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Other Lower Tension Flats besides TI's

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by okc-zee, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. I currently string my basses with TI flats...looking to try something different... Any good suggestions for some others that are lower tension as well ? I did do a search but I'd like to hear what some of you guys are using at the moment...Thanks in advance..
  2. bigswifty1


    Dec 8, 2011
    Definitely *not* roto 77's
  3. Basshoofd


    Jan 14, 2009
    You could go for any flat, but in a lighter gauge than you would normally use.
  4. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    La Bella 760FX set.
    D'Addario Chromes 40-95 set.
    GHS Precision 45-95 set.

    All close to the TI set, but very different sounding.

    IMO, the La Bella 760FX set is the one for you to try, if you want something "different".
  5. Joe Smithberger

    Joe Smithberger Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2002
    Canton, Ohio, USA
    Maybe something like the D'Addario Tapes?
  6. TI Jazz Rounds - they are like a ground wound / half round. Very "dubby" sounding like a flat wound.
  7. PBnJBassist


    Mar 8, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    If you're looking for flats with same or lower tension than TI's, I'd say look to Nylon Tapewounds instead. I run a set of custom GHS flats and they have an almost scary-exact feel of tension as my Fender Stainless Steel rounds that are

    However, tapewounds are thick, flexible, and never die. I'd seriously recommend looking into them as they are a blessing to the world of bass strings!
  8. MojoRizin


    Sep 4, 2012
  9. You'll want to check out some tapewounds (as others have said) or ground rounds, as there aren't any flatwounds as low tension as TI's

    Do you have yourself confused with the OP?
  10. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
  11. MojoRizin


    Sep 4, 2012

    OMG :p
  12. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    I also have used and like ghs flatwounds and pressurewounds in the light gauges. I have heard good things about Optima flatwounds being a good low-tension string set,that are not as loose feeling as the TI's. the optimas are about $50,the ghs $25-30 set. The optimas were described by one user on ricresource as feeling like a well broken in set of the old (discontinued) ric/maxima flatwounds,which are fantastic strings,but very hard to find and $$$. I think i am gonna order a set before long....
  13. JB36

    JB36 Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2010
    Albany, NY
    Sadowsky Flats....stiffer than TIs, but not too stiff.
  14. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9 Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    Love TI's and predict you will go back to them.
    Pyramid Gold are nice but medium tension.
    Also like the Sadowsky flats and LaBella FL's.
    Would love to try the FXs and TI Jazz rounds.

    I tired the Optimas and do not recommend them.
  15. lc12345678


    Jan 20, 2005

    I read this yesterday but had to come back to it again. hilarious :p
    I think I will randomly do this in other threads.

    I use TI's on all my basses (Ripper, Grabber, Jazz) but I think The GHS Pressurewounds would be a nice change for my Jazz.
  16. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    So,imfreeman9, you tried the flatwound optima's and don't recommend them. Can you tell us what you didn't like about them? And/or what some of the characteristics of the string set were? For example,i have read a lot of opinions about how great daddario chromes are ,but i've tried 2 sets on different basses and just don't find them to my liking. (I prefer my flatwounds to not sound too "metallic". ) when i play flats,i pretty much want a '60's bass sound,smooth and thumpy,with minimal clang.
  17. +1

    The Black Labels are amazing, great tone and even better feel.
  18. mccartneyman


    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor, MusicGearReview.com
    Yes, Sadowskys are a good compromise if you find the TIs too flabby, but they don't sound quite as warm as the TIs. They record great, though, and have nice snap live.
  19. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9 Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    i bought some Optima Gold on the classifieds here and hated them so much, I only had them for a minute and cannot remember specifics except they were very different. Did not like sound or feel.
  20. soulman969


    Oct 6, 2011

    I've been using them on my Jazz for over a year and IMHO they're the best strings I've ever played on a Jazz Bass. Punchy without too much top end or zing like a roundwound and very tonally expressive. Nice feel and even tension as well.