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Flats on Thunderbird

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by MikeTB, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. MikeTB


    Jun 30, 2012
    Ontonagon Mi 49953
    Hey guys,

    I've got a Epiphone Thunderbird, and I wanted to know if my flat wounds would sound good on it, right now I've got my regular strings that came with it at purchase. Any thoughts?

    Thanks Michael
  2. Which flats do you already have? Can't hurt to try...

    T-birds are already dark sounding, so I'd go with bright-ish flats, like D'Addario Chromes, for the best fit. And then you'll be thumpin' away!
  3. MikeTB


    Jun 30, 2012
    Ontonagon Mi 49953
    I don't know to much about strings.... but mine say that they are GHS medium set, so what do ya think?

    Thanks again!
  4. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    Do it. Afterwards, tweak the truss rod, set action and check intonation. Don't look back. ;)
  5. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    My brother put a set of Chromes on his defretted 'bird. Sounds great.
  6. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    My Squier Deluxe Jazz V has GHS Precision Flats on it, as do all my basses.

  7. photogdude

    photogdude ustonsucs Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, Tx
    i put flats on my epi t-bird pro and didn't like them all that much
  8. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    I don't actually care for Chromes much myself, my basses are strung with Sadowsky flats, but the Chromes sounded quite good on the Birdless.
  9. stiles72


    Mar 20, 2009
    Albany IL
    I have a set of GHS Precision flats on my Gibson Thunderbird IV and really like the tone. I use DR Black Beauties on my Epi bird and they are warm enough for me that I haven't felt like trying flats on it. The Epi bird has hotter and darker pups than the Gibson, but I'd definitely give flats a shot.
  10. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
    I think flatwounds would sound great on a T-Bird!
  11. Tanner5382


    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    I keep rounds on my T bird, but on my Gibson Money Bass, which has T Bird pickups, I have Rotosound 77 flats. I think they sound great.
  12. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    If you want to have the ability to cut through a dense mix you definitely want some flats with powerful/aggressive mids. Chromes, Fenders, Sadowsky flats, Rotos and TIs can give you that. Rotos or Chromes with low action would sound perfect IMO. If you want to embrace your T bird's dark character I recommend Labella Deep Talkin Flats or GHS P flats if you want lower tension.
  13. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
    I've actually found T-Birds to be quite bright sounding! I've always found it difficult to get a really warm, mellow sound out of them.

    But they're great basses for a lot things.
  14. MikeTB


    Jun 30, 2012
    Ontonagon Mi 49953
    Ok Thanks guys!

    Will try them and "never look back" ;)
  15. Rotwang


    Nov 6, 2011
    I put Rotosound flats on my '76 Bi-Bird, and it sounds reeal goood.
  16. Chromes are staying on mine. With a pick and chromes, my Epi pro becomes a percussion section unto itself. Fingerstyle is very warm.

    What you may miss is that the growl from roundwounds is gone.
  17. Freez


    Nov 8, 2008
    My bass swings, but your bass swings both ways!!! Rad!!!
  18. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    After 3 years, I have to wonder; which flats did he try? And was he happy?:rolleyes:
    lancimouspitt and Freez like this.