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need advise on 0.40`s

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by dadodetres, Nov 18, 2005.


  1. dadodetres

    dadodetres

    Dec 19, 2004
    URUGUAY
    hi!

    this is the thing: since i live in uruguay i dont have the chance of trying out many different brands/gauges, so my experience is limited.

    i own a lakland 4-94 and a warwick corvette fretless.
    for the lakland i have GHS bommers (0.40) and for the fretless i have earnie ball roundwounds (0.45)

    im definatly a 0.40 player, the 0.45 rounds seem to have many of tension for me, but the proble is that in uruguay the only flats are those (the store run out of 0.40 and they are not planning to get more). i like how the earnie ball sound and plays, but maybe is there other brand that you can recomend me...

    and for the lakland: it plays GREAT with 0.40, but i feel that the GHS`s i installed 2 months ago are not ment fo that bass, im looking for something that can acentuate the growl of the bass. (im a big slapper so bright is also a must)


    im planning on making an order to music123.com, and buying 2 sets for the fretless and maybe 3 or 4 for the lakland.

    can you recomend me a set of 0.40 flats? maybe ill get earnie ball 0.40 plus something else to try.

    also, what do you recommend me for the lakland?
    i used to play earnie ball extra Slinky untill the store run out of them, i shall get these? or theres anything that sounds-plays-longs better?

    well, thancks for any advice and input!
     
  2. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    If you really noticed the tension going from 40 to 45 you are going to hate flats.

    Maybe TI Jazz Flats? Labella FL760 are also low tension for flats.

    And don't be fooled by the sizes. For example D'Addario Chromes come in a Super Soft 40, but they are still going to be higher tension than Ernie Balls at 45 IMHO.
     
  3. dadodetres

    dadodetres

    Dec 19, 2004
    URUGUAY

    why?
     
  4. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    In my experience, flats are higher tension than rounds. Even low tension flats are going to be higher tension than rounds. For example, D'Addario chromes at 40 are much much higher tension than the D'Addario XLs at 45.

    I actually like the tension. In Chromes I use the 50-105 set. I find on the 40-95 set the G sounds weak. Exception: This set works great on the short scale Musicmaster.

    The advantage of the Chromes is that they are very bright *for flats*.

    The one exception might be the TI Jazz flats. I, and many other, don't like them because they are too low tension. Expensive though.
     
  5. dadodetres

    dadodetres

    Dec 19, 2004
    URUGUAY

    actuelly the earnie ball 0.45 have more tension of what i want, but not THAT much as the earniebal lrounds o.45 (on my warwick fortress one) bur maybe is the bass that had a shorter scale? (or not?). so maybe earnieball 0.40 flats will do...

    do you say TI jazz flats are too low tension? maybe that is what im looking for.... how do they sound?


    whats the difference between flats and chorme?
     
  6. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I could never get over the tension on the TI Jazz flats, so I am not the person to ask. If you do a search, they have been discussed a lot.

    Chromes are flats. Chromes are D'Addario's line of flats. They are brighter than most flats, but not as bright as rounds. I use them for rock music.