How to clean TI Jazz Flats?!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by mitchjonbass, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. I want to get some mileage out of my strings and would appreciate some advice on how to keep them clean!

  2. Pier_


    Dec 22, 2013
    Roma, Italia
    they are flatwounds, no need to clean them. I use the same set since 2011, never cleaned, still sounding great.

    and for "sounding great" I mean that they sound rich and full in the spectrum, with the classic "flatwound" tone that a flatwound user seeks.

    they don't lose intonation nor tuning, tension is stable over the years, and they still vibrate in a good way with lot of sustain (unusual for flats)

    the bass with those strings is the bass I can always count on knowin exactly wich sound is going to come out.
  3. Slowpicker


    Jan 25, 2013
    The TI Jazz Flats have an integrated cleaning feature. They clean themselves while playing the poopie out of them.

    Therefore the somewhat higher price. :thumbsup:
    mitchjonbass likes this.
  4. Pier_


    Dec 22, 2013
    Roma, Italia
    strange fact: I have the same set since 2011, used a lot because it's on my main bass, and a set I switched from one bass to another to try them on basses i owned; well, usually after some weeks the frets start leaving their "sign" under the strings, and that's one of the things that makes the strings die over months (other than dirt), compromising the windings.

    under my Thomastik there is no trace of fret's signs.

    my Chromes set after months started to be signed, and the LaBella Jamerson the same. I had a set of used Fender flats clearly signed by more than one bass (different bridges, so different string position over the fretboard)...

    both sets of Thomastik show no signs of the frets. I've notices this thing only in the last months, because I switched the set of my main bass on another one, and the strings looked like new.
  5. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    I use 91% Isopropyl Alcohol to clean them up before I even put them on. Then once on the bass I use Music Nomad String Fuel once a week at first, and now just once a month on my flats. It helps the strings to season in nicely and keeps them that way. Playing with clean dry hands and a quick wipe down of your strings after goes a long way.

    If you want to kill a set of strings, any hand lotion will do.
  6. I have been wiping them off after playing. I really like these strings and have heard they last for years and sound better as they age. I am about 2 weeks in and loving them..Thank you for the replies..
    Linnin likes this.
  7. .
    I just wipe my Tis down after each use and also give them a quick wipe over with GHS Fast Fret.
    In fact I do that with all the different sets of strings I have on various basses.
    mitchjonbass likes this.
  8. Do you use the Fast Fret after each use?
  9. .
    To clarify: After rehearsals/gigs yes.
    At home no. I just wipe them with a rag here.
    mitchjonbass likes this.
  10. It doesn't hurt to keep a cloth in your case or gig bag to wipe them down after playing, whether flats or any other string type. Another good thing to do is wipe between the strings and fretboards where stuff tends to accumulate.
  11. JamesFoxBass

    JamesFoxBass Guest

    Jun 13, 2014
    Portsmouth, UK
    You don't. That's how you clean TI's.
    mitchjonbass and Pier_ like this.
  12. Pier_


    Dec 22, 2013
    Roma, Italia
    Clean them with sweat!
    JamesFoxBass and mitchjonbass like this.
  13. I have had mine on since 2010 and they still kick butt. I wipe them down once in a while if they start to feel different under my fingers, but I have never noticed a degradation in tone. I used a touch of naphtha on a cloth once or twice after a gig if I thought they might have gotten particularly grimy, like after an outdoor gig in the summer.
  14. Alcohol wipes
  15. Thrillhouse


    Jan 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    What was it Jamerson said? "The junk keeps the funk." Better not clean them at all...
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2015
    Root 5 likes this.
  16. Darylw425


    Mar 16, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    Have you tried BassBrites? While most people use them on rounds, many players like how they keep flats sounding newer as well.
  17. Big old bag of 500 gun barrel swabs at Cabelas for $15. Pint of 99% isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol) at the local drugstore for $5. Set for life, if you must.
    BTW, make sure it's the 99% as the lower percentage contains way too much water.