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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.
    Musicman Classic Stingray 4H Sunburst with Maple Fretboard and Birdseye finish (2016)
    Musicman Bongo 5HH Stealth Black with Ebony Fretboard (2017)

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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"

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