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What is a good first set of Flats?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by CharlieD, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. CharlieD


    Jul 15, 2012
    Hello everyone, this is my first thread here, so sorry if there is another thread for this.

    I just built my first fretless from parts from a couple of old Yamaha's, and I need some strings for it. I've only ever played roundwounds, so I'm brand new to this whole fretless/flatwound way of doing things, and I don't want to mess up the fretboard. So basically I'm just wondering what is a good set to start with gauge wise, and brand wise. I usually play 45-105 ghs boomers on my fretted basses.

  2. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    I tried chromes first... for fretted, and liked them (.45 - 1.00). Tried Roto 77's (.45 - 1.05) very high tension, great tone but stiff and the 'bite' or edge fades rapidly. The chromes have kept their bright uppermiddy tone well. I'd recommend those.

    Have a gander online, somebody with a fretless will chime in hopefully with relevant advice.
  3. Shakin-Slim


    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    I play GHS Precision flats on my fretted P and my fretless J. They're really great flats, and they tend to be cheaper than many others (in NZ at least).
  4. My first (and so far only) foray into flats are GHS Precision Flats. I love them so far. They give me an authentic old school thump and break in very nicely.
  5. kreider204


    Nov 29, 2008
    D'Addario Chromes, but go one gauge lighter (the .040s) to compensate for the increased tension.
  6. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    +1. The 45-100 sets have tense D and G.

    Some people love it... I will admit I'm really warming to them as they slowly break in. Plus they feel fantastic. I can't wait to try them on fretless... when I get a fretles :bassist:
  7. CharlieD


    Jul 15, 2012
    Thank you all very much for the replies! I'll look into the two sets mentioned.
  8. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    My first set was TI's like them alot, after that I tried Sadowsky, Chromes and Labella. I still have TI's in my P :)
  9. waynobass


    Feb 27, 2008
  10. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    Ti's are definately on my to try list.
  11. rotosounds are my favorite flats to use, i love the feel of them and sound, second favorite is ti jazz flats.
  12. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003

    Just get a set of TI JF344's and be done with it. :bassist:
    These strings changed my bass playing life.
    And they last forever.
  13. nemo


    Mar 19, 2004
    What wood is your fingerboard? There is a myth that you must use flatwounds on fretless. Actually, the nicest, most singing mwaah sound you will get from roundwounds. The flats on fretless will give you more of an upright sound. If you have ebony fingerboard, I would not be afraid of using rounds at all. My recomendation is for DR Sunbeams nickel rounds.
  14. Holdsg

    Holdsg Talkbass > Work Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    I have tried many brands of flats. D'addario Chromes, TI Flats, Ernie Ball Group III Flats, Labella tapewounds, and Sadowsky Black Label flats. I find that for me the Sadowsky's just work. The Ernie Balls are a close second, and they are cheaper than any other, if you were just looking for somthing to "try", without breaking the bank, I recommend those too.
  15. CharlieD


    Jul 15, 2012
    The fingerboard is rosewood
  16. I got a 5 string set from Carvin. I don't know who makes them (they have a purple wrapping) but I've been happy.
  17. nemo


    Mar 19, 2004
    Ok, in that case, if you want to protect your fb, the closest flats to rounds are TIs, I had them. Great strings.
  18. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Chromes. TI's are nice too but expensive. I have been flipping between the two, but I think i like the tension of the chromes better.

    Good Luck!
  19. soulman969

    soulman969 Banned

    Oct 6, 2011
    Englewood, Colorado
    I don't play a fretless but you can't go wrong with GHS Precison Flats as a basic first shot with a flatwound. Pretty traditional old school mellow and thumpy.
  20. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    For a first set, the LaBella Deep Talkin Flats are really the standard that all the others are compared to.

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