Slappin' on some TI flats?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Sharp, Jul 26, 2003.

  1. Sharp


    Jan 27, 2002
    Artists Relations, KMI
    i know traditionally flats arent the slappers' choice, but ive heard many great things about these strings... do they sound alright slapped? are they so good that i would want to give up slapping just to put them on my bass?

    peace all-
  2. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Imho they are not good for that style I have two basses set aside with T.I. flats on it. If you have only one bass they may limit your sound depending on what type of music you play. Jmho.
  3. mans0n


    Jun 15, 2002
    It depends on what sound you go for when you slap.

    I feel that flatwound strings sound better for slapping. They keep their percussive sound and obviously a more thumpy noise when used for slap. Also, you should consider flats wont be as flexible as roundwound strings which also effects your decision. I think if you are looking for clankity clank noise stay with round wounds. If you use slap as more of a rhythmic tool in a percussive way rather than trying to fill up every tonal range (i.e. the sound you get from brand new roundwounds) for an entire song I think flats are great.

    A few of my acquaintences agree slap sounds better on flatwounds, it sounds more 'rootsy', 'fat', 'thumpy', 'bassy', 'upright', 'vintage' and 'thick' (their words not mine).

    It doesnt have the modern sound of the electric bass sound you are familiar with.
  4. PhilMan99


    Jul 18, 2003
    US, Maryland
    TI Flats, while my personal favorite (I don't slap), are probably not good for slap. TI Flats have some of the lowest "tension" in the industry. Slap is highly dependent on the "springiness" of the string.

    Other flats aren't so "loose" tension-wise. D'Addario "Chromes" (ground-wounds) might be worth considering, in addition to actual flat-wounds.
  5. Wow, nice sound....Need.....SIT flats...
  6. This may sound cheesy but the tone in the second link actually took my breath away. What kind of bass was used in this recording ?
  7. tappel


    May 31, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    SIT Power Flats aren't traditional flatwounds. Just FYI, here's a blurb from their site:

    "Flatter than a half flat, but not quite as flat as a pure flatwound."
  8. not powerflats... FLATS! They make them too. Regular stainless flats.


    the recordings are of my Benavente 51... it's a smokin' bass!
  9. Right to the sound card or what type of rig setup ?
  10. God I loved that tone so much I was going to start crying :)

    I see you found your perfect bass... I'm still looking for a first rig as I get the money together.Trying to find around 600-800 watts at 4 ohms and 400 watts and 8 ohms. The search continues !

    Very nice pictures ^^
  11. thanks!

    Ashdown makes a killer head @ 900 watts into 4 ohms.
  12. Thanks, I'll check it out.
  13. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett Commercial User

    Nov 25, 2001
    Cane Ridge, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer, Builder

    James strings on his Benavente 51 Series does have actually flats by SIT. SIT doesn't show them on their site for some reason but the do make them. They make all type of string's and gauges. Great guys to deal with and they are actually a string winding company, not just a private label string company.
  14. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    I'm not a big slapper, but I do slap a bit on my fretless with TI's, and they sound good. Definitely not round-like, but they have some zing to them.