Where to go from Rotosound 77s?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Anthonyfranklin9000, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. Anthonyfranklin9000

    Anthonyfranklin9000 Guest

    Nov 12, 2014
    South Carolina
    Just like the title implies, I am wondering what strings to try. I have a nearly 2 year old set of Roto 77 flats on my Jazz bass. They were the first flatwounds I have tried and while I have generally liked the thump and overall tone of them, I see they don't get the glowing praise here that other flats get.
    I can tolerate the stiffness that the 77s have in comparisons to roundwounds, but don't want to go stiffer and a tad lighter would be ok I suppose.
    Looking at Chromes XL or the LA Bella Deep Talking Bass, any others to consider? This will be going on a parts bass with Fender vintage reissue pups and I'm looking for a warm vintage tone but plenty of that characteristic thump when I want it. I swear I read every post on rotos to try and gauge a comparison before posting.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2014
  2. StevieMac


    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    This will give you some ideas tone wise.

    Chromes seem to be a love/hate thing. Personally I'm on the love side but that's me. They are cheap enough to be worth trying IMO.
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  3. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    There's so much variation from one brand of flatwound to another. A lot more so than rounds, in my opinion. You really just have to try all of them.

    It'll cost you but in the end you'll know what you like. Plus you can recoup about half your money. Used flats almost always sell in the classifieds.
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  4. Anthonyfranklin9000

    Anthonyfranklin9000 Guest

    Nov 12, 2014
    South Carolina
    Thanks. The Rotos are brighter in comparison than I was even expecting. The Chromes were a bit aggressive. After watching the above, those LA Bella intrigue me as a good middle of the road option.
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  5. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Right now in the classifieds, a guy (not me) is selling used sets of regular labella flats and low tension labella flats. A good place to start.
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  6. Sounds like you might want to try either the La Bella DTF or the GHS Precision Flats, both of which are well known for the classic thump.

    D'A Chromes and Fender 9050s, on the other hand, are for something a little brighter and slightly more aggressive.
  7. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Chromes will thump after they are settled in a few months.

    Underrated string: Ernie Ball flats: defined, not much "new string zing," settle in quickly, and very versatile. I found this out when I needed an E string to go with ADG Fender flats when the E string got dark on me. It blended very, very well and sat well in the mix. It's a cross between Chromes and Fenders when new, and settles in to a nice round defined tone that is mellow without being too thumpy.

    Then again, as stated above, the La Bellas are hard to beat.
  8. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Although I have Fender 9050s on my '78 P-Bass (along with the bridge cover/mute), the LaBella DTFs have taken up residence as "flats-of-choice" in my herd. Anything else would have to show me an awful lot to replace them; nothing I've tried has, so far. :)
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  9. I agree. I used the EB 110 set on an old Precision for a long time and they just got better all the time! That said, the LaBella Jamersons take some beating for fundamental bass tones on a P. I've just been in the studio using a 7 year old set and the engineer was in heaven!!
  10. Fragile Thunder

    Fragile Thunder Bassist - Equilux

    Jan 2, 2014
    Central NY
    I have to say, while I feel like LabEllas have a more "fundamental" sound, I love the texture of the Roto flats, especially the E.
  11. FatStringsRule

    FatStringsRule Guest

    Jan 25, 2015
    Since you like traditional flats, try Ghs Precision flatwound. Not as stiff as the 77s, but they retain that rubber, clack thud and fundamental.
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  12. Anthonyfranklin9000

    Anthonyfranklin9000 Guest

    Nov 12, 2014
    South Carolina
    After watching some YouTube videos trying to compare.... I decided on the Labellas DTBs. I just haven't strung them up since they are for a parts Jazz bass that's in finishing stages now.
  13. Thrillhouse


    Jan 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I think you made a good choice. I have been really digging the Deep Talkin' flats for on my P. They've got a really balanced, nuanced tone. They are definitely a well-rounded flat (there's a pun in there somewhere).
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  14. Coolhandjjl


    Oct 13, 2010
    GHS Precision will be about as opposite from Roto 77s as you can get. The GHS have a great vintage 'thunk' tone to them.
  15. Anthonyfranklin9000

    Anthonyfranklin9000 Guest

    Nov 12, 2014
    South Carolina
    Update. The Labella's do have a nice solid fundamental note to them and are quite smooth, but I am missing my nicely broken in Rotosound flats. The new Labellas seem so bright and feel odd to the finger picking hand, hard to put my finger on it (no pun intended). I picked up my old bass the other day at with the 2 year old rotos and it just felt so comfortable, it was kinda of a bummer.
    I'm telling myself when these Labella's have some time to settle in and be played more they will feel and sound like I hope. In the meantime, I'm actually rolling my tone knob back a good 1/3 to 1/2.
  16. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    Bayou City
    DR Flats are my fav. They don't get mentioned much in all the discussions about flats, but they are really great strings. I have em on all my basses.

    They sound very much like a broken in LaBella, but right out of the package. A little less stiff than the LaBellas.
  17. catgut


    Jan 15, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    Yep. Give them a few weeks to a month to settle in. Roto's are known to be one of the brighter flats out there. That is not the case with the LaBella's. They are pure thump. But do have some top end when new.
  18. Anthonyfranklin9000

    Anthonyfranklin9000 Guest

    Nov 12, 2014
    South Carolina
    Thanks. I was hoping that is the norm for these so that's reassuring. They feel rather 'clicky' now.
  19. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    gonna have to stick with the rotos, considering i just put them on yesterday
  20. Anthonyfranklin9000

    Anthonyfranklin9000 Guest

    Nov 12, 2014
    South Carolina
    I have no complaint with Roto 77 flats at all; the stiffness never bothered me and the lows / thump were decent. After coming to TB I just read all the flack they get and thought I owed it to myself to try other flats.
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