Re: flat wound strings?

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Posted by Gary Granger on February 07, 2000 at 17:02:00:

In Reply to: Re: flat wound strings? posted by Tim Schnautz on January 21, 2000 at 18:40:07:

: : Anybody out there ever use flat wound strings on a fretted bass? Any thoughts
: : on it?

: : Just curious...

: : Josh

: I've use'd Rotosound RS55LC's or Swing bass ever since I've been playing bass. I do have a Fender Mexicalli fretless that came stock with Fender flats, and honestly, I didn't like the stock strings at all. Now, there may be a diffrence in what came on the Mex. Bass, and what you buy in the store's., I don't know. But the stock mexican strings were sorta dead, and felt like a limp noodle!. so off they came, and on went the Roto's.
: Now to protect my '59 Precision against fretwear, ( it doesn't have much, and I want to keep it that way), I installed a set of Thomastik-Infeld Jazz flats. 6 years later, they still feel and sound as fresh as the day I put them on the bass.. Now to me, there is a string!.. harmonics up the pazoo and slippery as a wet eel!... I love 'em. I never thought I would like flats till I got the Thomastiks. Now please don't take me wrong, there are alot of good quality trings out there. its just that the Roto 55lc's and the Thom J's are my choice.
: Good luck on your decision.
: Tim

Hey Tim,

I got interested in your post ‘bout Thomastik Infeld Jazz Flats. However, when I went to look them up at they didn’t have a TI string named a “Jazz Flats”. Are you sure that’s what they’re named? If so maybe that’s what they called them six years ago. Although, maybe doesn’t carry every TI string available.

I’m in the process of experimenting with strings right now in preparation for a fretless I’m having built. I’m thinking of trying a nylon tape wound string next, some of the posts have suggested Rotosound or Labella. I remember having tried one of these some 20 years ago on a Rickenbacker 4001 I had. I remember them being fairly bright sounding compared to roundwounds I switched from.

As far as nylons go though, to anybody who is reading this, skip the Fender nylons. They have to be muddiest strings I ever put on a bass. I put them on – played them – took them straight off. They were appalling.


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