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Sadowsky Flats

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by sigmafloyd, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. sigmafloyd


    May 1, 2011
    I've been hearing a lot of good things about Sadowsky flats. My ideal flats set would be slightly brighter than GHS Precision flats but not as tight (or clackly) as Chromes.

    Would you put these in the 'traditional flats' camp (GHS, Labella, etc) or the 'new flats' (Chromes, new Fenders, etc) camp or somewhere in between?

    Also - just checked the price ($42 on bassstringsonline), dang!
  2. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    I use sadowsky flats a lot, as well as labella, TI, GHS, and occasionally chromes, roto 77, and old fenders. I would put the sadowskys in between Labella and chromes. Where labellas have very pronounced lows and low mids (although not anywhere near as much as the old fenders), the sadowskys are more balanced across the lows/mids/highs. Pretty articulate even when they have some age on them. The chromes have a higher mid accent to my ears. Not as much thump as labellas even when old. Id say if you're looking for something in between Labella/GHS and chromes/new fenders, the sadowskys will get you there.
  3. +1

    They blow Chromes out of the water in all categories IMO. I think you would dig them. They feel great, and the silver silk is pretty sweet too.
  4. sigmafloyd


    May 1, 2011
    Thanks for the info guys. I'm leaning towards the 40-100 set. This will be the lightest set of flats I've ever tried, but I'm looking for a versatile string overall and I am willing to sacrifice some thump for ease of playability.

    On a tension scale between TIs (0) and 50-105 chromes (100) my ideal would be something like 70.
  5. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    Sigma, i use the 45-105 and frankly they do not feel too tense to me. Never tried the lights so dont know how they would sound relative to the standards.
  6. JB36

    JB36 Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2010
    Albany, NY
    From the the flats I've tried, I'd call Sadowsky as middle of the road tension wise. They're not as stiff as similar gauge chromes, but they not loose like TIs are. I thought they felt great. They have a bit of flat thump, but not like an old school sounding flat.
  7. strappa

    strappa Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2009
    Philadelphia, PA
    +1 totally agree

    Texturally they have density and weight, they feel like a metal string
    They have a nice thump but it's it's own thing
  8. DavePlaysBass


    Mar 31, 2004
    The treble response on the Sadowsky's are different than the Chromes. The Chromes treble voicing is higher and more brittle if that makes sense. The Sadowsky's allowed me to get a rich defined flatwound tone live emulating many of the great classic rock recordings that get somewhat muddy with La Bellas when I try to emulate. As for tension, I found the 45-105 set to be fine on a fretless with super low action but a bit more work than I like on a fretted. I use rounds in the 40-100 to 45-105 sizes depending on bass without much concerns on tension. If I were to buy a second set of Sadowsky Flats I would go 40-100.
  9. mccartneyman


    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor, MusicGearReview.com
    I agree that the Sadowsky's are somewhere between LaBella and Chromes, both in tension and sound. On my Lakland 55-94, the Sadowsky's have an added attack that worked well in the studio and live. They lack a bit of the natural warmth of TI Flats. Tension is higher than TIs, not as high as Chromes. I had the 45-105 set and found the tension just fine, whereas something like GHS Brite Flats or Precison Flats feel stiff in comparison. For me. Chromes sounded best on my Lakland JO5; didn't care for them on the 55-94.
  10. RedsFan75


    Apr 26, 2007
    I've got the 40-100 set on my P-bass, and love the tone and feel. They a good bit of tension, but are flexible. Not as loose as TI's not as tight as about any others I've played. Tension wise, didn't need a truss rod adjustment when I changed from LaBella FX, but felt much more flexible and easier to play.

    One note... I did have the 40 break at the ball end. I hadn't played them much, as I use my Lakland the most, but I'd practiced about 30 mins one night, sat the Fender on the stand and was siting reading when I heard it go. The wire that held the ball end onto the string gave way. Probably a fluke.
  11. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    I've been using the Black Label flats for over a year now, and they just keep getting better. They are absolutely my favorite flats of all time. They fall between traditional and new flats, have a really nice fundamental with good growl. The don't get so chimey and piano-like like TIs and Chromes do, and they don't thump like LaBellas do. I've recently switched to LaBella Jamersons as that is the sound I need with my current band. If you'd like to try Sadowskys with a little less risk, PM me, and we can work something out - assuming you can use strings cut for Fender.