Thomastik or D'Addario Chromes through the body or not

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Tommy L, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. I received some strings for Christmas and was wondering others experiences.
    To Through Body or Not To Through Body with Flats. That is the question.

    Thank you!

  2. I ran Chromes through body for years with no issues. I have since moved on to lighter-gauged strings and now the TI's flats are my absolute faves (as of 3 days ago). I run them top-loaded only as there is still some debate as to whether through-body really makes a difference (personally, I don't notice anything). Plus, since I keep flats for years and years, not stringing them through-body allows me to swap them between any of my basses without fighting 'the kink'.
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  3. Well...... I decided to Go Through The Ferrules/Body. They were too long if I didn't, so I went for it!
    Here's some pictures.

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  4. gjohnson441496


    Dec 14, 2014
    I've converted completely to D'Addario Chrome flats and this after trying many strings (except the TI's because I don't want to spend that kind of money on strings). As far as string through or top load, when I recently bought my jazz bass the strings were through the body... no problem, BUT when I replaced the rounds that were on it with my flats I decided to top load even though i was always under the impression that going through the body would yield better sustain. That being said, I do believe I am getting better sustain top loading through the bridge. I don't think it's just my imagination either but, if it is I will continue to top load through the bridge instead of going through the body anyway because it seemed to have made a noticeable difference.
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  5. nerkoids


    Jan 3, 2014
    Massive hardware, wow.
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  6. Bibby


    Aug 24, 2000
    Are the Chromes long enough to go through the body without cutting the silk?

    I would measure first. I had to buy extra long Chromes for my Sterling Classic to string through the body. My P bass has TI's, but no string through the body option so the regular length was fine. Both 34" scale.

    Regardless, both are amazing strings in their own way!
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  7. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    Long scale Chromes are too short for my T-40 by 1/2-3/4". Was very disappointed when I pulled the E through and saw all that silk on the wrong side of the nut.
  8. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
    Nice gift! Someone loves you!

    The pics look like the TIs?
  9. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I have done both makes of strings thru body with no issues at all. I will never buy a bass that is thru body stringed ever again. If it offers both thru and thru bridge good but no thru body only. Thru body offers no effect on tone to me and I have to buy long scale strings which is a hassle.
  10. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    To my knowledge, only LaBella advises against thru-body, and perhaps only on their DTF's. I too have never noticed a sonic difference either way.
  11. I think LaBella now offers a string specifically designed to go through body. But as a 5 string player, I think I've officially abandoned Tapered B's for flats. That, unfortunately, includes LaBella and Sadowsky...
  12. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    thru-body is for chic's...

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  13. Coolhandjjl


    Oct 13, 2010
    One of the glitches I have noticed with through-body is where the strings pass through the bridge itself. Some bridges that are poorly designed have the holes too close to the saddles making for too sharp of a break, there may be intonation problems, so you really have to press the bejebbers out of the strings to witness-point them properly.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2015
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  14. Only problem I'm getting now with the TI's is keeping it in tune. Weird.....
  15. Chromes come in a Super Long Scale as well ;)
  16. Eric66


    Sep 23, 2013
    The Netherlands
    Through the body.
  17. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Just what I was thinking. What kind of bridge is that?
  18. nerkoids


    Jan 3, 2014
    If you're still looking for flats, give the GHS a try. They're so long I've got 3/4 of a turn around the peg of my E string:
  19. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    No idea if string thru the body adds anything but I do know I sound my best using them. And flats have never been a problem, from bendy TI's to super heavy GHS 115 to 55 cables, and everything in between. All have performed as intended.
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  20. Been using the TI's since Last December. Once they died out, I re-EQ'd....
    Nice Growl with my EMG DC40/CS40 active pickups and BQC system all running at 18v ;)
    Very smooth.....