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Just put on Fender 9050 flats

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Swipter, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Swipter


    Sep 7, 2009
    Just put on my new Fender 9050L flat wounds. I tried them in the garage a little. They sound good on the Jazz. They still have some brightness to them. As compared to the Marcus Millers some of the sparkle came off the top but I am okay with that. I am excited about playing on Sunday. It should be great. They are lighter than I am used to. Maybe I will try the 9050CL strings next time. We will see. Thanks for all the advice.
  2. atomicdog


    Jun 18, 2011
    Thanks for the feedback. I might try those. Break a leg.
  3. i want to try them out as well. ive seen many fender jazz players using fender flats. eg aston barrett esperanza spalding
    is there a difference in sound between the gauges?
  4. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    BIG difference in Fender flats sold today vs those sold previously.

    Older fender flats- huge thump, more than any other string I've used. Very authoritative. "old school"

    Newer fender flats- much like daddario chromes. Thump, even when played in, is MUCH less. They sound NOTHING like their namesake.
  5. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    I've had issues with the D-string of two Fender 9050ML sets. After a few weeks this D totally died. It began to feel like a piece of fence wire and didn't produce a decent sound anymore. I remember having to tune it daily. One of those D-strings even broke. The other strings, however, stayed in shape. This was two years ago.
  6. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    I tried a set on one of my Jazz Basses.
    Very even, balanced, set.
    Not like old fender flats. not a big sounding. More top end.
    Somewhat like Chromes. nice tension.
  7. just ordered a set hopefully they arrive tomorrow
  8. ok just put them on. out of the box they are VERY zingy and bright. brighter than sun beams.
    the light gauge set is pretty smooth in feel and seems not to have much more tension than the sunbeams. no readjustments needed. the slap soudn right now has an amazing growl.
    lets see how they will sound after 20 hours or so of use.
    (i play squier VM jazz)
  9. Stainless flats take a while. Might take you a month, depending. Be patient.
  10. they start losing their zingyness very fast now.
    i rehearsed with my band and after a couple hours of nonstop playing i do notice they have considerably more tension than the sunbeams.
    i also recorded something at home directly to the mixer. now i never had such a full and nice tone from my bass going DI to the board! not even close! that makes me happy
    even with a foam mute the slap sound is very powerful. 16th grooves are really driving and cut through the mix very well
    the green silk doesnt contrast very well with the strings though and it looks like its grey or nonexistent