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What are the brightest flatwound strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by de la mocha, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    Basically, I want to get rid of that *sqwalk squeak wick wick* noise!
  2. KrispyJones


    Dec 3, 2006
    i think the steve harris (iron maiden) sig. strings could be it....
  3. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Thomastic Jazz Flat are about as bright as flats get, the Steve Harris ones aren't that bright, and get the thump happening fairly quick.
  4. WayneS


    Apr 9, 2007
    The Steve Harris strings (Rotosound SH77) are bright, but only for a while. They are large strings too. You can try the Rotosound RS77 Monel flats also. They are the same as the SH77's but in a smaller guage. I have a few sets of these lying around with only 8 hours of play on them.

    Those are the strings that I use (SH77), but I only use them for two shows each. I replace my strings every two shows.

    Anybody interested in Steve Harris sig strings that have about 8 hours of play on them? :)
  5. KrispyJones


    Dec 3, 2006
    for 10€ shipped, yes :)
  6. envika


    Nov 27, 2007
    Bronx, NY
    Fender tapewounds? At least on my brother's Ibanez they were kind of bright...
  7. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005
    Damn, only 2 shows? are you a guitarist? :p
  8. Marcury

    Marcury High and Low

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
    I find LaBella tapewounds plenty bright.
  9. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I would second the TIs. IMHO they are much more like smooth roundwound strings than flat wounds.
  10. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I'm satisfied with the brightness and clarity of TI JazzFlats. I have 'em on a fretless Pbass and two different active fivers. I crank the treble all the way down on my active basses because the TIs provide such abundant highs.

    I seem to recall a recent thread with clips, in which Chromes sounded even brighter than TIs to my ears over high-quality headphones.

    Some have said they find the string tension too low on the TI flats, but I find TI tension neither remarkable nor objectionable.
  11. -Sam-


    Oct 5, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    GHS Briht Flats are pretty bright.....

    But they sounded really mid scooped to me, no real character
  12. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Where the chromes new? New chromes might be brighter.
  13. the low one

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
    Has to be Rotosound 77's. I tried TI JazzFlats and they were smooth but not bright IMHO
  14. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I put a set of chromes on my bass and went straight to the gig. I had to turn my tone pot almost all the way down. WAY too bright for my taste, but then I prefer thumpy.
  15. billbass1


    Jan 31, 2007
    I would have to agree that the chromes sound the brightest
    of any flats I have tried.
    The others being Fender and TI .
  16. koobie


    Jul 11, 2007
    Portland OR
    I'm liking the Chromes, they're more to my liking for rock (compared to the beautiful but quite mellow TI flats). My next step is to try some half rounds or ground wounds. I don't quite want the piano-like bell tones of a roundwound, will be trying some intermediate steps.
  17. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    By far the Chromes.

    The clank goes away quickly, but they stay flat bright.

    Brite flats aren't really flats, I think, and tapes are definitely brighter, but the attack and sustain are unique.
  18. + 1 for the Chromes
  19. WayneS


    Apr 9, 2007
    Heh, nope! I love the way they sound, but that awesome sound doesnt last long. No big deal though... I take $40 out of the music pay and buy them.
  20. FidgetStone


    Jun 30, 2002
    Allen, TX
    I have had both chromes and TI jazz flats on the same bass back-to back. Chromes are brighter.

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