Switching to flatwounds

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ghostrider, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. ghostrider


    Jun 12, 2010
    Any suggestions on some durable flatwounds? I'm switching to flats and I was wondering if anyone could give some opinions, criticism, or advice on flatwounds.
  2. JaamE

    JaamE Owner of the GK Angry Bird amp

    Apr 13, 2011
    Olympia, WA
    I've only used the ones i have on n ow, D'Addario XL Chromes...but I love them. My Dean never had much of a voice before i switched, and the rounds chewed up my fingers. Now I no longer have to turn the amp up higher than whomever had it before me and my bass has its own unique sound. It used to be just kinda muddy but now you can really hear it in the mix.
  3. 5StringFool


    Jun 10, 2011
    Greenup, KY
    They're all pretty durable, but can vary quite a bit in tone. My pref's are T.I's and Chromes
  4. M.Mannix3


    Jun 12, 2010
    I've only tried Chromes, but I like 'em a lot. I still feel obligated to try LaBellas though.
  5. ghostrider


    Jun 12, 2010
    Thanks to all, I'm going to check out those chromes, and what are TI's?
  6. bassingeorge

    bassingeorge Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2003
    San diego, CA
    Try Chromes...you'll love'em.

    They are WAY different from rounds, so be patient with them and give them a chance to grow on you.
  7. bassingeorge

    bassingeorge Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2003
    San diego, CA
    Thomastik Infelds...Very pricey though. And I've read that they are loose feeling, but a LOT of folks like 'em. Can't imagine the loose feeling. I like the tightness of the chromes.
  8. redstrand


    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
    Fool For Four Strings
    Thomastik Infelds...very nice strings.
  9. ghostrider


    Jun 12, 2010
    I'll check them out thanks
  10. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Put up another for the TI. Loose? I don't think so.

    Sir Paul uses the Pryamid Golds and they're even more money and many have complained about the durabilty.
  11. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008
    Can recommend LaBella's for a very noticeable tonal difference. When I think of what flatwounds should sound like, I think LaBella.
  12. Musicphan


    Oct 11, 2008
    +1 for TI
  13. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2008
    Tucson, Arizona
    You should check out Curt Mangan strings. They don't get enough love from the Flat wound community here on TB.

    Curt Mangan Strings

    Send Curt an e-mail and fill out his endorsing artist page and you might get sponsored. He is super nice to work with and the prices are great too. I use his flat wound SS strings exclusively (when using flat wound strings) and couldn't be happier. They now carry 5 string Flat wound strings which I'm getting ready to put on a OLP/MM bass with Nordy MM5.2 and vintage pre-EBMM pre-amp. Should be a cool mix.

    Either way, you can't go wrong with what everyone else has recommended.

    Good luck and welcome to the club.
  14. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    GHS precision flats. Probably the smoothest strings out there.
  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Labella Deep Talkin' flats are excellent for durability.

    I have a nice sounding 40-year-old set of flatwound strings on my '63 Precision that I think are Pyramid Golds.
  16. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    +1 I used quite a few sets of Chromes (ECB81). For me they are dead after some 100 hours of playing. At the moment I'm using a set of GHS precision flats. They definitely feel smoother. Right from the start they sound sort of broken in and stay there for a long time. How long I don't know, as my first set is still on. They certainly last longer than the Chromes.
  17. ghostrider


    Jun 12, 2010
    Thanks for the suggestion. I think I'll try those or the brite flats from GHS
  18. Really? I found LaBellas to be polished better.

    My order of preference is: Labella, GHS, Chromes.
  19. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
    I like the GHS flats; they're my fave. Honourable mention goes to Labella 0760M "Jamerson" flats.

    The GHS are very smooth, mellow and warm. If you want a brighter tone - D'Addario Chromes.
  20. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv

    I had Ben Lindsey make a Fretless Jazz bass and put these on. I can't believe the sound!

    As far as being looser, it's not like you're playing on cooked spaghetti. I had no adjustment period at all.