Light tension flatwounds recommendations

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by benlauziere, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. benlauziere

    benlauziere Guest

    Dec 2, 2011
    Montreal, QC
    Hi guys !

    I got a 4 string P-Bass and I found that string are very tight and my finger hurts when I play long time... I heard that Ernie Ball's strings are tighter, and that's what I got on my bass so maybe that's the problem :p

    So if you got suggestions on strings, go ahead !
    Ps: I would like to have a clean sound !

    Thanks !
  2. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    TI and Sadowsky are the lightest tension flats you can buy, with the nod going to TI.
  3. tjh


    Mar 22, 2006
    What gauge EB's are you using?
  4. lmfreeman9


    Sep 1, 2007
    Thomastik Infeld and the FL gauge of LaBella Deep Talkin Flats are both lighter than Sadowsky, EB, Chromes, GHS or anything else.
  5. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    Do your fingers hurt because of the tension, or is it a matter of technique? Flatwounds do produce a little more tension than rounds, but that's just a little. I tried quite a lot of flats myself. I think the overall feel and consistency of the GHS precision flats is worthwhile trying. The .045 ... .105 set is what I'm using at the moment. The combination of feel, sound and playability is a real winner in my opinion.
  6. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    I respectfully beg to disagree. I had LaBella FLs, and currently have Sadowskys, which are much lower tension (a little more than 1/2 turn on the tension rod) and easier to play.
  7. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I've never tried Sadowskys, but TIs are much lighter tension than EBs. The LaBella FLs are too, to a lesser degree IME.

    TIs are also very flexible, which gives them a very 'soft' feel that makes them feel like their tension is lower than it really is. This leads some people to find them too floppy, but I like them.
  8. Errr.....not quite, in my experience. The GHS med-lights a great deal less tense than LaBella's lightest set of strings, IMO. The TI's not even being remotely in the same camp. I think the LaBella's should be ruled out completely if the OP is looking for light tension flatwounds.
  9. Syxz_ML


    Apr 10, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I would disagree. Currently have on some LaBella 760FL's and play and feel very light without feeling too loose and "floppy". Wouldn't say they hold the least tension since I haven't tried them all but to say they shouldn't be considered at all would be wrong. Very satisfied with mines and I prefer light tension as well.
  10. makkE

    makkE Guest

    Jan 19, 2010
    Normandie, France
    Op want's a "clean" sound and light tension. I'd personally say TI's.

    "Clean" could be quite subjective though, but that's how I'd describe TI's when I compare them to chromes and labellas, which I had played before.
  11. TI's ime. Lightest gauge u can find.
    I've also found Chromes 35-90 ok in this regard
  12. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    California Republic
    TI is definitely the lightest, but also don't quite sound the same as old-school flats...and certainly play way differently.

    Sadowsky flats seem like a good middle ground between TI and "traditional" flats. Less tension than any LaBellas I've played, and way less than GHS chromes. I have a set on a 5-string P/J, and am very satisfied.
  13. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    "Clean" sound? That's very suggestive, but I think maybe the Chromes light set would fit this description, as well as the TI jazz Flats.

    Don't forget the La Bella 760FX set; those who say La Bella only makes heavy sets are mistaken. The 760FX set is nearly as slinky as the TIs.

    LA BELLA 760FX ELECTRIC BASS SET - Elderly Instruments
  14. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    Pyramid flatwounds are pretty light.
  15. u84six

    u84six Don't panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
  16. TMart99


    Sep 22, 2010
    Rockwell, NC

    From what I understand, Pyramid supposedly addressed that issue several months ago. So there shouldn't be any more rampant broken Pyramid flats.

    I have a new set of Gold Flats that are going to be installed on one of my Fender P-bass, over the next two weeks.

    I bought them (the Gold Flats), if I remember correctly, some time around late January/ early February.

    I'll check in and report what happens with this set.
  17. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    For light tension TIJF344's.
    I tried them all, there not as old school sounding as say LaBella.
    But very balanced, good mids, and they last forever.
    Have a set on my fretless P-Bass for 7 years, they get better with age.
    Don't let the extra $$$$ scare you away. They are worth it in the long run.
  18. BassBob1


    Dec 21, 2010
    TI Flats are the most flexible/loose feeling string I have ever tried. Are they over the top too loose? You'll have to decide that. For me they were but don't let that discourage you. Before the EB flats you are using now what strings were your go-to's? Do you like the sound of the strings now? Maybe go down in gauge or try some of the other suggestions.
  19. You need to answer a couple questions

    1, how long have you been playing bass?
    2, how high is the action on this new P bass?

    If you haven't played for long, it's going to hurt, changing to lower tension strings won't do much to reduce the pain. We've all gone through it. You need to build yourself up to the physical requirements of playing the bass, and time is the answer to that.

    If the action is a mile high, a setup will do more to reduce the pain than a string change.
  20. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic