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Regular flats on acoustic

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by FatCity, Jun 10, 2003.


  1. FatCity

    FatCity

    Apr 30, 2002
    Lexington, SC
    Endorsing Artist: Howard's Crispy Fried Chicken Skins
    I just ordered an Epi El Segundo to dub around on and I have a question: Can regular flats, such as TI's, be used on an acoustic bass or are the frets made of a different material which would be damaged by strings designed for an electric bass?

    Thanks in advance,

    FC
     
  2. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I have Labella nylons on my Tacoma Thunderchief, and GHS (I think) flats on my new-to-me Applause.

    Try a set of the LaBellas - you won't be sorry! Carvin has 'em for cheap - their ABGs use them, too.
     
  3. FatCity

    FatCity

    Apr 30, 2002
    Lexington, SC
    Endorsing Artist: Howard's Crispy Fried Chicken Skins
    The LaBella's would be my first choice, but the gauges make me nervous- I am afraid I will have to file the slots in the nut and to be honest- I haven't tried that before. I don't want to mess the thing up!

    Thanks for the reply!
     
  4. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    The frets on an ABG are gonna be made of the same material. Regular flats won't do any more to them than they would to regular BG frets.

    Sure, you can use regular flats on an ABG. I use T-I Jazz Flats on mine.
     
  5. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Mine were a direct fit, with no problems. Maybe the nylon has some give?
     
  6. FatCity

    FatCity

    Apr 30, 2002
    Lexington, SC
    Endorsing Artist: Howard's Crispy Fried Chicken Skins
    Thanks for the replies- I really appreciate it!

    FC