Jump to content
Left leaderboard
fretmeister

I have 2 Precision basses....

Recommended Posts

At the moment they both have TI flats on them.

 

Im thinking of putting different stings on one of them for a bit of variety. 

Definitely flats, but which?

 

My current gig is a big band with about 20 people. Brass, reeds, piano, drums etc.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My current faves are EB Cobalts but I think you have that area covered with the TIs. Given the big band, I'd personally try some nylon flats on the second - I think they would play to the Ps strengths in the lows and mids, with a natural warmth that should suit the band.
I'll watch out to see what direction you go in.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As there are two types of flats "Old school" and "Modern Hybrid", I suggest you use both, one on each bass. The TI's are old school - thumpy, warm, smooth. Modern hybrids (Chromes, EB Cobalts, Fender flats) have a warm, brighter tone, more articulation through the mids, which may be good in your big band, will help cut through the mix better.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ernie Ball Cobalts, my favourite flats by some margin.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would not have called TIs old school. They are not like La Bella flats.

The TIs cut through plenty, even when I’m n the same space as the trombones. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Rotos?

 

I seem to. remember they are very bright too start but then mellow out. Been a long time since I tried them though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
44 minutes ago, fretmeister said:

At the moment they both have TI flats on them.

 

Im thinking of putting different stings on one of them for a bit of variety. 

Definitely flats, but which?

 

My current gig is a big band with about 20 people. Brass, reeds, piano, drums etc.

I have 2 P's but one round one flats, covers nearly everything for me..except the Wal gets used 90% of the time :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

La Bella 760 flats, then you’ll realise you’ll want them on both basses 😄

Si

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, Sibob said:

La Bella 760 flats, then you’ll realise you’ll want them on both basses 😄

Si

That's what's been on mine for the last 5 years or so, same set :)

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm loving the La Bella white nylons on my vintage pro thunderbird. Not tried them on a precison yet as the TI jazz flats on my Precisions are only about 10 years old so have plenty of life left.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
53 minutes ago, Sibob said:

La Bella 760 flats, then you’ll realise you’ll want them on both basses 😄

Si

I am a big Duck Dunn fan....

 

mmmm..

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, fretmeister said:

I am a big Duck Dunn fan.....

Then try the Deep Talking 1954 strings.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, fretmeister said:

Way too heavy for me!

 

and him when he got older

The 760FL or 760FS are the ones!

Si

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have tried Steve Harris signature strings (they're just rotosound heavy flats I hear...) But that creates some serious tension, they're a lot clearer and rounder sounding than TI's. Personally I didn't like the TIs on my p bass but have kept them for if I get a jazz again I think I'd like them on a passive jazz. I've had fender tapewounds on the p for over a year now and they sound great. Thumpy and percussive but there's a grittyness when you open the tone and dig in, plus for rounds they're easy on the fingers. Just for variety I'm going to put on some Fender flats (45 guage) next. 

I should add my p has a badass bridge and Steve Harris signature pup which may influence things a fair bit in how I hear the strings.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, Sibob said:

La Bella 760 flats, then you’ll realise you’ll want them on both basses 😄

Si

Exactly what I did, but on all my P basses, oh and the Stingray too

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

I like Pyramid Gold, Chromes and TIs myself, wasn’t a fan of the La Bellas. Good comparison here!

 

Edited by dannybuoy
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

OK I have a few more P-type basses, only one of which is a Fender, and thinking about it they all have different strings on.

1. 1966 Fender - Fender 7150L Pure Nickel strings, they are a few years old now and mellowing nicely

2. Bacchus Woodline Classic P - D'Addario EXL170BTs

3. ACG Finn P (32" scale) - D'Addario ETB92M black tapewounds

4. Spector Euro LE4 1977 - D'Addario nickels, lighter set than on the Bacchus

I like them all for different reasons but I do stick the EXL170BTs on pretty much all my other fretted basses so I guess they are my favourites.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, fretmeister said:

La Bellas installed.

Truss Rod tweaked.

 

Rehearsal on Saturday!

Well played

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Did an hour's practice this morning with some backing tracks.

 

Definitely sounds different to the TI. Thicker sounding. Feel is also very different - the La Bellas are smoother.

 

The E string seems a bit wooly compared to the others at the moment but I seem to remember in the mists of time that after a week or so they will wear in and be very similar.

And anyway I tend to turn the Tone control down to at least 50% for this sort of music so there's no clank even on the higher strings.

 

Tension / suppleness is very different too. I am liking them.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.



×
×
  • Create New...