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4.0 out of 5 stars "One String To Rule Them All," well not exactly.,
This review is from: Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass StringsThe TI Jazz flats do have strong points as outlined by other reviewers. They have very dedicated users who won't use anything else. I've used TI Jazz Flats for about 7 years. My opinion is that they are pretty good but no string set is perfect for every instrument, every player or every tonal need.
Players looking for the traditional old school flatwound boom of Motown or the stainless roundwound clank of Chris Squire won't find either in this set. The tone of the TI JF344 strings is between the two and sounds a bit like groundwounds. The TI Jazz Flats are a great string for recording use because they are vanilla sounding and lack any tonal extremes.
My main complaint with the TI JF344 set is their low tension. I do not know of another standard scale bass string set of any type with lower tension than these. Low tension can be an advantage on instruments with fragile necks or with maxed out truss rods. However low tension can also be a liability when playing finger style and switching between an instrument set up with TI Jazz Flats and about any other string set. After playing another string set on one instrument you will tend to overplay the TI Jazz Flats at first. The ultra low tension makes the Jazz Flats easy to fret but beware that imprecise fingering or heavy handed fretting can also cause the string to slide or roll completely off the fretboard.
TI Jazz Flats do take some getting used to and do not respond well to aggressive finger style play. In short, they are very floppy. When playing finger style it is like plucking rubber bands compared to any other string set.
I have used this set on the same instrument for over 7 years now. In that time I've done 3 string changes on it. One instrument setup with these is enough for me. These are really good middle of the road sounding strings, but they are not perfect for every player or every tonal need. Pick players won't have as much problem adapting to them as finger style players do. The TI Jazz Flats set does not do a slap or fusion style of play well at all.
My opinion is that the better all around sounding and playing string in the Thomastik Infeld line for me is the EB344 Power Bass set.
Another drawback to the TI Jazz Flat JF344 set is that they are very expensive, perhaps prohibitively expensive to anyone but the professional or a wealthy serious amateur. They've always been expensive compared to other strings, but with the US Dollar sliding against the Euro in the past several years they have become insanely expensive costing twice what they used to cost in the USA. When I exhaust my on hand supply of new TI Jazz Flat JF344's I'm switching to another set on the one instrument I keep them on. Possibly that will be GHS Precision Flatwound 3050M's. I'm currently using two other GHS Precision Flat sets on other instruments and I like the GHS Precision Flats a lot too. Since the GHS strings are USA made they don't go up in price with every devaluation of the sagging US Dollar.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tomastik Jazz Bass Flatwound Strings,
This review is from: Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass StringsI needed to get some flat wound strings for my MusicMan Big Al bass. I had just sold the Precision which had Fender flat wound strings, the Big Al still had the Ernie Ball round wound strings that it came with, ok strings but not for me. I checked around on the web and asked friends to find out what was recommended, I thought there might be something better than the Fender flats. Thomastik came up more than anything else so I got some. The Big Al has passive and active circuit options that allows you to dial in any kind of sound. I use a David Eden World Traveler combo that will reproduce anything the instrument delivers with clean power and control. I actually tried the new strings out with a couple of the Ernie Ball round wounds still left on to compare, before putting all of them on.
The Thomastik flat wound strings have a full, singing tone that I hear in my head and want my bass to have. With the full tone one can achieve the bright tones that round wounds produce, the deep bassy tones for recording and stage and everything in between with no gaps. There is no change of tone when going from string to string and likewise with the sustain. Each string acts and plays like all the others. Since the Big Al also gets a wide variety of sounds, these strings are an excellent match. The smoothness of the strings are the best part. If you are playing for hours at a time, the Tomastiks will not fatigue your fingers or tear up the frets. Also, if you want to set the action low, these strings will not mind.
If you just cannot get the sound you want from your strings (and you have a decent quality of an instrument) I would say give these strings a try. If you like round wound sound and your bass has an active circuit, you may be able to get by with these flats, otherwise Thomastik does produce round wound sets. I expect to get years of use from a set so the higher cost will balance out over the years. The only caveat from me is the G string broke off several times when making a right angle turn in the machine head, they are kid of soft. I ended up just using a figure S around the slot to get it started. Make sure you start off with enough length and to wind it properly down from the nut.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only singing flat wounds, worth every penny,
This review is from: Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass StringsThese strings are the only flat wound that really sing and have great sustain.
They are a great crowd pleaser, with a really fat fundamental.
