Hi-Beam flats or Chromes?

Discussion in 'G&L Bass Forum' started by oldrookie, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. oldrookie


    May 15, 2007
    Avon, IN
    I've researched this in the Strings section, but I'd really like the assessment of other G&L players. I have a Tribute L2500, play fingerstyle and mostly contemporary Christian music.

    I've narrowed down my string choices to DR Flats or Chromes. I already know I'd be happy with the Chromes, but have a fiver strung with them already. Never heard the DR's.

    I know I'd need to purchase super longs from D'Addario, but is there a specific length I'd need to order if I decide to go with the DR's?

    Any thoughts about either string I should consider?

  2. unclejane

    unclejane Guest

    Jul 23, 2008
    Dunno if this'll start a fight or something, but as far as length, just get the regular long scale strings and top load them.

    I do this on my L2500 and so far no problems with the bridge. There've been threads about concerns top loading the L2500 with the through-body option.

    I got tired of trying to find super long-scale versions of the strings I like (I'm currently using the Chromes myself) and decided to go with just top loading regular long scales.

    I've thought about putting bolts through the empty holes as a completley reversible mod to fortify the bridge, but it hasn't been necessary on mine so far. So I've put that off for now.

    Sorry this is a little off topic,

  3. El Tookay

    El Tookay Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2008
    Here's my $0.02....
    DR flats sound like Fender/ LaBella flats. Muted to non-existant highs, rich, deep lows, and a trim midrange. DR tension is quite low, making it easy to play fast and smooth, same tension as HiBeams.
    Chromes have decent but not obvious highs, the same warm lows, and a midrange that cuts well in a mix- very even in their response tonally. Chromes have a much higher tension than DR flats, but the trade-off is being able to get lower action.
    My preference for flats is Chromes, but if you can find/ afford them, try TI flats. The TI's give you the sound of Chromes and the tension of DR's in one beautiful package. I love DR strings, but the TI's are the bomb when it comes to flats.

  4. quickervicar

    quickervicar Supporting Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    Lancaster, PA
  5. oldrookie


    May 15, 2007
    Avon, IN
    Some day I'll live large and try the TI's.

    I considered just stringing through the bridge, but finally settled on the Chromes again. Had a local shop order them for me. Should be here end of next week.

    Thanks for your thoughts on this. Had planned to wait longer, but had to go past the shop and stopped in. He was happy to order them in, so done deal.
  6. I'm glad this is working for you. I was horrified to see the lifting bridge pictures some guys had. Has anyone ever spoken to G&L about this? I would think that if this problem continued they would either have through body stringing only or redesign the bridge. At least put a few more securing bolts in it. Actually I thought I read somewhere they had changed this on the Tributes.
  7. oldrookie


    May 15, 2007
    Avon, IN
    Still only two screws on my '08 Trib.
  8. unclejane

    unclejane Guest

    Jul 23, 2008
    Well it is a little unnerving to see only the two screws on the side holding the bridge in its route. My L2000 has screws where the holes would be (in addition to the two screws on the side) on a through-body option, so I just naturally assumed the extra holding was needed to keep the bridge down.

    But just the two screws may very well be sufficient. I checked the tightness of the screws before I loaded the strings on it too. So far nothing is moving or causing problems.

    Like I said, I was thinking about some small bolts from the hardware store to go through the unused holes but the strings were already on there and I was off playing the bass before I got to it.

    AFAIK, G&L doesn't have any caution against top loading on the L2500 so I assume they tested the strength of it as-is.....

  9. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Sadowsky flats.