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Flats with the most " Growl " ?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by NorCal Dog, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. NorCal Dog

    NorCal Dog

    Nov 28, 2005
    i know that the term " growl " is very subjective, & differs from player to player, but i'm looking for the growliest set of flats i can get

    any input would be appreciated :)
  2. Ricky Caboverde

    Ricky Caboverde Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Miami, FL
    TI flats for sure!
  3. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9 Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    I have found TI Jazz flats to be very mellow.
    The most growl of the flats I've tried (EB, LaBella, Chromes, TI's and DR's) is the DR's.
  4. superfunk47


    Sep 9, 2007
    TI flats define growl for me.
  5. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    Mid heavy growl--TI Flats.
    Middy growl with a little crispier high end-Chromes
    Low end growl--La Bella

    I sound like a wine taster. :)
  6. HogieWan


    Feb 4, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    I put some LaBella tapes on my fretless expecting a mellow/muffled tone, but they are quite bright. Very roundwound tone to them
  7. ken smith slick rounds. not a true flatwound, but they sure do growl... especially with a hint of tube overdrive.
  8. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    I think most tapes are roundwound under the plastic. Not a flatwound sound or feel at all.
  9. I've not tried the Chromes, but this is how I feel about the TI flats and La Bella's for sure. The La Bella's also kick like a mule! Lots of thump. TI's are great too, a little brighter than the La Bella's,not as much low,low kick-but tone,tone, tone.....
  10. Robman


    Mar 19, 2004
    Sherman, Texas
    Rotosound Jazz 77's pretty darn growlie!
  11. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    I feel like the growl comes from the lower tension and I get that with the TI Jazz Flats.
  12. ashtray9


    Aug 1, 2002
    Tempe Arizona
    I always found that lowered action and better technique always made my basses growl. All about letting that string sing, IMO.
  13. NorCal Dog

    NorCal Dog

    Nov 28, 2005
    thanks for the responses

    i currently use
    Laballa FL's

    & just installed a set of Pyramid Golds last night <<< INCREDIBLE TONE,, 'ol school THUMP,, the bottom end just ROARS,, but has very nice definition,, :hyper::hyper::hyper: imo, paired up with the Nordstrand Big Singles, it's the PHATTest sounding flat i've played to date

    but, how about Sadowsky's for Growl, anyone ?
  14. Deacon_Blues


    Feb 11, 2007
    +1000. My favorite flats, too.
  15. NorCal Dog

    NorCal Dog

    Nov 28, 2005
    they instantly became my favorite flat,,,, by far :D

    no break in time
    incredible tone
    huge fundamentals, yet can hear many harmonics
    can get a nice slap tone
    best feel in a flat

    yep, instantly :bassist:
  16. These.

  17. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    Low Mid Growl: Labella FL760
    Low Mid Growlier: Sadowsky flats.

    On a Jazz with low action, played behind the neck PUP, and rolling one of the PUPs off a bit, you will get more growl than you thought possible with flats. Great tone in a mix!
  18. NorCal Dog

    NorCal Dog

    Nov 28, 2005
    i likes the sounds of that

  19. birdie num nums

    birdie num nums

    Dec 20, 2006
    +1 on Sadowskys. I had them on my DJ4. Very nice growl indeed....
  20. DavePlaysBass


    Mar 31, 2004
    I think of growl being upper mids / lower treble. If that's the case I would say EB flats which I think are similiar to Chromes. They had a lot of clank for flats.

    TI flats to me were more of low to middle mid punch.

    And Labella 760FLs had a nice low mid thing but voiced deeper than the TIs.

    Of the three I tried, the TIs sound good on the four basses I have tried them on. The EB flats (50-105) just did not do it for me. They were clanky and indistinct. The 760FLs were great if the music has the space for it. In a mix they tended to get lost at times but I do like playing them. They had deep thump. More thump than TIs.

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