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Flatwound w/tension between Labella and Thomastik?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by hagstrom71, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. hagstrom71


    Aug 22, 2007
    I've had Labella 760FL on my Pbass for a few years
    and have come to realize that the tension is a little too
    much for my fingering hand...
    I went to the otherside of the spectrum recently
    with TI's and although my fingering hand likes them
    It is hard to dig into them with a pick.
    What do you guys recommend that is
    somewhere in the middle?
    I keep reading great things about the GHS precision flats...
    Does GHS have less or more tension than D'addario Chromes?

    One other question.. I've read that the
    GHS strings are made for string through body basses.
    Mine has a top loading bridge..
    Will the GHS strings work with my bass or will
    there be winding issues at the tuning pegs?

  2. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    GHS have less tension than Chromes. Even the thickest GHS have less than the lightest of the Chromes. They sit right between TI and LaBella...probably leaning more toward TI.
  3. I agree with Petrus, good luck to you!
  4. hagstrom71


    Aug 22, 2007
    Thanks for both replies, I just ordered a set online.

    Strangely, it seems no stores in nyc carry the GHS flatwounds.
    GHS rounds, and other brand flats.. but no ghs flats..
  5. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    GHS flats are available all over the web. I usually get mine through Carvin.com, though there are many other outlets as well. Carvin sells them in clear plastic bagged sets, so I suspect they're buying bulk GHS flatwound strings and repackaging them for sale. Just search their site for "flatwound strings" and you'll find them. They are my favorite flats.
  6. hagstrom71


    Aug 22, 2007
    Thanks Gary

    Thats a good tip about Carvin selling them..
    Yeah, plenty of online stores have GHS flats
    but strange that no brick and mortar stores
    in nyc area have them.
  7. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    Light Chromes or Light LaBella's.
  8. PJ Muzikmansky

    PJ Muzikmansky

    Jan 4, 2013
    Try a set of Sadowsky flats: beautiful strings which in my opinion are much better than TI jazz flats. More tension too...but less than the Labellas

    I have a set on my '62 reissue P bass and they sound 100% authentic for old school funk and soul (unlike the TIs I had on it previously). Best sounding flats ive ever used. I highly recommend them
  9. hagstrom71


    Aug 22, 2007
    Thanks PJ

    Do you use the medium(105) or light(100)
    gauge sadowsky flats?
    I think I will pick some up today.
    Wan't more tension than TI but don't want to get
    too close to Labella tension..
  10. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    This. If the regular gauge Sads have too much tension they make a light gauge as well. I have the regulars on my Jazz and the lights on my fretless. Wonderful strings. If you're worried, I'd go with the light gauge first, they're still stiffer than TIs.

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