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LaBella Hofner Beatle Flats

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by meursault42, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. meursault42


    Jun 21, 2006
    Can someone please confirm the color of the silk winding at the bridge and nut for these strings? I think they're what I have on my Club Bass but I'm not positive...could be Pyramids. Mine have forest green winding at both the bridge and nut.
  2. 4-string


    Jul 23, 2006
    Light blue at the nut, no silk at the bridge end.

    Mine are the light LaBella Beatle bass set.
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    My Pyramids have the forest green on both ends.
  4. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    La Bella has two flats.

    Light Blue for the new version
    Black for the original

    No silk at the ball ends...
  5. meursault42


    Jun 21, 2006
    Aha, so I have Pyramids. Cool, thanks folks :D
  6. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    Pyramids are the deal on a Hofner.
  7. meursault42


    Jun 21, 2006
    I hear the LaBellas have a better E string. Could be totally bogus info, but that's what I've heard. Figure they're worth a try anyway.
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Pyramids are a great string. I have what I THINK are Pyramids on my 1963 P, and they have been on it for 40 years....still sound great.

    And they are NOT cheap. If you have them, keep them indefinitely and enjoy them.
  9. My Pyramid Gold Flats on my Hofner have dark green on both ends. Wonderful strings for a Hofner.
  10. mccartneyman


    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor, MusicGearReview.com
    Tried Pyramids on my Hofner Icon and did not like them. LaBellas work just fine.
  11. meursault42


    Jun 21, 2006
    my sense is that the Pyramids have a fairly long "break-in" period. In my case, it's probably a combination of the strings and the instrument itself, since I bought it new and these were the pre-installed set. But they seem to have really warmed up and have a great feel to them. I'm thinking I'll just keep them on, for now at least.
  12. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    They do indeed have a longish break in period...revisit in about six months.
  13. Mindsear


    Jan 7, 2013
    I have the LaBellas on my Hofner and they are great. However, there are some odd harmonics on the E string that I can't account for. Not certain it's the string or something in the body but I didn't hear it with the rounds the bass came with. Minor issue, for sure, but something that bugs me a bit. Anyone run into this?
  14. meursault42


    Jun 21, 2006
    Yes indeed. Common with all of these, and especially with the flats. You can mitigate it with a combination of things:

    1. Make sure that the strings are really breaking (for lack of a better way of putting it) over the zero fret and the bridge by carefully pressing down with your thumb right in front of the zero fret and bridge saddle for each string. I always do this before I play my Hofner and it seems to make a difference.

    2. Place a piece of foam BEHIND the bridge, between the bridge and the tailpiece. Sometimes the strings can vibrate sympathetically in this area and cause unwanted harmonics. I also put some foam in front of the bridge because I like that muted sound. However, I've cut it diagonally so that it's quite thin at the E string (hofners are already muted at the E string IME) and then thicker as it moves towards the G string.

    3. Give the strings time to break in. They will lose much of their top-end over the course of a few months of playing, and those harmonics are mostly in the upper frequencies IME.

    4. Roll off everything above 2khz on your amp. You don't need those frequencies for a Hofner with flats.
  15. Mindsear


    Jan 7, 2013
    Good tips. Thanks! They've been on there for a few months now so I'll try the foam behind the bridge and see what that does -- makes a lot of sense! I often switch between the Hofner and my ESP or Gretsch, depending on the tune, so that would be easier than making an EQ change.
  16. bumperbass

    bumperbass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2012
    My LaBella Beatle Flats E string is almost silent. It was fine for about six months. I don't use my clone Hofner bass much. Our acoustic trio hasn't been gigging so I haven't worried about it.
  17. bumperbass

    bumperbass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2012
    My bad! Got my Hofner clone out last night to check it out for a gig tonight, and the E string is just fine! The problem is my old amp combo I used for my last acoustic gig months and months ago. The Beatle Flats sound great. Sorry for any damage done!
  18. I have the LaBella Beatle flats on my Hofner basses, except for my Tom Petersson signature Club bass, that came with Pyramids, I kept them on and they are great too.
  19. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    If you like them my Rogue VB 100 with Hofner flats and factory hard case is in the classifieds...no problems, just find that I'm not playing it. That's a danger with a dozen basses.

    It has the light gauge Labellas and the silks are black. They made a HUGE difference in sound. The factory strings were tinny and nasty sounding - literally the worst strings I've ever heard. The Labellas made an incredible difference and made the Rogue sound great.
  20. meursault42


    Jun 21, 2006