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Jazz vs. P. Flats vs. Rounds. Sound Clips

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by sigmafloyd, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. sigmafloyd


    May 1, 2011
    I have been thinking lately that despite conventional wisdom, I actually prefer the P with sound and J with flats sounds to the P with flats and J with rounds sound.

    I did an experiment with my Squier VM Jazz and my American Standard P bass in which I put a set of broken in TI Jazz Flats and a set up new Sunbeams on each and recorded a simple scale pattern. Based on these examples, with these strings, I prefer the following (in order)

    1. Jazz with Tis
    2. P with sunbeams
    3. P with Tis
    4. Jazz with sunbeams

    What do you think? (Note the jazz clips go both pups, neck only, bridge only, both with tone down)

    Samples here:
  2. dralionux


    Feb 3, 2009
    Savannah, GA
    I like Jazz bass with flats.
  3. LoTone

    LoTone Clean as an Entwistle... Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Quebec, Canada
    I came to the same conclusion.

    P's split-coils are warm. Rounds adds definition to the sound.

    J's single coils are brighter so flats tame the brightness.

    -- LoTone
  4. Von Fett

    Von Fett

    Sep 1, 2011
    Excellent quality on those recordings.

    I've always been a fan of the jazz/flats combo. I hear so many bass players raving about the sound of flats on a P-bass. Nice to know others share my opinion.
  5. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    It all sounds fine to me. P or J with flats or rounds gets it done for me.
  6. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    It all sounds good to me, the real difference comes out in an ensemble context IMO.
  7. Fetzu


    Sep 6, 2007
    Tampa, Florida
    Great job...I so want to like Ti's on my P-bass, but I prefer Sunbeams better on there. The TI's reside on my jazz currently, which sound great.
  8. slick_tu


    Sep 19, 2006
    South Jersey
    Nice job, thanks. I liked it all; however, my Jazz's and P's all have TI flats and I love 'em.

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