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Flatwound sets: Sadowsky vs. La Bella Deep Talkin'

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by tightbidness, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. Sadowsky Standard flats and La Bella L-760FS Standard flats have the same gauges: 45 65 85 105. It's my understanding that both strings are made by the same manufacturer as well. Does anyone have experience with both of these sets? Is there a discernable difference between the two?

    I'm particularly interested to know if there's a difference in tension. I've been playing Sad Bright Nickels for the past year or so, and they seem to have slightly higher tension than comparable strings.
  2. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Bumping a zombie thread :)
    Yes there is.
    They sound very different but the tension is only slightly different.
    Labella has more so.
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  3. Radio

    Radio Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2010
    New Haven, CT
    Why just last week I was wondering what the difference was. Thanks.
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  4. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Labella have a big low end thump where Sads have less so but a fantastic midrange.
    Labella - vintage
    Sad - modern
    All my opinion.
  5. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    What I like is the OP is still an active member :)
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  6. First off, from 2005 to 2016 is 11 yeas, not 13. ;)

    Secondly, this is not a record. I know of at least one zombie thread that was brought back to life after 16 years.

    Strings - new or old?
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  7. Sorry to be so nit-picky. This is what happens when I'm suffering from severe withdrawal for not being able to touch my bass at least for the next few weeks.
  8. I was gonna say "Where'd the time go? It's 2018 already?".
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  9. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2016
  10. Mad Mux

    Mad Mux

    Apr 12, 2013
    For the last couple months I've been loving the 760FS set on my Franken-P with Fender Original pickups. Gigged this bass this past weekend and now I know for sure, these are my fave flatwounds. I put a set of Sadowskys .40-.100 on another P a month ago, and they are weird....The E is nice, deep and thumpy but alive; the A is nice and bright almost like a roundwound; the D is also thumpy, very little ring or sustain; and the G, well I don't really care, I hardly use it. Very inconsistent for a $46 set of strings. MAYBE they'll settle in with time, but I doubt it, they're too different out of the box.
  11. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    The Sads will even out after a few weeks of play time.
    Labella are fantastic strings, glad you found your fit.