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short scale, flatwound, tonal (?) consistency

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by H-S, Feb 23, 2019.


  1. Roto 77 flats

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  2. GHS precision flats

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  3. DA Chrome flats

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  4. Ernie Ball flats

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  5. Other?

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  1. H-S

    H-S

    Feb 1, 2019
    Got a Fender Mustang bass, which I loved when I played one belonging to a friend, but I got mine from Reverb and I'm finding the variation in sound between the A and E strings frustrating with the strings it came with. My band is kind of all over the place musically, although we're generally sloppy/loose and kind of ___ ("heavy" isn't the word, but we definitely play loud). I play super-simple basslines, and basically want to stick out as little as possible -- I can't have the A sounding crisp and bright and the E sounding loose and farty. It's just distracting and sounds wrong.
    My buddy can't remember what strings he's got on his -- all he's sure of is that they're flats. Since bass strings are so expensive (and take awhile to break in) I'm trying hard to make sure I buy the best ones for my needs. I've haunted the other SS flat threads, and am seeing conflicting info based on what the OP is asking, with some people claiming Chromes (for instance) are the absolute best and others trashing them as uneven and prone to fading quickly. I also see a ton of both love and hate for the Roto 77s and DHS precisions.
    Basically, I started this thread because I wanted to get some input from those of you more knowledgable than me (which is just about all of you) with the focus on my main concern...
    Which short scale flats will give me the most similar sound between the A and E strings on my Mustang?
    Thanks in advance for any advice you care to share. We've been playing out a fair bit lately, so I figure I'll keep using my old bass until I get the Mustang set up how I like it, but I'm eager to get it into the mix, as I know once it's set up, it'll just sound better and so much more versatile than my current Squier P-bass...
     
  2. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    I didn't vote (I'm strictly a "Carrots" Party supporter). However... unless you just get a dud string; twist them when you install them; or don't set the witness points; pretty much any short scale flat set will sound even - after they break in. Bright A (and D, and G) strings - and a "dead/muddy" sounding E string - when flats are new, is pretty much the norm for flats. When the E brightens up to meet the "losing the brightness" A-D-G strings? That's when you'll know that they've broken in. If I remember correctly, of the ones on your list? Chromes take the longest to break in. In the "other" category, La Bella flats (which I like a lot) generally sound pretty even, right away. I imagine the others on the list are somewhere in between. Another "other" - TI Jazz Flats - would work on your Mustang - provided you can string them through the body (they're really long for short scales). They sound really nice, but - they take roughly forever to break in. If you want to use flats, breaking them in, and sounding "not quite right" until they do, is just something you'll have to put up with...:whistle:
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2019
  3. I can't speak directly to your question about "best short scale flats".

    That said, the GHS Precision Flats light set (45-95, same gauges available in short scale) I use on my Am Std P (long scale) are the best set of flats I've ever used on that bass for tonal balance.
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2019

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