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TI Jazz Flats - A and E are super bright?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Calvin Marks, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. Calvin Marks

    Calvin Marks Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2017
    Are the A and E supposed to be significantly brighter in tone than the D and G out of the packet? To me it sounds like the bottom two strings are rounds and the top two are flats....makes me wonder if the cores slipped when cutting the skills and made the strings dead or something...

    Considering putting foam under my bridge for just the A and E to muffle the sound and bring some balance. For SUCH expensive strings I am a bit surprised that there are balance issues.
  2. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    I use 'em and haven't noticed anything like what you describe....

    I am using short scale TI's though....
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  3. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Give them some time. They'll even out and stay that way for many years.
  4. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    I have no unbalance tone issue with Ti flat.
    This is the most balance string to string tone flatwound string i been use. They are no .040~.045 flat G string sound as full/thick as Ti .043 G string which balance with others. And the E string sound clear and focus on my Pbass than others flat i try before.
  5. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Give the strings time to break in and yourself a chance to get used to them. Your patients will be rewarded.
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  6. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    How long have you had them on the bass, so far?
  7. Calvin Marks

    Calvin Marks Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2017
    1 day

    Probably put 5 hours playing time into them. The E is softening up a bit but the A is very very bright and quite contrasting to the rest of the set. Hopefully over the next week it will blend.
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  8. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Given these strings could possibly outlive you ;) give them some time and a lot more playing time to "settle" in.
  9. My experience with Jazz Flats is they take a week or so to settle in. Then they last for ever.
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  10. lowplaces

    lowplaces Got Punch ? Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2015
    Louisville Kentucky
    Are you sure the the string slots on your nut are cut/shaped properly ?
  11. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Although TI flats settle in more quickly than some brands, it can take one or two weeks minimum before any flat is going to settle in and have their sound fully open up. Some brands can take a month or even longer depending upon how hard and for how many hours they’re played.

    Just keep playing them and don’t put yourself through any special gyrations. In a week or two you’ll be a lot happier with the sound. One reason so many flats players dread changing their strings is having to go through that unavoidable break in period all over again.

    Luck! :thumbsup:
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2017
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  12. Tony In Philly

    Tony In Philly Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Filthydelphia, USA
    I agree with the above comments. They should sound pretty even after a brief break in period. In my opinion they are one the best set of strings out there.
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  13. ....I just wanted to add that when I say "for ever" I don't, you know, literally mean totally "for ever". I am just about to buy my third set of JF345s in 17 years.
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  14. DavC


    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    from what i remember , the A , E are slightly smaller gauges , maybe they're sitting a little lower and are closer to the pickups .. ??

    they'll get better when well broken in ..
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  15. shoulderpet


    Sep 24, 2015
    they do take a couple weeks to break in, after that they are very well balanced
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  16. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    My set was bought on 12-10-2011. Still pretty fresh :smug:
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  17. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Some flats go a very long time. I have one bass with flats I bought used with strings on. Lord only knows how old they were when I got it. I’ve owned and played that bass for close to twenty years now. And those strings are still going strong. The intonation is good, they hold tuning, and have a very satisfying flat string sound. With luck they’ll stay on for as long as I own it.

    There was a studio cat on YT that was demoing an amp and using an early 60s PB with strings on it that also went back as far. He called them “aged to perfection.” And the tone he was pulling out of that bass was gorgeous. So you never know when it comes to a flat set’s life expectancy.

    FWIW I always saw flats more as an investment compared to rounds which are definitely more like consumables. So the higher prices for flats never bothered me.

    Kinda like a straight razor. Expensive to buy, and a little fiddly to get set up and comfortable with at first. But once purchased, if treated with respect and well cared for, it’ll give you many years of superior service. Contrast that with a disposable blade. Instant gratification. But far more expensive in a very short time. And you go through them like candy if you like a really close shave.

    I like my rounds. But I love my flats.

    (And just for the record, I absolutely adore my LaBella Copper White Nylons!)
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2017
  18. hotbass57


    Nov 27, 2011
    I have two sets on two different basses and it took about 3 weeks constant playing to settle in. Both over a year old now and sound great.
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  19. I've had my new set of TI 345s on the bass now for a couple of weeks. I have also bought my first set of headphones, which has given me a new perspective on the break-in period. I have never listened to my bass through headphones before.

    D and G broke in after a few hours. A has just gone. E string is still bright, but only to an audiophile. B has just gone as well.

    The scale of the bass is 35", and that makes a difference, so YMMV.

    A few years ago I lent my bass, equipped with TIs, to a colleague whose style is.....NOT vintage. He goes for active basses and a heavily scooped, percussive sound. He hated it. Said there was no sound in it.

    Yer pays yer money and makes yer choice.
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