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Flatwounds For Thumb 5

Discussion in 'Bass Strings' started by FretlessThumb, Oct 21, 2020.

  1. FretlessThumb

    FretlessThumb

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    I’ve got a busted machine head on my fretless Thumb BO 5 string, so it feels like a good time for my centennial string replacement.

    I can’t figure out what strings I need. Flats, tapered to fit into the bridge properly, 5 string. I can’t seem to see anything that matches the criteria. Any ideas?

    Thanks!
     
  2. DiMarco

    DiMarco nutcase Good Vibe Sponsor

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    From what year is the bass? Mid nineties bridges are wack and need tapered strings.
     
  3. Gnermo

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    Are you replacing it with a regular Warwick machine head?
    I've found that some (especially a B-string) companies recommend a larger tuner for flatwounds.

    About the strings:

    I've always found Thomastik Infeld the best, but also the most expensive. Didn't like the Fender strings, and D'addario Chromes are very 'normal' to me.
     
  4. BrusselsBass

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    I have Fender 9050 (only 4-sets) on most Wicks, and d'addario 81 (70€ for 5 set) on my 5FL Mayones, had them as 4 on my FL Corvette. Both sound good, after 1 year they lose the higher frequencies. No need for tapered. Thomastik are 77€ at big T, don't know them.
     
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  5. FretlessThumb

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    Thanks everyone!

    What would be standard gauge?
     
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