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    Stingray classic 5 with flats?

    I've got an awesome classic Ray 5 in Lake Tahoe blue. I also have a Sterling 5H. Both are strung with regular Slinkys. I'm thinking of stringing the Ray with flats. I have a P bass strung with chromes, and I dig the tone. Do you think I can get a similar tone, and if so, what brands of flats have a decent B string?
    2014 Sterling 5H Black w/ Maple - F28653
    2001 Sterling 4H Blue Dawn w/ Maple - F04289
    2015 Stingray 4H SLO Special Black Cherry w/ Rosewood - E96203
    2011 Classic Stingray 5H Lake Tahoe Blue


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    EB Cobalts are quite wallet friendly, so
    start there, and very likely finish there.

    I have never tried the 5-string set, but
    if I ever did buy another 5-stringer [not
    very likely] my experience with 4-string
    Cobalt flats would lead me to follow my
    own advice as offered above.

    IOW, I'd definitely risk the price of a set,
    cuz if the 'B' is as great as the 4 others
    then it's a dream outcome. And if the 'B'
    were not what I'd hoped for, I still have
    the 'EADG' set, that I already know and
    love, for use on some needy 4-string :-)

    FWIW, they are on my fretted USA SUB.
    USA SUBs, IMNSHO, are the progenitors
    of the Classic series. But mine is crackle
    finish black, so I am only guessing how
    Cobalts will sound on Lake Tahoe Blue.
    Last edited by Golem; 03-24-2018 at 02:42 PM.
    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"

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    I would defo go for EB Cobalts! I have them on my Stingray 4, Bongo 5 and my G&L L-2000. They are probably the brightest Flatwound you can buy, and they sound great on any EB Basses.

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    I've had the Cobalt flats, they might be a tad too zingy.
    2014 Sterling 5H Black w/ Maple - F28653
    2001 Sterling 4H Blue Dawn w/ Maple - F04289
    2015 Stingray 4H SLO Special Black Cherry w/ Rosewood - E96203
    2011 Classic Stingray 5H Lake Tahoe Blue


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    I run my Classic 4 with flats although are a different brand I think it gives you that classic old school 70’s Stingray tone and an authoritative thump that is unmatched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurnay View Post
    I've had the Cobalt flats, they
    might be a tad too zingy.
    You hafta break them in.
    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.

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