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What are currently the smoothest polished and modern sounding flatwounds available?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by WaynerBass, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. WaynerBass

    WaynerBass Banned SUSPENDED

    Jan 12, 2016
    Southwest Florida
    What are currently the smoothest polished and modern sounding flatwounds available? I would like something with good low thump, good mid bass and smooth (not brittle top end) and at least the middle of the road for sustain... maybe I'm asking too much out of flatwounds? lol...
  2. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
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  3. taylor16


    Dec 25, 2012
    Fender 9050's.
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  4. tallboybass

    tallboybass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2003
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Lighter gauge Chromes...for real. We're all going to mention our favorite flats, but these are exactly what you described.
  5. Yes and yes.

    Of the two, the Sads are a bit smoother in feel.
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  6. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Sads arent my favourite but they are exactly what the op asked for imo.
    Chromes are too much of the highs that that they dislike.
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  7. Eikari


    Jun 21, 2015
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  8. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    While not as smoothly polished as Sad's or Labella, I'd vote Thomastik Infeld TIJF for the most modern take on the flatwound. They're probably the most mid-forward as well. To me, the Fender sets feel and sound very much like a D'Addario whose outer wrap has been polished and I personally would say they're more alike than different, sounding almost mid scooped compared to the TI, Sad and Labella sets. All just IMO/IME, of course.
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  9. "Smoothest polished" ... definitely Pyramid flats.
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  10. Klonk


    Apr 28, 2011
    I've tried the lot, and I thought "Sadowsky" when I read the first post. The Pyramids are pretty smooth, but they are nickel flats, and to me they don't feel as smooth as LaBella or Sadowsky flats. FWIW, I've had two Pyramid sets. I would rather liken the Pyramid to DR Legends, smoothness-wise :)
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  11. I'll tell you what the problem is with your post: You're giving me the burning desire to try the Sadowsky flats! So many others too, rave about them. Problem is I don't have enough basses to fill my flatwound desire:)
  12. Smoothest pyramid but tone isn't modern.

    Modern thomastik infield jazz flats and feel nice.
  13. TI jazz flats, thump? Yes, mids? Yes, highs? Not brittle.

    Expensive though.
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  14. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
  15. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
    I tell you I like my Fender 9050s, but I think the GHS Precisions I have are smoother and feel more polished
  16. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Sadowsky Black Label Flats!
  17. if you want polished strings, then DIY with a Mr. Clean magic eraser pad. I have some half wounds that felt like they were never polished at the factory and the ME pad did a great job of smoothing them out.

    I have used D'aD Chromes, but prefer the Fender 9050s. They will smooth out in about a month...
  18. Tb has an obsession with the contradictory
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  19. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    I disagree
  20. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007

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