Flat preferences?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by blackreverend, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. Hey All,
    Looking for a set of flats to put on a Lakland 55-94; for those that have this bass, what flats do you use like and why?

  2. sloppysubs


    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC
    I prefer the D'addario's. They are great strings with a good tension and feel.

    They, IMO, have a good response over the whole spectrum. Good thump.
  3. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    I have had great results with Labella Flats, Fender Flats and my favorites..Sadowsky Flat wound strings ..also made by LaBella..
  4. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Depends... What are you looking for in a flat?

    I like chromes for rock. Bright with good sustain but still with some thump.

    I really like the sound of the Rotosound 88 tapewounds. Dark, heavy thump. Very little sustain. Might not cut through well in a band situation. But probably as close to a DB sound as you are going to get on a BG.

    LaBella Deep Talkin' Bass for everything else.

    If you want to save money, Fender flats give a good vintage sound but are very high tension.
  5. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
  6. Squidfinger

    Squidfinger I wish I could sing like Rick Danko.

    Jan 7, 2004
    Shreveport LA
    I highly recommend you atleast try Thomastik-Infeld jazz flats. They are very unique among flats. Low tension with a very smooth midrange.

    I had Chromes on my bass for about 6 months before I made the switch to the TI's. I practice atleast 30 minutes a day and the higher strings never died down and the set started sounding unbalanced. The tension was also irritating the crap out of my trigger finger. Then I made the switch to TI's and everything was OK.