1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

TI Jazz flats WOW!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Mikeee71, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. Mikeee71

    Mikeee71 Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    I just bought some TI flats for a 51" P bass build I am working on.
    So in the meantime I threw them on my 2012 Am Std P bass just to see how it would sound and WOW! I am blown away! They sound amazing! Nice thump very smooth clear sounding and very articulate! I read that some people think that they are kind of floppy but I didn't find that the case at all. I would say that they have a bit more bend to them than other flats but I kind of dig it! I guess I am going to have to buy another set for my 51" build because those aren't coming off that bass!
    interp, pacojas and SirMjac28 like this.
  2. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Washington, DC Area
    TI flats aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I like them a lot. They are very flexible for flats, and I have had good luck with them on through-body strung basses like the Mustang.
  3. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    All my basses, many in the '51 P bass style, sport TI Flats. Expensive but they last for years and the tone can't be beat.
    interp and SirMjac28 like this.
  4. inthebassclef

    inthebassclef Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2012
    I love TI flats. I have them on both of my P basses and my Rick. I agree completely they are extremely articulate. I think they are the truest and clearest sounding strings on the market.
    interp and SirMjac28 like this.
  5. mazdah


    Jan 29, 2010
    Kalisz, Poland
    I just got back to TI Flats after 5 years of exclusively using LaBella 760FL.
    And I'm glad I did!

    I love LaBellas but Thomastik-Infeld flats are just special sounding, and they give wider variety of sounds.
    interp, armybass and newyorkiddo like this.
  6. Mikeee71

    Mikeee71 Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    I imagine once they break they are going to sound even better!
    I tempted to put them on my Jazz bass which presently has Chromes on it which do sound great as well.
  7. Bassdude15


    Feb 26, 2013
    I agree with everything above.TI's are the most balanced-sounding strings in the world.
    interp likes this.
  8. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    Where do you folks get your TI flats? Thinking of trying some :)
  9. JMarsh

    JMarsh Supporting Member

    May 22, 2007
    interp likes this.
  10. denton57

    denton57 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2005
  11. Mikeee71

    Mikeee71 Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    +1 Bassstringsonline!
  12. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    Sweet. Thanks!
  13. OEW3


    Nov 6, 2011
    I'm a LaBella DTF man. Always been curious about the TI's. How do they feel when using a pick? The rumored floppiness has always scared me off, especially considering the price. I'd hate to buy, try them once, and be bummed if the flop makes them unusable. I use both fingers and a pick. Flop is fine with my fingers, not sure with a pick. Thanks!
  14. TI price is what kills it! Great strings though!
  15. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    I mostly play with a pick...hmm
  16. Mikeee71

    Mikeee71 Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    I haven't used a pick with them but like I said earlier I didn't find them to be floppy.
    I would say as far as flats go they don't feel as stiff but far from floppy.
  17. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    The floppiness of TIs is way overstated. They have less tension than most flats, if that is what they are compared to. Tension-wise they feel about like your average round wound.
    Right now, they are 15% off at Musician's Friend.
  18. porterbass

    porterbass Supporting Member

    Jul 11, 2013
    I also don't get the floppy reputation of TI JFs. I have them on two basses and although they are lower tension than others, I wouldn't begin to describe them as floppy. That being said, I tried them on my Elrick fretless 4 this past week and didn't like them on that bass. Absolutely love them on my Rick Turner Ren 5 fretless. The tension did feel different between the two basses, but maybe I'm crazy. (I had the same experience when I tried Status-Graphite tapewounds on the Elrick fretless. The tension seemed to low, but the tension seems perfect with the LaBella tapewounds on it. The Status-Graphite tapewound tension feel perfect on my Turner Ren 4 fretless.) So, moral of the story in my experience...it may depend on the specific bass.

    I also just tried the TI JFs on a Lakland Duck Dunn P I am evaluating and they felt and sounded great on that.
  19. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass What the .............. Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
    I just put a set of these on my JV24.. I have not used flats since 1978.. I like them. It is different .. the flats.. I had to get used to the odd size .. but I like them. Wow is right. It totally changes my playing.. but I guess that is not because they are TIs but because they are flats. Flats are a totally different animal and the last time I used them I could barely play .... :)

    They actually seem to be less floppy than the DRBBs I had been using.
  20. mazdah


    Jan 29, 2010
    Kalisz, Poland
    They need a little more space to ring. I left them biger neck relief than labellas had. Still they are easier for fingers than my DTF's.