can use D'Addario's string tensions as a substitute. I assume Chromes and La Bellas behave similarly.

3. ### AlarmClock314

Mar 26, 2007
Southern WI
Unfortunately, LaBella does not seem to publish tension data. Here's the comparative tension to long scale D'Addario Chromes:

G .039 ~35.6 - Orange
D .060 ~45.2 - Red
A .085 ~50.2 - Black
E .109 ~45.1 - Blue

Not quite the tension I was hoping for.

4. ### ixlramp

Jan 25, 2005
UK
I think i like it , but then im biased towards inverse tension.

5. ### AlarmClock314

Mar 26, 2007
Southern WI
If the Chrome's tension data applies to LaBella flats (not sure how closely they do), here would be a fairly balanced set:

G .043 ~42.5 - Red
D .060 ~45.2 - Red
A .082 ~46.3 - Red
E .109 ~45.1 - Blue

FX .039 .056 .077 .096 - Orange
FL .043 .060 .082 .104 - Red
FS .045 .065 .085 .105 - Black
FM .049 .069 .089 .109 - Blue

Or even better (I like lighter gauges/lower tension):

G .039 ~35.6 - Orange
D .056 ~38.3 - Orange
A .077 ~39.3 - Orange
E .104 ~40.9 - Red

FX .039 .056 .077 .096 - Orange
FL .043 .060 .082 .104 - Red
FS .045 .065 .085 .105 - Black
FM .049 .069 .089 .109 - Blue

6. ### jasper383Supporting Member

Dec 5, 2004
Durham NC
I have made a few non-D'Addario balanced tension sets using the D'Addario tension chart, and have been pleasantly surprised.

Yes, if you use the 43 gauge G string, you're going to end up with a pretty fat A and E strings, especially if you're going for increasing tension. Start with the 39.

7. ### CM63

Feb 9, 2013
Walnut Creek, Ca
No lack of tone with lighter guages?
Flats have changed my life! They sound huge (IMO) in 45-105 (and higher) But they are killing my hands!

8. ### JimmyM

Apr 11, 2005
Apopka, FL
Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
I think this "lack of tone" thing in lighter gauge strings is silly. I have a standing offer to people for \$50 if they can reliably tell what gauge strings someone uses just by listening to recordings. So far, no takers.

9. ### jasper383Supporting Member

Dec 5, 2004
Durham NC
The light La Bella flat set, with the 39 G string, is great. Very much like the TI Jazz set in feel, but with the La Bella sound.

No loss of tone.

10. ### Shatmusket

Aug 24, 2012
Denver, CO
My P bass is currently strung with .109, .82, .60, .45 (blue, red, red, black) and I love it! Its roughly 45-46lbs of tension and it sounds/feels great!

Jun 14, 2010