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low tension flats.... kinda

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by th30nlyAket, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. th30nlyAket


    Sep 24, 2010
    Ok I like flats cause they don't make a lot of fret noise and clank. I hate the high tension. Is there a low tension flat or another type of string I can use that will have no real clank. Under 40 usd please
  2. mazdah


    Jan 29, 2010
    Kalisz, Poland
    Thomastik Jazz Flats.
  3. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Light gauge flats.. 40-100 or 40-95 sets should do the trick.

    Many available!
  4. th30nlyAket


    Sep 24, 2010
    To much money
  5. wideload


    Apr 15, 2004
    Salinas, CA
    Not when you consider you are going to buy one set every ten years, instead of two sets a year with rounds!

    My Tomastiks sound great after 4 years, and I'm a jerk about tone. My rounds (different bass) seldom last 6 months before I want to change.
  6. TimB 619

    TimB 619

    May 28, 2010
    Cape Cod, MA
    GHS Precision flats .45-.95
  7. precijazz

    precijazz I want a name when I lose.

    Aug 31, 2011
    From my personal experience:

    D'Addario Chromes 45-65-80-100 (ECB 81)

    Fender 45-60-80-100 (9050L)

    Tension for both similar to medium gauge roundwounds. Both allow for a low action, making them even easier to play.
  8. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    You need to do the math. I've got a set of TI Flats that are at least six years old and are still even and stay in tune. That's under three cents a day. Considering they're EXACTLY what you described you wanted it seems like a pretty good deal. For the life you get out of them they're actually waaaay more bang for the buck than say the $25 DR nickel Lo Riders I typically get a couple of months out of.

    Two people are saying this so far and any TI user will tell you the same thing.
  9. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    I have to agree with everyone on the TIs. Why skimp on quality just to save a few bucks? I've had the same TIs on my RIC 4003 for over 3 years. They still sound great.
  10. Very much so. My favorite flats in my favorite gauge. :smug:
  11. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    D'Addario Chromes Ultra Light ECB80 .040 - .095. These are pretty inexpensive and are more flexible than even the regular ligts.
  12. RockinRelic


    Aug 2, 2009
    Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Flats are your solution !
    They fit your need -- including price over the long haul.
    But here's the BONUS: They are kiiler, killer, killer sounding strings.
    Bright-enough highs and the low E and B notes come through crystal clear.
    I've been playing bass over 50 years -- yes, Five-O! - and believe me when I tell you that a better string just doesn't exist on our planet.
    I play everything from 60's rock to last week's pop hit, and the T-I's do it all.
  13. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Buffalo Ny
    fender 9050's are my 1st adventure into flats....not really that bad. I think people blow the "tension" thing out the door. That being said I am using 125-40, and they do feel slightly heavier than light rounds, but not cables by any means.You can also set it up really low....ymmv
  14. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    Pyramid Golds.

    Wait -- too much money, right?

    Make that GHS flats then.
  15. jlr


    Jan 15, 2006
    Rocheport, Missouri
    I have to go with the TI Jazz Flats too. I've tried several brands of flats and nothing even comes close to them (IMO) in terms of their tone and how long they last. They have a very low tension rating for flats and are easier to play than any other I've used.
  16. MR PC

    MR PC Banned

    Dec 1, 2007
    Elderly Strings offers a good price. If you put them in the shopping cart, the discount is reflected there I believe.

    I hated GHS, dead, stiff and sticky feeling right out of the package. Roto's were very stiff, heavy, don't always note true, and will warp some necks. LaBella same thing, plus I had problems with breakage as well. Pyramids are inconsistent, xpensive, hard to find, and you might need to combine 3 sets to get 1 good one.

    I have three sets of TI's that have been on and off several basses over the last 10 years or so. They keep sounding better. Maybe a little to low tension for some basses, you just have to try them; let them settle in to find out.
  17. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
  18. Kael


    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    Either Chromes light/ultra light or TI flats. I found the TI's to be too low tension for my tastes. D'addario xl light's feel tighter.
  19. Marton


    Sep 20, 2005
    D'addario Chromes 40-100 feel way more balanced to me than 45-100 or 40-95.
  20. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    I have 2 basses with Chromes and 2 with TI flats. The TIs win hands down for sound and feel. As soon as I can afford it - the 2 Chromes get converted to TIs. I didn't want to believe the hype, but the TIs really are fantastic.

    the Chromes are too clanky compared to even LaBellas. Great price, but it seems you get what you pay for.

    And when I buy them, it will be from Jason at basstringsonline. Great prices and selection and better than great service. Not only do the strings arrive the next day, but when I had a dead D'Addario D string on a new set of XLs, he took care of it immediately while D'Adddario didn't even answer my 2 emails.

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