Music Man Modern Classics
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 16 to 24 of 24

Thread: Put some EB Cobalt Flats on my Cutlass last night

  1. #16
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    My Place
    Posts
    2,018
    `

    If the bridge is both thru and whatchacall "not-thru" ?
    I spoze you could just run the high string directly onto
    the bridge [not thru]. "Thru" makes more difference
    for the fatter lower strings .... more energy I guess. I
    really am just guessing.

    Perznally I just find thru strung basses to be annoying
    and tho I have some, more or less accidentally, I am
    NOT a believer. The string contacts the bridge plate
    before it heads on thru, and nothing beyond that point
    [of contact] is "alive". On a similar basis, I do believe
    in trapeze tailpieces, cuz a lightweight trapeze is like
    extending the string thru space without interruption,
    without contacting anything along the extra length.
    S.U.B. SL4 - SR4p FL [x2] - SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL

    "Too many basses is never enuf"

    Golem is NOT engaged in social networks.

  2. #17
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    U.K Shropshire.
    Posts
    1,481
    Quote Originally Posted by Golem View Post
    `

    If the bridge is both thru and whatchacall "not-thru" ?
    I spoze you could just run the high string directly onto
    the bridge [not thru]. "Thru" makes more difference
    for the fatter lower strings .... more energy I guess. I
    really am just guessing.

    Perznally I just find thru strung basses to be annoying
    and tho I have some, more or less accidentally, I am
    NOT a believer. The string contacts the bridge plate
    before it heads on thru, and nothing beyond that point
    [of contact] is "alive". On a similar basis, I do believe
    in trapeze tailpieces, cuz a lightweight trapeze is like
    extending the string thru space without interruption,
    without contacting anything along the extra length.
    Agree with you there. I really don’t see the point to through body stringing. I can imagine there is some kind of sonic benefit to it but I cannot tell the difference. The bass in question (that I acquired very much by accident is perfect for the job it does, it’s super light, twin pickups, skinny neck, perfect for 2hr+ sets with my function band) it is of a reputable brand but there is no way I would try stringing it through the top, the option is there to do so but the only thing holding the bridge to the body are three self tapping wood screws so the top loading option is very much a token gesture.
    I have no experience with trapeze bridges apart from guitar so understand the potential they offer.
    Anyways my apologies for taking this thread way off topic, the Cobalt Flats paired with said bass for me is perfect. Don’t think I’ll be putting them on either of my StingRay,s any time soon but you never know! They have definitely inspired my other bass that’s for sure !

    StingRay 4H Buttercreme 2005 L.E. ("Leighton")
    StingRay 4H Light Blue over Vintage Sunburst. 2005 ("SunBlue")
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE AMPS.

  3. #18
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    My Place
    Posts
    2,018
    `

    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    ........
    it is of a reputable brand but there is no way I would
    try stringing it through the top, the option is there to
    do so but the only thing holding the bridge to the body
    are three self tapping wood screws so the top loading
    option is very much a token gesture. ........
    I hear ya .... but mebbe you worry just a wee bit too
    much if you only need the extra length on only just
    one string out of all four ? Surely, between the three
    screws which must contribute something, plus the
    three strings that you still string "thru" ... you won't
    have the bridge come loose.

    Why not try it ? Even if I'm wrong, the bridge will
    not fly off in a disastrous manner what with those
    three "thru" strings as "safety cables". At worst it
    will get kinda loose if I'm wrong about this.


    `
    S.U.B. SL4 - SR4p FL [x2] - SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL

    "Too many basses is never enuf"

    Golem is NOT engaged in social networks.

  4. #19
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Fresno, CA USA
    Posts
    97
    I've been wanting to put some flats on the bongo. Will give these a try.

  5. #20
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    U.K Shropshire.
    Posts
    1,481
    Quote Originally Posted by Golem View Post
    `



    I hear ya .... but mebbe you worry just a wee bit too
    much if you only need the extra length on only just
    one string out of all four ? Surely, between the three
    screws which must contribute something, plus the
    three strings that you still string "thru" ... you won't
    have the bridge come loose.

    Why not try it ? Even if I'm wrong, the bridge will
    not fly off in a disastrous manner what with those
    three "thru" strings as "safety cables". At worst it
    will get kinda loose if I'm wrong about this.


    `
    Yeah I hear what you are saying and it’s definitely worth considering next string change, but for now it’s all ok. No slippage so all good.
    I used it again Tuesday at rehearsal the Cobalt Flats have given it a whole new lease of life. I have only ever had Flats once (twice even) before ever and wasn’t that impressed with them on either occasion but now the bass is a pleasure to play and for a none EBMM sounds great over a wide range of song material.
    I’m thinking of revising Cobalt Rounds again for the StingRay next, buts that’s another story!

    (That’s also one hell of an impressive collection you have got in your signature)

    StingRay 4H Buttercreme 2005 L.E. ("Leighton")
    StingRay 4H Light Blue over Vintage Sunburst. 2005 ("SunBlue")
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE AMPS.

  6. #21
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    U.K Shropshire.
    Posts
    1,481
    Quote Originally Posted by JOEinCA View Post
    I've been wanting to put some flats on the bongo. Will give these a try.
    Even if flats are not your thing you will not be disappointed with these

    StingRay 4H Buttercreme 2005 L.E. ("Leighton")
    StingRay 4H Light Blue over Vintage Sunburst. 2005 ("SunBlue")
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE AMPS.

  7. #22
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Dall-Ass, TX
    Posts
    17,842
    Quote Originally Posted by JOEinCA View Post
    I've been wanting to put some flats on the bongo. Will give these a try.
    I have five or six Bongos and all are strung with flats. I can tell you this: it's a tone you will not get any other way.

    I'm slowly replacing all my flats with the Cobalt flats, which can do a bit more in the zing department than my old faves, but even though I'm old, I'm capable of liking new things.

    Usually.

  8. #23
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    nc
    Posts
    45
    I had the Cobalts on my last Cutlass (and my Fodera). I've switched to TI's. They just sound a little bit more round/full to me. This new addition is the best one I've owned so far, and I think it looks keen as all get out.

    Put some EB Cobalt Flats on my Cutlass last night-575579b7-a635-4e25-95ad-9efdfefb84eb-jpg

  9. #24
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Alta Loma, CA
    Posts
    1,312
    in case one is partial to flats. here's a quick and dirty list

    EBMM Cobalts - big sound, perfect tension, sound closer to rounds but easier on the fingees
    EBMM Group IIs or IIIs (still out there) - more traditional flat, see Labellas, good value
    TIs - boutique flats, spendy, very low tension, super comfy, good tone
    Chromes - high tension, not for me
    Labella Deep Talkin - traditional flat, easiest route to the Motown Jamerson sound
    Labella Flexible Flats - feel like TIs for less $
    Sadowsky Blue Labels - higher output, much like the Cobalts, and perfect tension (for moi)
    Fender Flats - a good value flat
    DR Legends - much like Labellas, don't come in "light" gauge (that I recall). thumpy
    GHS Precision Flats - too thumpy, compressed, for my liking

    as always, YMMV



Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ernie Ball Prodigy Picks