Flexible Flat wound strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by madjazzbass, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. madjazzbass

    madjazzbass Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    Yes, I have read the strings FAQ's first. So, I've been considering giving Flats another try and I'm wondering if there's any particular flatwound string that seem to be more flexible, more bendy than others; the few times that I've tried flatwounds I found them to be very stiff, very taut and rigid, and I went back to using regular old roundwounds because of that. So is there a particular brand(s) of Flat wounds that are known to be very flexible and bendy and not so stiff and rigid? Thanks.
  2. PeaveyPlayer

    PeaveyPlayer Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
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  3. TI Jazz Flats.
    La Bella Low Tension Flexible Flats.
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  4. PeaveyPlayer

    PeaveyPlayer Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    I also hear that the Dunlop flats or cobalt flats are pretty flexiable
  5. christle


    Jan 26, 2002
    Cobalt Flats in the light gauge (.045-.100) are very flexible. Nice strings.
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  6. PeaveyPlayer

    PeaveyPlayer Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    I found the 45-105 pretty flexible too
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  7. christle


    Jan 26, 2002
    They really are surprising strings: a modern sounding flat. Definitely worth trying.
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  8. Jesse Lawrence

    Jesse Lawrence

    Jul 12, 2015
    Yes, TI flats for sure, and I can confirm that Dunlop flats are quite flexible, bendy, etc.
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  9. jimdgreat1


    Sep 28, 2016
    Wichita Kansas
    There is a string faq?
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  10. Klonk


    Apr 28, 2011
    Yes. It's one of the two stickies in this sub-forum. It's the one with FAQ in its title.
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  11. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    TI----- flexible

    Roto77---- very stiff
  12. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    TI and Dunlop are the most flexible flats I've tried, but I hated TI's, Not because of their flexibility but for other reasons. Dunlops, however, I really like.
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  13. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    I'm the kind of guy who bends heavy gauge flats as a masochist.

    The two most flexible ones that I like are the TI Jazz Flats followed by the La Bella Low Tension Flats which are, as I understand, meant to be a competitor to the TIs. TI's are great and have rubber band like tension. They are very middy and don't have the deep fundamental compared to other flatwounds. The La Bellas are closer to the traditional flatwound with a deeper fundamental but have tension similar to rounds and they allow you to play more aggressively.

    FWIW the rounds I'm comparing these flats to are DR Hi Beams and Lo Riders
  14. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    TI Jazz Flats and the La Bella flexible sets top the list.

    The 40-95 Chromes and the 760fx LaBellas are also easier on the hands.

    Really, any of the light sets of flats are pretty flexible.
  15. Bass'd on a true story

    Bass'd on a true story

    Jun 28, 2015
    TI Jazz flats are my favorite strings, and the most flexible flats I have ever used.
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  16. DavC


    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    trust us / those who say ... Ti .. !!

    tried labella low tensions , ... i'd say they're 2nd

    from an old man ( played piano since 1963 - bass/gtr since 73 ) with arthritic fingers/wrists ... Ti ..!!
  17. ScarfFace

    ScarfFace Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    La Crosse WI
    I have 4 basses with flats on them, all approximately the same tension. I will list them in order of perceived flexibility.
    1. La Bella 760fl
    2. Chromes
    3. Fender flats
    4. Ernie ball cobalts

    I LOVE the La Bella's.
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  18. Berme


    May 11, 2001
    I'm looking for a flat string similar in tension to TI's but with a deeper, mellower tone. Any more options apart from the labellas already mentioned?
  19. rob_thebassman


    Jul 26, 2010
    Normanton, UK
    playing bass since 2005
    La Bella FL, felt balanced when I used them were easy to play with plus sounded great :)
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  20. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    TIs for sure. If you can't bend with those, you can't bend. Period.
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