Note, they are not for slapping and popping.
My view is that most bands need a bass player to be a bass player, not another
lead guitar player.
I use them on an old Fender P bass.
Surprisingly, they sounded terrible on a Pedulla Thunderbass which is made for
slapping and popping.
I've also used them on Zeta upright electric basses and they sound great on them
and even bow well.
Thomastic is a string maker for all string instruments.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing!!!,
This review is from: Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass StringsThese strings are simply the best flatwounds strings you will ever play. Period!
I have them on my fretless Pedulla Rapture and I can't even think of better things to say for them. They have such versitility, full deep end with smooth mid and high range. They sound better than any roundwound string I have even used. Just as everyone else has confirmed, they last what seems to be forever. I have had them on my Pedulla for two years now and they sound exactly as they did on the first day. Simply put these strings are amazing, and well worth every penny. Keep playing and God Bless!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best strings you will ever buy.,
This review is from: Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass StringsI've had these strings in the short scale variety and now the long scale and I can say these are simply the best flat wound strings you will ever buy. I've been using my bandmate's P-Bass for over two years almost entirely because of how good it sounded. The secret to it's sound = quarter pounder pickups and (these) THOMASTIK flatwounds. If you're on this page it means you are in the market for flats... Stop browsing. Buy these strings. They will last forever and never sound bad .... this is not an exaggeration.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TI Jazz Flats,
This review is from: Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass StringsAfter installing these strings on my vintage Fender Jazz and Precision basses, I have to say that these are, by far, the best sounding flatwound bass strings that I've ever used ( and I've been playing bass professionally since 1967!) They have a smooth, buttery attack, with a full mid bass tone that have almost a roundwound clarity, with perfect string to string balance. After using roundwound strings for the last 30 years, iI have now converted back to flats and I highly recommend these strings over any other brand of flatwound bass string (i.e D'Addario, Rotosound, La Bella, Fender or GHS), and the fact that they last and retain the same tone for years more than offsets the initial higher investment. and Amazon ships them extremely fast too!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 0MG!,
This review is from: Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass StringsI just recently purchased these strings and I could not be more pleased. I installed these strings on my fretless Fender Jazz Bass. Replacing the strings on this bass with Thomastick strings was literally my last resort prior to replacing the neck altogether. The bass is an old 1973 model and the neck is frankly not as slick or comfortable as the newer models and I could never get the sound that I was looking for; no matter what I did, the tone was just not cutting it. I decided to take a chance on these strings because sometimes fixing the sound of an instrument is as simple as using different strings; this turned out to be the case. My lovely old Fender Jazz finally found its voice, and what a voice it is! I am getting all the beautiful singing tones that are associated with an upright, with the aggressiveness of an electric bass. The lows are thick and creamy, the highs sizzle and the midrange is authoritative, and the entire range of the instrument is clearly articulated. The overall playability of the instrument improved, and I no longer feel like I am fighting my own instrument. These strings were well worth the added cost and I am planning to use these strings on the rest of my basses.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best bass strings I've played,
This review is from: Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass StringsI've been playing bass for about 17 years. These are unquestionably the finest bass strings I've played, for my tastes.
If you're never played flatwound bass strings before (they aren't very common today), and are unsure about spending so much money on these, you could try starting with a set of D'Addario Chromes to get the general idea - fuller, more consistent tone than roundwound strings, less finger noise, great for recording. (Maybe not superb for slapping.) But the Thomastiks sound better than the Chromes, and feel better on the fingers than the Chromes.
I may use some other strings on occasion for specific purposes, but I expect the Thomastik flatwound strings to be my primary bass strings for as long as I can get them.
Also available in 5-string and 6-string sets.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome strings,
This review is from: Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass StringsI liked these strings so much on my Squier, that I bought another set to replace the stock strings on my Fender American Deluxe Jazz bass. The feel is so smooth, and the buttery sound gives the bass great bottom tones. I can play these strings for hours at a time. They're not cheap, but worth every penny if that deep tone is what you're looking for. Highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fretless Fender,
This review is from: Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass StringsPut these strings on a Fender Jazz Fretless I could not keep the neck straight on. Import model I refabricated with Seymore Duncan fretless pickup set with Badass 3 bridge. The lower tension of the strings has solved the neck situation and the tone is slightly brittle but can be EQed to sound sweet. The string feel is a little loose but I adapted to in no time. Yeah, they cost more but made my project play and sound awesome.
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