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Labella flats, extra light - weak low-E?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by jscomposer, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. jscomposer


    Nov 25, 2009
    I thought the E string was relatively weak. Labella sent me a replacement, and it's the same thing. Is that just how they roll or do I have particularly ****** luck?
  2. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    I've never had a problem with a LaBella flat E-string in any of the 3 gauges I've used. I did break one trying to string it thru-body but that's another thread.
  3. jscomposer


    Nov 25, 2009
    Do you find the E string sounds different? Or do you find it completely even in tone and output?

    I guess it's not that bad when I pluck lightly. I'm a guitarist so I'm used to digging in.
  4. bearfoot


    Jan 27, 2005
    schenectady, ny
    Might be the bass itself. I have a 30.5" hollowbody that doesn't physically resonate as much on the E. If the fundamental isn't strong, it shows even with pickups.
  5. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Same exact thing happened to me on light gauge deep talkin flats. Supposedly they "break in" but I don have the patience for that.
  6. jscomposer


    Nov 25, 2009
    It's a 5-string. And the low-B is stronger, too.

    I just threw on Circle Ks and the E string is even with the other strings, so it's not the bass.

    Could it be my technique? Are flats meant to be played with a light touch, plucked parallel to the body? I'm used to plucking towards the body, usually making the string clank against the last fret.

  7. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    You are comparing the sound of round wounds to flats.

    Flats simply do not resonate like rounds...

    But from you hearing the B string is stronger while at the same time not experiencing this with circle K strings... Did you press down on the E string over the bridge saddle to create a witness point? You don't need to do this with the B string since it is tapered, and the circle K strings are all tapered so they will not have this issue... This will cause extra lack of resonance and walker tone.
  8. jscomposer


    Nov 25, 2009
    That's why I asked about technique. Do flats players typically use a light touch? I can see using a light touch and subconsciously making a subtle adjustment, thereby not really noticing the weakness.

    Damn, you wait till AFTER I changed strings to tell me that? :p I was 99% sure I did--I even do that on my guitars--but just to take care of that 1% uncertainty, I put the Labellas back on and made sure to press down like you said. Same thing. :crying:
  9. I actually have the same issue you are having. Labella flats on a short scale and the E string is noticeably quieter. It's not the pickup or technique. I know they dampen the "e" strings in their sets so that makes the string produce mostly fundamental. On my short scale the bass is not producing a strong low e fundamental so therefore that string sounds quieter. It's also why my other e strings have sounded crappy because I'm getting more overtone than fundamental. I have had good luck with daddario tape wound on this Bass and I will probably switch back. Too bad because I just love the labella sound. Perfect funky old school flats.

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