J w/ flats? What will I miss?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by markob, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. markob


    Mar 2, 2010
    North Cali
    P Bass player almost exclusively over quite a few years/gigs. Maple boards. Went to flats only a couple of years ago and haven't looked back. Love them. They fit my style with tone and feel. I'm ready to buy my first Jazz. New American Standard with a rose board. The ones I've played in the shops are all strung w/ rounds. They sound okay at "shop" volumes but don't feel right to me. I know it's subjective but is there an advantage to rounds on a Jazz? Plenty of us P Bass players use flats but I'm unfamilar w/ the Jazz bass contingent. Man I never thought I'd admit to liking these "skinny neck" things but I've been bit. Any or you Jazzers care to comment on your preference? Flat or round and why? Really looking for opinions on J's w/ flats. :help:My gigs these days are in a Worship setting and a bit of recording for sound libraries. Thanks folks.

  2. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    there's absolutely no reason not to put flats on a jazz bass. BTW, that's the way that ALL of them came from the factory from 1960-1974.
  3. anonymous122511

    anonymous122511 Guest

    Dec 28, 2010
    I was a die-hard TI flat user for many years. Lately I've been trying different rounds and have settled on DR Sunbeams for now on my Jazz equipped Pre. The Jazz Bass is one of the most versatile basses that ever was or likely ever will be. You can string it with anything and it's gonna work. Experiment.
  4. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    yeah. my favorite flats are TI jazz flats. i have them on three of my basses (a ric, a p bass, and a jazz bass).
  5. ZachM


    Nov 19, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    I tend to like rounds a bit more on J basses, but they work just fine with flats. You're not going to "miss" anything at all, just a different tone palate. Maybe try a set of La Bella's if you really want to get old-school...
  6. Jazz bass
    TI Jazz Flats
  7. What will you miss? String squeak!
  8. faulknersj

    faulknersj Inactive

    Apr 4, 2008
    Scottsdale Az
    Dude, jazz + flats = old school bliss! Wanna hear my 73' jazz with flats? Click on the link right below this that says Streamliner 900 + Avatar TB-153.
  9. madmatt


    Apr 28, 2009
    Question is: What will you gain???
  10. JayfromDeeKay


    Jun 23, 2009
    I went from Rotosound 66 nickel roundwounds to Rotosound 77 monel flatwounds.

    My experience:
    Less growl, less treble (although the 77 is a rather bright flatwound). Much smoother feel, less string noise. Also, the 77 flats are a lot higher tension and more rigid feeling than the rounds.

    Both have their merrits. I mostly did it to save my (fretless) fretboard from wear, but I have grown to love the sound and feel of the flats. They don't give me blisters as easily.
  11. If you lke flats then I see no reason why you shouldn't use them on your Jazz. TIs would sound great. But, They sound really swell with a good set of nickel rounds to me as well, and have a great punchy sound with them. They grind with rounds and punch with flats. Your choice.
  12. Jeez, throw some light chromes on that thing...nirvana!
  13. Commreman

    Commreman Faith, Family, Fitness, and Frets Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    I have light chromes (.40-.100) on my Jazz. Bliss indeed!
  14. ReBass

    ReBass Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    Sorry for the derail, but how about some props to faulknersj for some mad playing on that YouTube clip!! Really nice stuff, man!
  15. queevil


    Aug 6, 2009
    If you want to try a flat style string that will give you that flat sound but still retain some of the roundwound brightness you could try the Fender Nylon Tapewound 9120's. They are very low tension. They are in fact a roundwound string wrapped in a black nylon tape. I have them on my fretless J. I dig em a lot but will probably try some TI Jazz flats soon.
  16. In my 27 years of playing, all I've ever used was stainless steel roundwounds; mostly Rotosound or DR Hi Beams. I once tried Rotosound 77 flats on my Jazz bass and HATED them. Maybe that brand wasn't the best to experiment with flats but I quickly removed them and they still remain on my cheapie Carlos Robelli ABG. A few months ago, at the suggestion of my favorite repairman (Gary Fried in Brooklyn) I tried D'Addario nickels on my jazz bass since I was complaining that my Jazz is too bright. Well, I like them but I may go back to SS rounds for my jazz next time. I feel that they work best (for me) on my Jazz bass but I also put a set of Nickels on my P bass and for THAT bass, it's the best compromise between Rounds and Flats ( again, just MHO)
  17. kenstee


    Oct 9, 2009
    Just wanted to give a +1 for Gary Fried! If you live around NYC he is "the man" for repairs, mods, etc. Reasonable prices, great guy, no BS!! I won't let anyone else near my stuff since I met him.
  18. bassist4dalord

    bassist4dalord Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    SW Missouri
    I'm a HUGE fan of Chromes on P-Basses. Love it; one of my favorite sounds. I've tried Chromes on my Squier Precision/Jazz V (Jazz electronics) and on my Squier Affinity Jazz V. I thought I would really like the flats on my Jazz, but I didn't. I found I prefer the rounds, as the added pickup really gives punch, bite, and snap that I don't find on my P.

    Jazz with rounds, P with flats, all I need. Flats on a Jazz can and do sound great; just not what I'm looking for.
  19. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    You'll miss buying new strings every 1 to 2 months.

    Oh wait, maybe you won't miss that. :D
  20. treekiller


    Mar 4, 2010
    I've got Chromes on mine! My Am. Std Jazz is tuned to Eb, sounds great & has no tension issues. My MIM Jazz project(maple Allparts P neck) will have them on as soon as I get it together. :hyper: