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Tried LaBella Flats and EB Cobolts on my Ric's

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by armybass, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    I am a self confessed string geek.... love trying out and talking about new strings and how they work on certain basses. So......

    I put a set of LaBella DTB 760FL's on my new 2012 FG Rickenbacker 4003 and a new set of EB Cobalt strings on my 2011 JG Rickenbacker 4003. Here are my first impressions.....

    LaBella's...... I am very familiar with these strings as these are my P Bass flats of choice for the Motown/Jamerson/Rocco vibe. I know with these strings that they need a month or more to settle in and are kinda bright right out of the pack but I am really digging the flats on my Ric. This is my first time ever trying flats on a Ric and I was happy that I could easily dial in a nice medium thump by cutting the tone back 50% on both pups. Also I has a slight bit of buzz on the second and third frets and it is no longer there with the slightly higher tension. I look forward to these strings breaking in and discovering the tonal pallet on the dark side of the Ric.

    EB Cobalts.... Wow.....just wow. These string totally make this bass sound like the kid on the corner kicking everyone's arse and taking their lunch money. The bass is huge sounding with these strings. They are rather aggressive SS bass strings and are probably not what I would want on a bass I play daily as I would be afraid they would eat the frets.... but for the bass I only play in the first set it will be cool. I cannot wait to gig this bass now with these strings. It is not quite Chris Squire....but it sounds large and in charge.

    Any other string recommendations for Ric basses or opinions on these?
  2. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Swing Bass 66 (stainless steel) for that Geddy/Squire/Entwistle sound.

    DR Lo-Riders (They brought my 4003FL to life)
  3. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    For subdued growl and feel, next time I recommend you try a set of Fender 9050CL strings. They growl instead of ping/thud, but also roll off to the tone you describe, but with a tad more definition in the mix. They are absolutely consistent string-to-string and up the neck. The middle gauges are a tad lighter like the RIC factory set, so they have similar feel, just in a flatwound. Several of the guys over on the RIC factory forum and RickResource have switched to them, including me. This set of strings switched me from a roundwound guy a couple of years ago after playing rounds for over 35 years then. I have yet to have to change them after two years of gigging, and the price is right.
  4. highway


    Aug 20, 2008
    ss or nickel?
  5. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Nickels. The SS Lo-Riders are very scooped in the mids IME.

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