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Need a recommendation for flats

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by buldog5151bass, Nov 23, 2018.


  1. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Been playing Ps for decades, but with round wounds, either Rotosound Swings or LoRiders (45-105). Just got another P for flats. It came with Fender flats - sound great, but too stiff. Any suggestions for string/gauge for a traditional flats thump, but with a similar stiffness/tension? I was thinking of trying Chromes, but going to a slightly lighter gauge (40s).
     
  2. GHS Precision Flats 3025, 45-60-75-95.
     
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  3. christle

    christle

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    LaBella 760FL work for me. GHS Precision Flats were also good and traditional sounding.
     
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  4. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    A second vote for the LaBella 760FLs but the Chromes 40’s are cool too but a much brighter vibe than the 760’s.
     
  5. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    How about feel? As I said, I'm looking for something that will feel close to those rounds as to stiffness/tension.
     
  6. I find the GHS Precision Flats 45-95 slightly more comfortable than the La Bella 760FL (43-60-80-104) in terms of overall stiffness and playing feel without being too loose and floppy. I also like the tonal balance of the GHS with a clear and articulate 95E and a non-twangy 45G. In comparison, the La Bella 104E tends to be a bit too muddy and the Chrome 40G is way too bright and twangy for my taste.
     
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  7. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    A smaller gauge flat wound set than what you're used to with rounds, is about the only way to approximate the round's stiffness. Finding some flats with a round core will help, too... Personally, I solved this "problem" by just stringing almost all my basses with flats - but that won't work for everyone, I guess...:whistle:
     
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  8. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    I ordered the Precision Flats 45-95s. @GIBrat51 I like the flats for blues, jazz, and some older rock,but I need a brighter tone for a lot of the tunes I play.
     
  9. I wouldn't consider the GHS Precision Flats to be "bright" as such; however, they can hold a strong presence in the mix, thanks to their clean and articulate low-mid punch.
     
  10. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    That last part was kind of a joke. I know that not everyone is stuck back in the early '60s musically ( where I'm very happy) - a fact that's made sometimes painfully clear every time I turn on a radio...
     

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