NBD: Jazz with flats

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bruiser Stone, Sep 9, 2020.

  1. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Dayton, Tennessee
    I posted a few weeks ago about finding a good Jazz bass for flats.
    What Jazz-ish bass (with flats) fits the bill?

    This beauty arrived today from GC, and I transferred the La Bella 760FM over from my P bass. So far so good, but I’ve got a spare set of Jamerson flats with ragged silks on standby, and a set of La Bella LTF and Fender 9050M’s on the way courtesy of fellow TB’ers. I’m looking for a Jerry Jemmott/David Hood vibe at a fraction of the talent :D Curious as to your thoughts and musings for a relatively modern J configuration.

    I’ve had this Sonic Gray 2019 AmPro for 3 hours, and so far, I’m very impressed with the feel and relaxed neck versus my P bass. It holds the tension of big La Bellas very well.
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  2. luciens

    luciens

    Feb 9, 2020
    I have Fender 9050Ms on my jaco jazz bass and that's the string it'll have on it until death do us part too. I plan to buy a box! :)

    But flats are kind of an acquired taste. They'll actually have a little zing when they're new, but you don't have to play them very long until they die completely and give you the Motown thing.

    Particularly on a fretted bass, you get a kind of a cardboardy, papery sound with fret clank. I personally prefer that strongly over the clinkle, tinkle, crinkle of rounds on frets, but some folks may not take to it.

    So I'd say play it a while and see if you like it.

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  3. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    I haven't tried flats on my Jazz yet but will when I get home, I like La Bellas on P basses and have always liked the Fender 9050's on Rics, I also use DTF's on Gibsons.
     
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  4. I have 4-year-old D’Addario Nickel rounds on my passive Jazz right now, they sound like new flats...
     
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  5. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Dayton, Tennessee
    I’ve got a feeling the midrange profile of the Fenders will be very pleasing on this Jazz. They should arrive Saturday.
     
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  6. I’ve loved the sound of TIJFs and D’Addario Tapes on my Fretless Jazz. However I’m about to do a 180° turn and install some D’Addario ProSteels.

    But yes, flats + Jazz Bass = lovely tone.
     
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  7. twinjet

    twinjet Powered by GE90s; fueled with coffee. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
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    Oof. Gawjus.
     
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  8. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Dayton, Tennessee
    I love La Bella flats on my P bass, and although this Jazz seems to hold the tension well of this set with reasonably low-medium action, something seems to be missing. The strings aren’t really broken in yet, but more mids would be nice. I’m hoping the Fenders will fit the bill. Different bass/pickup/broken-in strings, but this video of a 78 Jazz with 9050M Fenders is just beautiful:
     
  9. luciens

    luciens

    Feb 9, 2020
    I've never tried the LaBella flats, though to be honest I don't know that they and the Fenders aren't the same strings. I read somewhere that there are only 2 or 3 manufacturers of flats and the different brands are just differences in brand. I may be wrong about that though.

    I don't have any recording equipment to demo the sound of my jaco, but I'd say the above video is reasonably close to how the Fenders sound on it, minus the additional nice cardboardy thing added by the frets. As for the tension, I'd say they're approximately the same as a medium set of rounds, and while the truss rod is pretty tight, it's not bottomed out by any means to give a flat fingerboard....

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  10. Sweet color bass. Throw on a butternut pick guard and it'll be perfect for southern rock bands.
     
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  11. non

    non

    Aug 4, 2015
    black pick guard!
     
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  12. Yahboy

    Yahboy

    May 21, 2008
    Cobalt Flat 2814 + Jazz bass = Meaty and Juicy tone.
    Ti JF344 + Jazz bass = Smooth woody tone along with nice clarity.
    GHS flat + Jazz bass = Go to trash, TQ.
     
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  13. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Dayton, Tennessee
    I think I like the white one as it is, and I’m not normally a fan of white PG’s.
     
  14. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Dayton, Tennessee
    I would choose the wet carnivore.
     
  15. dougjwray

    dougjwray

    Jul 20, 2005
    I've got medium gauge Chromes on one of my Jazz Basses, and it's a magical combination.
    One thing-- keep an eye on the Jamerson LaBellas on a Jazz Bass. Over a bit of time, they might really bow that thin neck.
     
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  16. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Dayton, Tennessee
    I agree and think I’ll leave those off of it. The 760FM set (49-109) or the Fenders (55-105) are about as heavy as I want to go.
     
  17. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Dayton, Tennessee
    Fenders 9050M (55-105) for the win. Stout strings but easier than comparable La Bellas, which sound better on the Precision. I’m looking forward to these breaking in. And green silks compliment the bass.