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Flatwound string identification help (PICS Inside)

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by chilliwilli, Feb 19, 2017.


  1. chilliwilli

    chilliwilli

    Aug 17, 2005
    Just got a P bass today and I like the flat wounds a lot. After doing some research it seems only brand flats with red silk on both ends are Rotosound (not sure which guages have them though) and THI Jazz Flatwounds. I've never played either before, so no clue. I can only feel the windings on the E string, so they are very smooth, but not quite Labella smooth. What do you guys think?

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  2. chilliwilli

    chilliwilli

    Aug 17, 2005
    Thanks! Do all of the gauges have the same red silk? Any idea what guage these ones are?
     
  3. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Yes. The Steve Harris set is different but there is also a regular set with those gauges.
     
  4. Any reason those couldn't be TI's? That is all I use for flats and it is hard to tell from the photos and not being able to feel the string but they look like TI's. They also feel like what you are describing where you can feel some texture on the low E and not on the rest.
     
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  5. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    The way the windings are at the bridge...

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  6. I could be wrong, but as far as I know from a few photos I've seen, the silk on the TIs wouldn't line up as neatly as the ones in the above photo.
     
  7. shoulderpet

    shoulderpet

    Sep 24, 2015
    The TI's are very low tension so if they feel that way they may be TI's , they look like they might be Rotosound flatwounds, you will know if they are as they are very high tension and very stiff feeling
     
  8. chilliwilli

    chilliwilli

    Aug 17, 2005
    They don't feel low tension to me, but I wouldn't describe them as very stiff either......typical D'addario chrome sets and Labellas are stiffer I think.

    What do the ball ends and silks look like on TIs?
     
  9. Here's a post by @G.Bisson from another thread:

     
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  10. chilliwilli

    chilliwilli

    Aug 17, 2005
    I guess that settles it then?
     
  11. Richie Se7en

    Richie Se7en I've been wrong before... it was back in '87 Supporting Member

    I thought SlaPINFunK settled it... the cat does own a bass string dealership ;)
     
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  12. shawshank72

    shawshank72

    Mar 22, 2009
    Canada
    Times like these we need an option to stop the thread.
     
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  13. No. La Bella flats don't have silk at the ball ends.
     
  14. FenderP

    FenderP

    May 7, 2005
    Rotosound RS77 set for sure. I've seen enough of them since the late 80s :)
     
  15. chilliwilli

    chilliwilli

    Aug 17, 2005
    I think we need about 8 more opinions just to be on the safe side....
     
  16. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    I most certainly do not know everything. I try to share what I do though...
     
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  17. Richie Se7en

    Richie Se7en I've been wrong before... it was back in '87 Supporting Member

    You've always given me good advice on string-related matters, so your word is plenty good enough for me. :thumbsup:
     
  18. Klonk

    Klonk

    Apr 28, 2011
    Norway
    Looks like Rotosound RS77 indeed. That's not TI flats, you can tell the difference on the silk layer. The surface of the strings are a bit "rough" for a flatwound too, which is another indication that points to RS77. TIs are smoother feeling, and a lot looser tension.