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willride3
Junior
Username: willride3

Post Number: 33
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 5:43 pm:   Edit Post

I have been curious for a while about flat wound strings on my Essence. I was going to put some LaBella Deep Talkin' flats on my four string, but it would require the nut and saddles to be cut. Has anyone used the flats? I suppose I could have bought thinner flats that would fit, but those Seep Talkin' flats are the sound (well, one of them ) I hear in my head. I use them on a Fender P. Thanks
811952
Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 2048
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 5:37 am:   Edit Post

Until about two weeks ago I had cheap Fender flats (45-105 I think) on my Series bass. No nut modification necessary. They sounded great. I broke one at a gig though, and the only spare set I had with me were DM Blue Steels, so there it is.. ;)

The Fender flats were something like $17 per set, so experimentation is cheap..

John
sparechaynge
Junior
Username: sparechaynge

Post Number: 23
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Friday, October 28, 2011 - 5:49 pm:   Edit Post

I had heard that the LaBella's are really high tension, and would twist the neck, crush the nut and bridge, etc. Has anyone heard of this happening?
mike13
Intermediate Member
Username: mike13

Post Number: 108
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Friday, October 28, 2011 - 7:03 pm:   Edit Post

I tried them on my 92 Essence to compare to the Roto flats and stayed with the Roto's,they did not seem to have high tension
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 971
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 9:26 pm:   Edit Post

I found the LaBella James Jamerson set to be EXTREMELY high tension - I put them on my Telecaster Bass which has a "baseball bat sawn in half" neck and I feel like I could see how far they were pulling on the neck! I don't think that the regular LaBella flats are nearly that high-tension, but I only have them on short-scale basses so I can't say for sure.
sparechaynge
Junior
Username: sparechaynge

Post Number: 24
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Monday, October 31, 2011 - 5:19 pm:   Edit Post

The jamerson flats...are they the same as the "54 originals"? That was the set I had heard problems about and was considering trying.
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 972
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Monday, October 31, 2011 - 6:39 pm:   Edit Post

Yup - those are the them! They are much bigger than the standard gauge, so you would probably eventually have to have the nut & saddles modified. Have you tried any other flatwounds first? Might be worth experimenting.
willride3
Junior
Username: willride3

Post Number: 34
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2011 - 8:35 pm:   Edit Post

The set of LaBella Deep Talkin' Bass original 1954 model 0760M I have are 052 - 073 - 095 - 110. They are a stiff set of strings, but they are loaded with old school goodness. Great for blues and vintage soul and R&B. Usually if I sit in somewhere, they have an ability to bring out comments about the tone. I am beginning to believe that they wouldn't be a good fit for me Essence 4. Perhaps a lighter set of some kind of flats is in my future..
sparechaynge
Junior
Username: sparechaynge

Post Number: 25
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - 12:10 pm:   Edit Post

hieronymous
I currently use ernie ball 50-105 flats, but I want a set that has round cores. I prefer pure nickle strings, but nickle/flat/round core seems to be a rare combination, and stainless is almost mellow enough to be ok. I play with a pretty heavy hand, so I have been reluctant to try the Tomastik or pyramid flats because they are pretty thin.
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 974
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Thursday, November 03, 2011 - 1:45 pm:   Edit Post

Have you tried DR Legend flatwounds? I haven't but they look like they might be what you are looking for.
sparechaynge
Junior
Username: sparechaynge

Post Number: 27
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Thursday, November 03, 2011 - 4:17 pm:   Edit Post

Can't Say that I have, but I am really considering it. my choice was between the EB's and Dr's, and the EB's were on clearance so that's how that went.

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