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 Post subject: Flat wound strings?
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:53 am 
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Location: Upstate NY
I just went to Boutique to purchase some flat wound strings, but there are none.
What's going on? They don't carry them any longer, or are they just not available? :cry:

Thanks,
Kate


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 Post subject: Re: Flat wound strings?
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:12 am 
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Sorry, but we haven't offered flat wound strings for a long time. Maybe the last time was in the 1970's?

However, the Thomastik Infeld strings are very highly recommended for RIC instruments.


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 Post subject: Re: Flat wound strings?
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:48 pm 
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Hmm, boy, I was certain Ric had flat strings.
Oh well, I'll take a look at the TIs.

Thanks, John,
Kate


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 Post subject: Re: Flat wound strings?
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:25 pm 
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Check out D'Addario strings. I'm doing great with their Nylons on my Ric.


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 Post subject: Re: Flat wound strings?
 Post Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:09 am 
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+1 on the TIs!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Flat wound strings?
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:08 am 
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I have the TI's on my c64s and to be honest, they've been on there and going strong since 2006. Not that I'm cheap, they're that good. They still feel and play pretty new. Paying 60 for them out the the gate seemed steep but it was just a one time cost and has served well going onto 7 years. My other to Fender basses and my 4003 I do use the D'addario half rounds which are great too, they seem to last pretty well. Good luck!!


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 Post subject: Re: Flat wound strings?
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 5:59 pm 
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Thanks for your suggestions.
I think I'll get a set of TIs to try.

Thanks,
Kate


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 Post subject: Re: Flat wound strings?
 Post Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:17 pm 
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Thomastik flats are great for our RIC basses. I have them on all but one of mine, I left rounds on my 4003 Midnight Blue. They last for years and get better with age. Give them a try!

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 Post subject: Re: Flat wound strings?
 Post Posted: Sun May 25, 2014 5:20 pm 
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I tried TI Jazz Flats on my 4003 for about six months. They sounded and felt amazing, but were simply too low tension for the bass' neck. I could never get the intonation quite right (even after flipping the saddle around) and the A string always had a buzz that I just couldn't seem to get rid of.

I'm now using Polyhedron Golds. They don't sound as good as the TI's but they're a slightly heavier gauge and my neck is much happier. I know a lot of folks swear by the TI's so maybe it's just my particular 4003. If TI ever made a set of jazz flats one gauge heavier I'd be all over them and never look back...


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 Post subject: Re: Flat wound strings?
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:52 am 
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I favor the Optima 4099 set for flats. Nail the Macca tone better than TIs, in my opinion, are well balanced, and have a good amount of tension for my 4001C64's neck.


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