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Flatwounds for 5 string? Also what flats have black silk?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by greencow, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. greencow


    Feb 7, 2008
    So, have been using Ernie Ball Flatwounds GroupII on my 4 string for years now. Got a 5 string bass but not liking the string tension on them right now. Black silk at both ends and brass ball ends, flatwounds. The B-string is floppy to my taste, sound wise I should probably play them for a couple of weeks to break them in.

    So what flatwounds have a nice tight B string?
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Sounds like GHS with the black. The floppy B isn't going to get less floppy as it sits on the bass, so maybe a thicker B would work for you.
  3. Joe Smithberger

    Joe Smithberger Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2002
    Canton, Ohio, USA
    They may be Lakland flats. They are reported to be Round core strings. Look for something that is Hex core for a stiffer feel.
  4. jmain

    jmain Oo, Uhn't uh, Yes! Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    Alexandria, VA
    I use the GHS Precision Flats with the purple silk. Just Strings has a custom 5 string set. http://www.juststrings.com/ghs-m3050-5.html

    Its a .126 B so may or may not be ideal if you need a bigger gauge. I use them on my CallowHill J5 and its nice and tight with a big tone.
  5. boamedt

    boamedt Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2008
    Santa Rosa, Ca
    I have always love and used TI flats and la bella 760FM's deep talkin flats
  6. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    The D'Addario .132 is a good flat that will blend with a variety of other flats sets.
  7. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    I like the Chromes 5-string set. Much better sounding B than the la bellas.
  8. Aerynn


    Apr 16, 2013
    +1 for Chromes. The .132 B in the set I have is quite nice.
  9. jmain

    jmain Oo, Uhn't uh, Yes! Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    Alexandria, VA
    I put a set of GHS Precision Flats on my SR505 and the B is thunderous. So two for two on different basses for me.
  10. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    My preferred flatwound as well.

    A black Sharpie will take care of the silks for you. :)
  11. BigBeatNut


    Apr 10, 2006
    London, UK
    Yep, I've had a labella set with a very poor B.

    But I think this may be a solution :). Thanks.

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