T.I Acousticore Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by mesaphlin, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. mesaphlin


    Apr 6, 2011
    Hello everyone,

    I want to play with Thomastik-Infeld Acousticore Acoustic Bass Strings - 4 String Set on my fretless bass. My question is that are they like flatwounds in terms of durability? I mean everyone knows that with flatwound strings, the one can play many years without changing them like roundwounds and they still stay playable.

    Does this concept apply to acousticore strings also? Or are they like roundwounds? So after awhile they go dead or dull so they have to be changed regularly?
  2. famousbirds


    Aug 3, 2009
    Acoustic strings (at least these) won't work. They have a nylon core. Magnetic pickups need a metallic string (or at least a metallic core) in order to register the vibration.
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  4. mesaphlin


    Apr 6, 2011
    mine is Lightwave saber fretless bass so it works with lights not with magnetic pickups.
  5. famousbirds


    Aug 3, 2009
    You know, I thought about mentioning that as the one exception, but I thought, "ah, what were the odds" :D
  6. mesaphlin


    Apr 6, 2011
    So acousticores' durability is like flatwounds? Could I play with them longer than I use with roundwounds?
  7. famousbirds


    Aug 3, 2009
    I've not used them, personally. But I would think they're going to be way more mellow out of the box compared to a round - so in that regard, yeah, seems like they'd work like a flat.

    You should try em out and let us know!
  8. Robin Ruscio

    Robin Ruscio Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2003
    Denver, CO, USA
    I Used em for a year or so on a Warwick alien, and they did get a little dead sounding.
  9. biobass

    biobass Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2007
    Princeton NJ area
    I have had the same set of Acousticores on my Turner Renaissance fretless 5 for about 7 years now, and they are still going strong. I haven't A/B compared them with a new set. I'm sure they sound different, but they still sound and feel great for what they are. They are still very distinct in their sound and retain their ability to be intonated properly, which is my prime determinant as to when to change strings. Admittedly, I generally can't stand the sound of new strings, except for TI, which I find to sound broken in from the get go. I have Jazz Rounds on my '65 Jazz, my Precision A/E semi-acoustic fretless and my Roscoe Beck 5 have Jazz Flats, my '39 Kay has Spirocores. The youngest set of them all, Jazz Rounds, is probably 5 years old

  10. jon5252


    Nov 22, 2009
    Boise Idaho
    Sorry that got away too soon. I would really be interested to hear what you think of your lightwave fretless.