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Flatwound for my Fender P-Bass ???

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by sucho2000, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. sucho2000


    Nov 19, 2009

    I have done a few search through TB
    and found that there is a tension issue with the bass necks..

    I currently have a MIJ fender precision bass made in 94-95 ish.
    Currently strung with an unknown roundwound with
    super-low action and super-low tension.. (Bought as is..)

    I am trying to convert to flatwound for this bass...
    My questions are:

    Should I adjust truss and bridge to accomodate the flatwounds ??
    And if I go for lighter gauges, I can just use as it is??

    Please recommend me one good-value (cheapish) flatwound to a COMPLETE NEWBIE to the flatwound... :help:

    It would be great if I do not have to change my setup


  2. D'addario Chromes, but others will have other opinions.

    No matter what strings you put on, unbelt for a good setup if you can't DIY. It'll be like getting a brand-new bass for a fraction of the price.
  3. Sadowsky Flats...simply the best!
  4. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    San Diego, California
    I really liked the fender flatwound strings on a P-bass, but apparently they have changed, and I can't comment on the new ones.
  5. JackANSI


    Sep 12, 2006
    i didn't need to 'retool' any of my basses I put Chromes on as long as I got the size closest to what was on there already.
  6. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    +1 to the entire post !

  7. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    San Diego, California
    chromes are pretty bright though. if you're going for an old school "vintage" fender sound, they're definitely not the string for the job IMO
  8. waynobass


    Feb 27, 2008
    I use GHS Precision flats, light guage. They are low-tension and inexpensive. And the purple threads are lovely.
  9. I've tried LaBella and DR flats. The LaBellas are deeper sounding. The DRs are brighter and cut through the mix a bit better. Also, the DRs have lower tension compared to the LaBellas.
  10. Jayhawk


    Sep 6, 2006
    Kansas City
    +1 on GHS Precisions - they're very affordable and, after a short break in period, play great. And yes, you will most likely have to do one, or more, adjustments to the truss rod when you make the switch.
  11. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
  12. Same here on a Squier P-bass.
  13. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    I'm a fan of Sadowsky flats, but YMMV. No matter what I always end up tweaking my setup after a string change, unless it is switching to the exact brand and gauge strings.

    As other have stated here, a good setup is priceless!
  14. bassman_al

    bassman_al Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2008
    Fairfax, VA USA
  15. +3 for GHS precision light gauge...
    warm & thumpy (old school P)

    You should teach yourself how to set up your bass,
    It'll be priceless in the future, and it's not difficult to learn
  16. There is no tension issue whatsoever with a properly functioning P or J neck. That's simply incorrect.

    That said, the classic P sound is usually Labella Deep Talkin' flats.
  17. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9 Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    I find that TI Jazz flats are the best and the lightest tension.

    Economical? Hell yes! If you like them, they will last forever.

    If you don't, you can sell them on the classifieds for a $10 loss.

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