Flats for my Pbass?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by TC.65, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. TC.65


    Dec 20, 2008
    Carbondale IL
    Hey all, I don't know much about flats so here's what I'm looking for. I'm looking for a set of flats that have fairly low tension close to rounds, but are very mid focused with good punch. Any help and all opinions will be greatly appreciated.
  2. MartinG1957

    MartinG1957 You can never have too many bones....

    Aug 5, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    I agree with Thand - TI's best flats for me.
  3. TrevorOfDoom


    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    third for TI's
  4. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Another vote for TI's. Great strings, very musical sounding compared to other flats.
  5. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass XBass Cables Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Sadowsky Black Label Flats... light gauge (.040-.100) are a low tension flat that worked best for me. I tried the TI Jazz flats which, besides being more expensive, seemed too 'whippy' to me. I've since moved up to the .045-.105 medium gauge, but if you want a flat with a light touch they're hard to beat IMHO (of course) YMMV, etc.
  6. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    Another vote for Sadowsky Black Label Flats in light gauge. These are fantastic strings, exactly what you're describing.
  7. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    TI's are my choice.
  8. TC.65


    Dec 20, 2008
    Carbondale IL
    Wow lots of votes for the TI flats but they are pricey. Where do I find these Sadowsky flats?
  9. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
  10. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
  11. Eric_71


    Jul 22, 2011
    I'm relatively new to the world of flats, but I like the Labella flats that I have. I recently tried a bass with TIs and I think I prefer the Labellas, though it's tough to know without doing an A/B comparison and having more time in the saddle.

    The point though is that I would recommend considering Labella flats.
  12. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    La Bella 760FL is a great set to start with. Awesome on a P bass.
  13. TC.65


    Dec 20, 2008
    Carbondale IL
    How high is the tension on the LaBella's? That is my main concern.
  14. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    TI's here.
  15. Eric_71


    Jul 22, 2011
    Ah, I guess I don't notice a huge difference between the D'Addarios roundwounds I had on before and the LaBellas. But I'm not super sensitive to that and I kind of like high tension and thick necks, so I may not be the best source.
  16. dcarwin


    Feb 11, 2013
    Fender or Pyramid for me. Ti were too low tension. I do have them on my campfire bass though.
  17. Neon Scribe

    Neon Scribe Supporting Member

    TI Jazz Flats for me too. I tried LaBellas. They sounded great, but the tension was too much for me, especially on a P5. TIs are expensive, but one set lasts a very, very long time.
  18. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Flats on a Precision? Whoever heard of such a thing?