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I finally get the hype with TI strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by brian579, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. TL23NC


    May 22, 2015
    Raleigh NC
    Since this thread reminded me that I have a new set of JF344 strings waiting to be used, I could use some advice on which bass to put them on. I'm thinking it would be the Fender MIM Jazz (which is at my sister's house, has been virtually unplayed and is wearing new Fender 7050's). Or maybe my Carvin BB-70 (GHS Pressurewould ML7200). My fretless Ibanez P has Dunlops, which I like a lot. In another month or so I'll be moving and I'll have access to the Jazz again. Would that be the best choice for the TI's? Seems a lot of TBers love them on Jazz basses.
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  2. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    i love the sound but am not a low tension player. Would LOVE if they would make a medium and heavy set. They are like spirocores on upright and those are great.
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  3. baileyboy


    Aug 12, 2010
    Uh, how many? Lots of strings sound great for "days".
  4. Adienn7


    Jan 26, 2007
    I got them late last year.. I like them.. The feel and sound great
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  5. Iofflight

    Iofflight Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2018
    I was going to say try them on the Jazz first. If it’s not a 100 thumbs up swap on to another.
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  6. Dr. Love

    Dr. Love Supporting Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    Lubbock, TX
    I've tried a bunch of flats over the years, TI's are the winners for me because of the way they sit in a mix: they have the flatwound sound, but are still articulate and defined so they come through clear in the mix instead of being boomy and blurry the way some flats are.
  7. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    I love them on my fretless Roscoe.
    If you think $70 is a lot, go price a 6-string set ;-)
    Worth it, tho...
  8. It's been awhile but I once recorded a vid demoing the TI's with my PBass.

  9. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    I love my TI flats. Because my usual supplier is out, I purchased as set of DR Legends. I am trying to decide which bass to put them on. P or J or PJ. What would you suggest?
  10. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    I can't help you with that, but I can mention that I bought mine through the TalkBass store.
    They're in TX too...
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  11. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Not familiar with any of those basses (never played any of them), but given your options (of course, this depends on your own personal tone goals) I'd do the Jazz Bass first. I have owned a lot of Jazz Basses over the decades (got my first one, a late '60s model in 1971); all of them were MIA, most from the early '70s with the classic '60s pickup spacing. I have a few recordings of my former 2003 AV '62 Jazz Bass with TI JFs on it that has been posted here several times in the past. Most TBers seem to have liked the tone of them on that Jazz Bass.
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  12. i was thinking about stringing up my L1505 with some TIs.
    currently, i have some chrome flats on it. they seems fine, but i'm curious how TIs sound on the L1505.
    what do you like about them? and do you have the 43-136 set?
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  13. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Didn't think to look there. Thanks
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  14. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Not oldskoolskatedad, but, ... I have a set of JF345s on my fretless Elfin 5. I got the bass in 2010 and had XLs on it until I finally got the TIs for it just a couple years ago; I should have bought them much sooner! :bassist:
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  15. fermata


    Nov 10, 2015
    Mountain West
    Who wouldn't want a tone like this guy's?
  16. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I got hip to Thomastik Infeld strings on double bass about fifty years ago, and I have all of my electric basses strung with TI Jazz Flats.
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  17. Fun With Dirt

    Fun With Dirt

    Mar 25, 2017
    North GA
    They are truly great strings. I particularly used them on my archtops. ...but, after awhile, I just didn't get the value. So, I do D'Addario Balanced Tension and I am pretty happy. :)
  18. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    This pretty well states the sound of Jazz Flats. The tension issue - I prefer lower-tension strings in general, and use various DR round-core strings as my roundwounds of choice. But I've found the TI's to be too floppy for my tastes.

    Sadowskys are my preferred flats. "articulate and defined," but also a fuller-spectrum timbre - I sometimes found the TIs to be all midrange, and could not get the sense of low and lower-mid power that I can pull from the Sadowsky flats. Also, a bit more tension - not tight like La Bellas or Fender, but still satisfying my prefer for some left-hand flex. One note - my use of the Sadowskys has so far been limited to fretless bass, on which they really sing. But I've been thinking about trying them out on one of my fretted axes.
  19. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    I adore TI Flats and use them more than any other string, but not exclusively. You should try Pyramid Gold Flat Wounds some time. They are another fantastic and equally unique set of flats, but quite different than the TI’s. Old school, rich, round, thumpy goodness from strings that are incredibly smooth and supple without being floppy. I haven’t tried the LaBella LTF’s yet, but I ordered a couple of sets that should be delivered in the next few days and I’m very excited about trying them based on everything I’ve heard!
  20. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    These are improvised jams, literally. We just said "GO!" and off we started jamming.


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