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Experimental Gauge Set of LaBella Flats

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


  1. AlarmClock314

    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. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting 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

    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

    ixlramp

    Jan 25, 2005
    UK
    I think i like it , but then im biased towards inverse tension.
     
  5. AlarmClock314

    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. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting 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

    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

    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. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting 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

    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!
     
  11. stonewall

    stonewall

    Jun 14, 2010
    ontario,Canada
    I think someone has to much time on their hands.