LaBella 760-FL or 760-FS

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by papa-bravo, Jan 17, 2015.

  1. papa-bravo


    Jan 1, 2015
    I am a new bass player and looking at putting La Bellas on a MIA Fender P. I am looking for that old school thump. The questions are: Do I go with the 760-FL or the 760-FS? What is the difference in tone vs. tension?
  2. Pier_


    Dec 22, 2013
    Roma, Italia
    Get the FL, more balanced in tension. You'll get the thump, no matter wich gauge; it depends on how the strings are made.
    Labella are always thumpy!
  3. Klonk


    Apr 28, 2011
    Haven't tried the FL, but the FS is a great set for that classic thump.
  4. DW747


    Jan 17, 2015
    I have only tried the 760-FL. They are the best flat wound strings I have used. They do take a little while to break in and to get used to the tension. I also needed to make a truss rod adjustment after switching from rounds. I keep the action low and they have very little fret noise. They are smooth as silk on the fingers. And the sound is old school. Perfect for Motown and some classic '60s rock if that's what you are into.
  5. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    I have a set of FS and just dont like the tension, looking for another set.
  6. Had the 760FS on my P for a while. They'll definitely give you the thump you're looking for. The tension exerted on the neck isn't bad, in fact less than my D'adds, but they are a very stiff feeling string.
    In the end I found the La bellas just weren't very musical, so I took them off and went back to my D'addario Chromes 50-105.

    Ahhh! Schmooveness!
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  7. I have tried the 760 FL, FS and FM gauges. Currently I am using the FL...but they are real close to the FS in feel, tension and tone to me. The FM's are quite a bit heavier strings with more tension but they sound awesome.

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  8. Surly


    Feb 2, 2007
    South Florida
    I really like the FL's. These strings are not really low tension, so this gauge worked for me.
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  9. Ken Welter

    Ken Welter

    Aug 7, 2021
    I have the 760FL-S strings on my Gibson Les Paul Junior DC bass and couldn’t be happier!
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  10. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    The only La Bella flats that I use at the moment are the light gauge 760FX's (long & short scale); the 760FL's (long & short scale); and the FGS Gold Flats (long scale). Yeah, you have to use really light gauge La Bella flats - the FX's or the FD's - to get anything but "Old School Thump" out of them. The actual "pull to pitch" tension isn't all that high, really; what the La Bella's are (like most flats) is stiff. And, the heavier the gauge, the stiffer they are. I really like flat wound strings; almost all of my 23 basses wear them. But, they don't all wear La Bellas. Old School Thump is what I want from some of them - but not all of them. I use lots of other flats for that...:whistle:
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