Jack Casady to flats?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by frosty, Apr 5, 2003.

  1. frosty


    Feb 18, 2003
    Southern USA
    Opinions please. I just acquired a used Jack C. bass
    in burst. I removed the pickguard for looks. Aside
    from a slightly loose jack, everything real nice. I'm
    considering restringing with flats/tapewounds and
    wondering about increased tension, etc. Will this
    require neck/bridge adjustment? Anyone had any
    experience with this? Thanks fellas.
  2. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    You may have to do a quick setup after you change strings, but that's no big deal. Very good instructions on how to do your own setups can be found over on Mr. Gearhead, and we're all here for advice.

    Semihollowbody and hollowbody basses sound great with flats and tapes, IMO!
  3. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I've tried a bunch of flats and some tapes on my `burst :) Casady.

    I always end up goin' back to Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Flats...low
    tension (easy on the neck), and for whatever reason (string
    materials?) they really make that Electar pickup roar. Especially
    on the "500" switch position. IME, they have a really wide
    "dynamic range" -- soft touch to heavy pluckin' comes through
    clean and clear.

    A light set of GHS Precision Flats will give you that old school 60's
    thump plus a nice, non-brittle high end for good definition.

    I tried a 105 set of Pyramid "Gold" Pure Nickel Flats. A bit too
    much tension (IMO), but a whole lotta' THUD. I thought the
    fact that they were "pure nickel" would make the pup come
    alive, but no such luck :(.

    A Super-Soft set of D'Addario Chromes had low tension but
    a bit too much "clank" for my taste. Good output though.

    (I think :p ) I tried some Roto 77 Jazz flats a looong time ago.
    Relatively low tension , good thump, definition not so good unless
    the Tone was cranked (IIRC).

    As for tapes, I tried Roto RS88-LD's. Low tension, nice old school
    thump and "click", good output. Fret "noise" was minimal (pretty
    much non-existent). The problem nowadays (IME) is findin' a
    decent set. There's some kinda' Quality Control problem happenin'
    with Roto tapes :meh:.

    Our resident Jack Casady Appreciation Society President Mike
    Jewels should be chiming in shortly :D.