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Offline sturdy_al

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Strings for an AB-20???
« on: December 01, 2005, 03:54:13 PM »
I've got a nice interesting fretless AB-20.
All I want is the best set of strings for it.  Any advice anyone?

Should I go flatwound as its fretless or phosphor bronze as its acoustic or what?  And how heavy a gauge should I go for?  Rotosound do some nice looking black nylon flatwounds but they're 65s!

Does anyone know if such a thing as flatwound phosphor bronze exists?
 

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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2005, 03:35:41 PM »
Wow, I have the exact same situation !
I bought my AB 20 about 20 yrs ago...never changed the strings !
Got the same ground wounds as when i bought it (rotosound).

My 72 Fender P Bass hass Fender Flats and I love em.

I heard about tape wound (black, nylon, etc.) and thought thats what I would buy, cuz I wanna change em now.  Especially since i jus got a new Traynor Mk IV Tube Head. I am psyched.... but then I hear about Labella Flats, and Some dude says they rock.

So I dont know...Flats, tape wound or what.

I dont care about volume cuz I always play through an amp.  

I am leanin towards tryin the LaBella Flats, I think they are 045 (E)

Lemme know what you do and how it works out ?

M. Moshenberg
 

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Strings for an AB-20???
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2005, 04:54:14 PM »
I'm going to buy a used AB-20 fretless, and someone in a German forum said that the ultimate strings for this bass were the D'Addario Chromes.
http://www.daddario.com/DADProducts.aspx?ID=3&CLASS=ACDA.
I will try them if I gain the AB-20 auction at ebay.

Oliver
 

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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2005, 07:28:39 PM »
Well I just got some british made rotosound flat black nylons.  They're very heavy gauge (65s) but actually work really well.  The tension is quite low, but they've improved the sound no end - no buzzing problems at all.  The volume has increased as well surprisingly, but then the old strings were completely dead.

Let me know how the other strings work for you guys, but for now I think I'll be sticking to the best of british!
 

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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2005, 10:24:45 AM »
I jus came back from Buffalo NY where I found a set of Rotosound Flats.

I bought em, installed em and I am not thrilled.  They have a kind of bright (typical rotosound) sound.  I want a more dead sound so I will keep trying different strings.  

The Rotosounds I bought are .040 -.110 if I remember correctly (the lighter of the two sets that were available).  And I chose that gague because I was afraid of bowing my neck, and I had heard stories of the bridge pulling off the the guitar.  

Having said all of that, if you like lots of tone with all kinds of overtones and harmonics these strings might be for you.  They do feel nice when played.

M. Moshenberg
 

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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2005, 12:35:05 PM »
Hi buildner,

try these: Thomastik Infeld Jazz Flat Wound

The sound is very close to an upright. Not cheap, but they may last one or two years.

I also heard about these: GHS Taperwound Black Nylon. Didn't check them yet.

Oliver
« Last Edit: December 12, 2005, 02:01:23 PM by DeepDee »