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your favorite flats on a budget?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by William K, Oct 21, 2020.


  1. William K

    William K

    May 9, 2019
    looking to put new flats on a p-bass, but I don't have the means to buy one of those super expensive sets. I'm familiar with Chromes and do like them, but am open to something different. any set of flats out there on the cheaper side that are worth trying?

    so that I may sound like this:
    :)
     
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  2. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    No flats are cheap but they last for years. You don’t have to get TI’s but you’re not gonna find a budget set that costs what cheap rounds cost. I think chromes are the cheapest.
     
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  3. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    TI's that last over a decade turn out to be quite the bargain. But that would be after the flat string brand testing stage.
     
  4. JKos

    JKos

    Oct 26, 2010
    Torrance, CA
    Dunlop Flats seem reasonably priced at $32 and well received. I just put them on a bass that had Chromes and find them fairly similar, a bit to my surprise.

    I guess one needs to define what price point "budget" means. Long term or short term budget?

    They are very budget friendly in that respect.
     
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  5. primusfan1989

    primusfan1989

    Jan 17, 2005
    new jersey
    Chromes are the cheapest Im aware of (maybe fender flats are cheaper) but Im not a fan. DR or La Bella are the best for me, not the cheapest but definitely better than chromes for me
     
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  6. JKos

    JKos

    Oct 26, 2010
    Torrance, CA
    Chromes $40. Dunlop flats $32. Fender flats $27.50.
     
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  7. MCF

    MCF

    Sep 1, 2014
    US
    These are on my list to try; haven’t tried them yet. But I like the company and use their round wound Power Steels on a couple of basses. I love their acoustic guitar strings and have used them for yraes.

    I’ve seen them as low as $28/on some sites for the four string 45 - 105s
    S.I.T. Strings - Bass Guitar, Power Flat Bass
     
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  8. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Québec
    Old ones still on from 15 years ago.

    ;)
     
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  9. GHS Precision Flats. $24.95 at JustStrings.com
    Sound good & last as long as any other flatwound. F0BBB1DE-0DC9-4240-8D33-B2CD70BFCC53.jpeg
     
  10. TimboZ

    TimboZ

    Jan 4, 2009
    South of Buffalo
    Another vote for GHS. Have them on 3 of my basses.
     
  11. bassinflorida

    bassinflorida turn that dang thing down

    Jan 27, 2014
    Tampa, FL
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  12. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Rotosound 77s are nice for the money. I have them on a bass now and a set of LB waiting for them to die. And they won't die. Which is weird because their rounds don't last as long as some. I like the way they feel and sound well enough that I am not in a hurry to replace them. For comparison the touch is smooth, not sticky at all, similar to your Chromes except lower tension. I think I'd buy a set. They're $30-32. They have a very warm tone. I didn't buy them, they came on a bass. But I am not taking them off any time soon and I have a handful of string sets on hand so I wouldn't hesitate to remove them if I was unhappy.
     
  13. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
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  14. I liked them. I was using their heavy 50-110 set but, they don't offer them anymore.
    The heavy set reminded me of La Bella's 1954s. I have a set of La Bella's on now.

    They are stiff, the webstrings flats, like La Bella's or Rotosound Monel flat wounds. Not soft like TI flats or Pyramid Golds.

    I would buy their strings again, I've used their steel rounds before as well. I liked those too.
     
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  15. WillyWonka

    WillyWonka Fretless with a pick Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2019
    The Ernie Ball cobalts are easily my second favorite flats, and at the time of this post can be had under $28.

    First favorites are Pyramid Golds and if I’m lucky I can get them under $55.
     
  16. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Ernie Ball "Custom Gauge Group xxx" bass strings, I've got two basses that have had them on for 20 years. $34 at Amazon, not cheap but not expensive, either. They come in at least four gauges.

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  17. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    I'd go with LaBella, lots of gauge options. If you're patient watch for a set in the TB classifieds.
     
  18. Abner

    Abner

    Jan 2, 2011
    Mississauga
    Came to post the link to Detroit Bass flats as the cheapest flats. (Maybe not the best, but the cheapest I've seen), but that's already been done. But I concur that the Ernie Ball Group series flats maybe the best value. If you can get them for $34, I'd consider that a steal.
     
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