There was a bit of a controversy last week over the subject of what kind of strings James Jamerson used. I had read in the Book "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" that Jamerson used Lebella Flatwound strings. That fact was disputed on the basis that Labella did not make flats in the 50's and 60's. I was sure that was not the case but could find no other info to back up my ideas other than the book in question. So I decided to write the Pres of LaBella and got the following response. My email: Hi, I am a bass player in the US Army Band and I use LaBella flatwound bass strings in our Army Show Band do to our large number of Motown songs. I have been informed on the internet that James Jamerson did not use LaBella Flatwound bass strings in the 60's and 70's because LaBella did not make flat wound bass strings in the 60's and 70's. This is in complete contradiction to what I belive to be true. Can you please confirm or deny this. I often give seminars to young bass students and the story of Jamerson and LaBella flats is a central part of my presentation. I would really appreciate a reply. Thanks SGT Cutrer Here is his reply. Dear Mr. Cutrer, Thank you for your note. The person who wrote that is misinformed. One quick proof is in the book: "Standing In The Shadows of Motown" The life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson, by Dr.Licks. On page 85 it shows his favorite equipment: Fender Precision, German Double Bass and " An essential element Of the "Jamerson Sound" - heavy gauge La Bella flatwound strings." We have been making flatwound strings since the 50's. If you are fan of his sound I reccomend the book to you. If you have any questions feel free ton contact me at Richard@Labella.com Sincerely, Richard Cocco President LaBella Strings Now, unfortunatley he uses the same disputed source, but he is the the President of the Co. Maybe he is wrong too?