What gauge for Flatwounds on a P bass

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Julian G, Jun 27, 2019.

  1. Julian G

    Julian G

    Mar 16, 2017
    I've done a phone around here in Dubai but cannot get hold of any flatwound strings which I want to try out for the first time. Then on our local Amazon I have found a selection of Rotosound Monel Flatwound at reasonable prices but now I don't know what gauge. They have 50,75,95,110 then there's 40,50,75,90 and finally there's 40,60,80,100

    Appreciate your thoughts on what would be the best option. They will either go on my Fender PJ Special or my Fender P Mike Dirnt model with the slab type body. Both are passive basses and both I think would be suited to using flatwounds, just need some help deciding on the gauge.
    jamro217 likes this.
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Hmmm...do you want overcooked noodles, al dente noodles, or high tension power wires?

    Me, I prefer as light as I can get them, although I'd probably get the 40-100 set since the 40-50-75-90 set might be a little too light with the 40 G. But some folks love those really hefty and thick strings. Most folks split the difference and go 45-100 or 45-105, but I prefer lighter. All depends on what appeals to you the most.
  3. JOME77

    JOME77 Living in the Moment Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    I guess that I would fall into the "split the difference" group. I use 45-105 in the Labella's and 45-100 in the D"addario Chrome Flats and Ernie Ball Cobalt Flats.

    I did see a set of Rotosound Monel Flats at 45-105 yesterday at GC and found a set on Amazon :


    That would be my choice. I almost bought a set but I think I've spent enough on strings the last few months (tried just about every other flat out there).

    Rotosound Monel Flatwound 45-105.JPG
    jamro217 and REMBO like this.
  4. Julian G

    Julian G

    Mar 16, 2017
    Just walked into music store, who over the phone had told me that they had no Flatowounds, was buying a Spectradrive when I went through the 10 sets of bass strings they had (yeah I know overstocked?!?!?!) and there was a set of D'addario Chrome Flats 45-100 :woot:. So got me first set of flats and gonna try them out later on tonight.
  5. JOME77

    JOME77 Living in the Moment Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Excellent! I just loaded a set of those on my Fender Elite Precision. Great feeling and sounding strings. Let us know what you think of them.
    MCF and JakobT like this.
  6. Julian G

    Julian G

    Mar 16, 2017
    That's good to hear. Think I'll put them on my Fender PJ and see what they sound like.
    MCF and JakobT like this.
  7. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    curious: isn't dubai touted as the place to shop...for anything?
    lizardking837 likes this.
  8. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Rotosound 77 flats are the stiffest feeling flats I've ever tried. If you're still considering these, I'd err on the lighter side to start with.

    I've by no means explored every available option, but my personal favorite flats (that I've tried so far) are GHS Precision Flats. I started with the M3050 set (45-65-85-105) but found them a little stiff. When I bought a new set for a different bass, I went with the CM3050 set (45-60-80-105) which I find a little nicer.
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2019
    Klonk, Julian G and DJ Bebop like this.
  9. trothwell


    Apr 9, 2008
    It looks like the 40-90 set would be either for short-scale or medium-scale basses:

  10. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I like light gauge strings, because they're easier on my fingers. In the Labella Deep Talkin' flats line, the light gauge are .043-.104. Works for me.

    I'd think those should work just fine.
    jamro217, Julian G and MCF like this.
  11. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Austin, TX
    It's personal preference. As for me, I use Chromes in the heaviest gauge (50-105 - "power lines" as @JimmyM called them). LIght strings feel like nothing to me and I play right through them, possibly a byproduct of playing DB.
    jamro217, Julian G and DJ Bebop like this.
  12. BwanaDust

    BwanaDust Inactive Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2019
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Lincoln Learning Solutions - Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center
    I use the Roto Jazz Monel flats 40-100 and they play like a dream.
    jamro217 and Julian G like this.
  13. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ
    It‘s like asking which is better among medium, medium well or well done for beef steak. Only you can decide. I personally prefer light gauges.
    Pilgrim and Julian G like this.
  14. I prefer 43-56-70-100 in the form of TI’s.
  15. Just George

    Just George Fingers on 4 Flatwounds

    Dec 29, 2008
    Third rock from the sun
    Artist Relationship: Wilkins-Ampeg-La Bella
    I use .43-104 La Bella 760FL's or .45-105 La Bella 760FS's.
    Pilgrim, jamro217 and DrThumpenstein like this.
  16. 808P123


    Mar 25, 2015

    For Precision basses I tend to pluck much closer to the neck joint and therefore prefer the extra tension of heavier strings. I prefer the .52-110 LaBellas but 45-105 is a great place to start. If you find you pluck behind the pickup and closer to the bridge I would go with 40-100. The Dunlop Flats in that gauge are outstanding.
    babaseen likes this.
  17. PeaveyPlayer

    PeaveyPlayer Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    My g bass has ti flats, I’m he 2nd owner
    Haven’t taken them off
    But they feel like spaghet

    My p bass has 104. La bella
    TN WOODMAN likes this.
  18. DrThumpenstein

    DrThumpenstein Living for the groove Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2015
    St Louis, MO
    Okay, maybe it's goofy to quote myself, but I just posted this in a different thread and I thought it might be pertinent here. I'm with @JimmyM. I dig the light gauge strings.
    TN WOODMAN and EatS1stBassist like this.
  19. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    You don't even need a gauge, just look a the numbers & divide by 1,000.
    What you have is 0.045" - 0.100".

    They're OK for E standard, but for stuff like Drop D the difference in tension becomes more intense.

    If you were looking for GOLD strings, LOL!
    friend33 and EatS1stBassist like this.
  20. pbass2

    pbass2 Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Chromes are unique. A great intro to flats I feel if you've never used them and aren't sure just how "thuddy" you want to go. To me they're very versatile. I have a jazz bass with Chromes that I consider an all-arounder axe---will take it it if I'm heading into uncertain waters:). But on my P I have old Labella flats, for that truly vintage sound (with a foam mute as well).
    Julian G, EatS1stBassist and JOME77 like this.