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"slappable" flats

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by williamk, Aug 3, 2012.


  1. williamk

    williamk

    Apr 2, 2008
    hi all
    I couldn't find the info I was looking for in any other thread;
    I would like to know which flats out there are the easier/most responsive to slap? It's to put on my p-bass, I want that old school flats sound, but I'd like to have the possibility to slap as well too, if ever possible. I don't like sloppy strings.
    The only flats I've tried where chromes and I didn't like them, though it's hard to explain why...:confused:
    thanks!
     
  2. CapnSev

    CapnSev

    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    Sadowsky flats and Fender flats (the new ones) both sound very nice slapped.
     
  3. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    I slapped the other night with my La Bella 1954 originals!
     
  4. randysmojo

    randysmojo

    Jan 14, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Who you get an actual good slap tone with having to mess much with eq? I had thought about using pressure wounds or half rounds so slapping might sound a little more authentic.
     
  5. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    its a different kind of tone slapping with flats... and no way I can slap as fast as I can with flats then the light gauge rounds I normally use...
     
  6. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    New Fender flats would be about the only slappables amongst the flats.
     
  7. Yeah, my strings (fenders) slap ok when they're new, after? Not so much
     
  8. williamk

    williamk

    Apr 2, 2008
    but don't flats never really "age" anyway...?
     
  9. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    Flats do age, but many flatwound players like them that way. Once really aged, they produce a thumpy sound with less sustain. Not advisable for slapping, I'd say.
     
  10. TortugaDaPipah

    TortugaDaPipah

    May 12, 2012
    I've had no issues slapping Chromes on my J. I crank the tone and bridge pickup knobs all the way back up, normally they're zero'd. Sounds fine to me.
     
  11. knumbskull

    knumbskull

    Jul 28, 2007
    UK
    Chromes sound good slapped, based on my limited experience :)
     
  12. PlungerModerno

    PlungerModerno

    Apr 12, 2012
    Ireland
    I get sweet results slapping with my two month old chromes... on the neck pickup of my telebass. Decent Bite and a hint of clear percussive 'snap'. I've the modern player telebass so the bridge humbucker is the 'snappy slappy' pickup.

    I think the chromes just sound very balanced and sweet - even when slapped.

    Not a terribly high-fi sound from a passive neck 'bucker and flats though :D
     
  13. Willicious

    Willicious Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Bend, Oregon
    I've been slapping a bit on a new set of LaBella 760FM's—
    just one size smaller than the '54s.
    Pleasantly surprised at how articulate (for flats) they sound.
    We'll see how they do in 3-4 months.
     
  14. kasbrey

    kasbrey

    Aug 23, 2002
    Northampton UK
    The new Fender flats - they're kinda Chromes v2.0, very slappable.

    To me they're halfway between Chromes and La Bella 760FL

    760FL will do that "Brickhouse" sound
     
  15. I'm not much of a slapper at all but these strings actually surprised me with how good the slap tone was (especially with a foam mute). Probably won't be everyone's taste. From my limited understanding D'addario Chromes are the zingiest flats.
     
  16. randysmojo

    randysmojo

    Jan 14, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I guess that's kind of the question for some,what is the zingiest flats? Anyone know of brighter, zingier flats than Chromes?
     
  17. enjoi1018

    enjoi1018 Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    Auburn, AL
    I've got some Ken Smith Slickrounds that aren't quite flats, but have no zing to them and still slap oh so sweet. Add a little flange or filter behind and viola. :D
     
  18. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Wow, what a lot of misinformation here!

    I've slapped on any strings I ever used, and it sounds just fine with all of them. This idea that most flats aren't slappable is myth.
     
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  19. williamk

    williamk

    Apr 2, 2008
    ...and viola? hahaha!!
     
  20. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    US
    I can tell you that TIs are the worst slapping flats I've tried. La Bellas and EB/Chromes work pretty well for flats.
     

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