Flatwound strings for sale back in early 1970's

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by SwitchGear, Aug 19, 2016.

  1. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    Sunny Beach
    I wish to restring my vintage 1960's Japanese short string bass with flatwounds like i used on it back in the early seventies. I don't recall which brand(s) i used back then.

    Anybody have info on string availability from this time period?
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  3. La Bella
    Fender (latest version with a new formula no longer offered in short scale)
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  4. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Shaker Heights, OH
    fender 850 or f-80
    labella 760m
    pyramid gold
    rotosound monel
    optima rb
    ghs precision flats
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  5. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    Sunny Beach
    A short scale bass wearing flats, played with a pick sounds very good, ime.
  6. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Generally, the LaBella short scale flats would be closest, as LaBella are the most "neutral" of the current flatwound production, and they have been in business making essentially the same string since the beginning of electric basses. The problem is that what we think of as the almost "woody" tone with a pick from many '60's and early '70's "Wrecking Crew" recordings with Carol Kaye was from Fender stock flats, and they just don't exist anymore unless you find a used set or an old stash.

    Another option is that Optima is supposedly making a flat that is a reincarnation of the old "Maxima" flats that were also used by many, and were OEM on Rickenbacker basses of the era, including Macca tone. Again, the tone clips I have heard are very close, but not identical.