something between chromes and ghs precision flats?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by dtrujillo32695, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. dtrujillo32695


    Mar 30, 2013
    I'm looking for a flatwound string that's somewhere between chromes and ghs flats in tension and tone. I like the thump and tension I get from the ghs flats but would like something a little less muddy. Chromes are close but a little to clacky. I prefer 45-105. Any suggestions;
  2. Plenty out there...

    Sadowsky flats
    Ernie Ball flats
    DR High-Beam flats
    Fender flats
  3. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    I'll second the Fender flats recommendation. Similar to Chromes but a nicer sound IMO. Feel is close to the GHS Precision flats.
  4. Recently put a set of Fender flats. They're great, and fit in right where you want your string to be tension and tone wise.
  5. PhatRon

    PhatRon I blow bass

    Feb 29, 2012
    Lake Stevens, Wa.
    another vote for fender flats. I love em on my Jazz.
  6. Rich McCoy

    Rich McCoy

    Apr 8, 2013
    I saw a video comparing different flats to one another.
    The Fender flats sounded the most consistent when played with a pick or fingers. They also sounded almost identical to Rotosounds when both were played with a pick.

    Fender would be my choice. Cheaper than Chromes, Roto's, and GHS.
  7. dtrujillo32695


    Mar 30, 2013
    Thanks for all the responses!!! Sounds like fender flats are the best bet.
  8. svtb15

    svtb15 Inactive

    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig. Q+
    Fender 9050s are pretty nice .. and may fall between those two
  9. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    The medium and medium light sets will have about the same tension as either the Chromes or GHS Precision Flats set.

    The set that has slightly less tension is the 9050CL, or custom light, set that has slightly lighter middle gauges, 45-60-80-105. That's the set that converted me from a roundwound to a flatwound guy.
  10. dtrujillo32695


    Mar 30, 2013
    What about la'bellas? Would they have a little more top end then the ghs flats?
  11. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    From what I can tell from reviewing the YouTube videos that show string comparisons, LaBellas do seem to have a touch more top end.
  12. steffeck


    Mar 30, 2013
    I replaced the Precision flats on my p bass with Fender flats. The Fender flats have a much brighter sound than Precision flats. I'm sticking with them. I haven't tried chromes yet, so I can't compare them.
  13. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Inactive

    Jan 20, 2011
    They're great. Clear & clean good mids & highs, not ice pick.
  14. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    "Not ice pick" is a matter of opinion, with all due respect, Mr. Chuck Norriss, sir.


    Personally, I thought LaBellas were all ice pick. They are very thumpy, but that high end...phew! OTOH, they work great on my Realistic violin bass, just too bright for my Fenders.
  15. u84six

    u84six Don't panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    Sadowsky Black Label Flats are the perfect balance between modern and old school.