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    Stingray Special with Thomastik Infeld Flats

    Has anyone done it? If so, how does it sound compared to other models?

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    Never tried flats on my StingRay yet, but I'm curious.
    I love Red Paint.

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    I tried a set of TI's on my Classic and didn't like them, but they do sound the best on my P Bass and that is where they will stay as to my ears TI's sound better on passive basses rather than active basses. If you are looking for flats why not try EB Cobalts, they sound great on a Stingray.

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    I hear lots of good things regarding Bongos and flats. (Not brave enough to try it myself)
    Stingray and flats ? Each to their own

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    Bongo 5HH. Firemist Purple. 2019
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...


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    I have flats on my SR5 Special. It's a brand new world out there, I'm telling you.

    Don't be scared. They're just strings. You put them on, they sound good, you leave them on. You put them on, you're not happy, you take them off.

    If I can do it, anyone can.

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    Lyin' Eyes by Jack Williams 166 | Free Listening on SoundCloud

    This track was my SR5 with flats. Pretty sure I put a mic on my Markbass 2-10 cabinet and compressed it a little afterwards, but this is what it sounded like.

    (For the true fanboi, that's also my James Valentine Signature guitar on everything but the lead, which I did not play but may have suggested. All other instruments were me, so blame no one else.)

    I think it's a great bass tone.

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    I started playing bass with a Fender P, and I played that bass exclusively for more than 2 years. Being a noob at the time, I dind't know anything about the classic "P with flats" combination, I just tried different strings and immediately fall in love with the sound of flats. The combination of the simplicity of the P bass and that deep thumpy tone simply WORKS, there's not much to say.
    My "problem" with flats and J basses (even more with StingRays) is that they seem to reduce their versatility, imho.
    The beauty of these basses is that they offer a wide range of tones, they work very well for slap and many other styles. Flats reduce that range, in my experience.
    Honestly, I can't see myself using flats on my StingRay, at least not at the moment. But I know how well these strings sound and I'm curious to try them.
    I love Red Paint.

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    I tried TI flats on my 2 band Stingray. I LOVED the tone, but they were too floppy and low tension for my liking. The tone was a fantastic, mid rich old school tone though. I sold that 2 bander last week (because it was the same color as my 3 bander - black), and I'm actually planning on grabbing a Stingray Classic to replace it. Since Stingray Classic has a through body stringing, it might change the feel of the strings so that they feel tauter. That was my experience with a MIA Pro Jazz that I had, I hated the body-through stringing because my favorite set of strings (Super Slinky) felt like they had more tension. However, that would be perfect for TI flats.

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    Just for information, flats and through body stringing isn't an ideal combo, usually.
    I love Red Paint.

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    I just have a regular old 3 band Ray , but had various flats on it for years . TI's were my favourite , but they require a lighter touch . I went back to rounds on it though . Slinkys . Something about the sound of fresh rounds on that bass .

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    I like all kinds of flats, it's mainly Bovinehosts fault.
    bovinehost: Yes, I do agree with that, but if there's nothing wrong then there's nothing wrong.
    Beth: I would compare Bongo to Tommy Lee Jones. Bad a$$ and just hot in a weird way...
    cheezewiz: They should take their lace thongs off and play bass.

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    My 30th Anniversary Stingray has been wearing TI flats for well over 10 years now, strung through the body. They're my favorite string and I have them on four of the six basses I own, including the Bongo and the fretless Sterling. So I'm not objective. But I'm a fan.

    1998 Sterling 4H honeyburst lined fretless
    2006 30th Anniversary Stingray
    2014 Bongo 4HSp neptune blue w/roasted maple neck
    2014 Big Al 4SSS inca silver w/full rosewood neck

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMatthewCross View Post
    Just for information, flats and through body stringing isn't an ideal combo, usually.
    Most flat wounds are absolutely fine strung though body. I'm only aware of one brand, LaBella, that warns that some of their range isn't suitable.
    Remember that the original Fender Precision was through body only, at a time when flats were the only strings available.

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    In my experience, It depends on the brand of flats.
    Some of them don't like to be twisted, and the angle damages them over time. Another reason is that some flats aren't long enough to be stringed thru body.
    I didn't have problems with Chromes, but 9050Ls can be definitely damaged with thru body stringing.
    I love Red Paint.

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    My Bongo 5 has TI flats on it. It plays and sounds fantastic. I have TI flats on many of my basses. I love them. Oh, and I have Spirocores on my upright basses. I love them too.

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