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#1 ThePapabull

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 08:50 PM

I'm really not trying to sound stoopid (or play Devil's advocate) but would appreciate your thoughts regarding putting flats on a jazz bass.

1.Is this taboo?

2.Can it work?

3.Does it make any sense?

4. Most importantly can i get that burpy sound from the the bridge pick up using flats?

Your thoughts would be VERY welcome

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 09:01 PM

In order;
1 - No, it's a classic sound that's on many great records
2 - Yes, see 1.
3 - Again, yes
4 - Sort of. You can get a tight, punchy, middy tone that's very recognisably a jazz bridge pickup, though it stops slightly short of the full Jaco "parp". I prefer the flats version, personally.

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 09:06 PM

Wouldn't the first Jazz basses have come with flats as standard? Jazz Bass 1960, roundwounds 1966 from the quickest bit of Googling.
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Posted 17 March 2017 - 10:21 PM

It's definitely worth a try. Get a cheap set of flats like fenders own and give it a go. I used to when I was playing with a guitarist who played acoustic only, worked great.
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Posted 17 March 2017 - 10:51 PM

Louis Johnson used flats on his Musicman to start with. If that can work then flats on a Jazz will sound fine.
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Posted 18 March 2017 - 01:04 AM

Both my Jazz bases have flats on them (Chromes), I find it gets rid of the twangyness, which is a good thing from my point of view.
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Posted 18 March 2017 - 10:57 AM

Thanks all, really useful...... Going to give it a go. Not sure about string gauge but not too heavy. I tried a friends P bass strung with flats really liked the feel of them. That might sound daft but I think sometimes that kind of thing can affect how you play!

Anyway thanks for your help.....

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 12:13 PM

View PostThePapabull, on 18 March 2017 - 10:57 AM, said:

That might sound daft but I think sometimes that kind of thing can affect how you play!

Not daft at all. If you are confident in your sound then you'll be happy. A happy bass player is always a better bass player.
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Posted 18 March 2017 - 12:18 PM

Flats sound great on a jazz. Remember your amp has a treble control so you can dial back in the top end but flats will give you a different version on that back pick up burp.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 01:00 PM

Just got my first jazz bass (used). Came with flats on it so I got some bright round wounds to put on. Within a day the flats were back on it as they sounded better (and I always prefer the feel of them). For me the bridge pickup sound was better with flats.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 01:08 PM

I had chromes on mine and it sounded fantastic.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 01:10 PM

Dunlop 45 to 105 flats on my fretless Jazz. Love it. :gas:
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Posted 18 March 2017 - 01:16 PM

100% yes you can, they're great on a Jazz, personally I love the TI Jazz flats matched with a Jazz neck, to me they suit it perfectly. I wouldn't like the feel of my favourite P-bass flats on a skinny neck, horses for courses & all that. GHS Precision flats on a P with 1 3/4" nut = perfect, TI's on a Jazz = perfect.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 04:21 PM

Chromes work very well on my Jazz and have plenty of midrange growl when needed. I find rounds too clanky on a Jazz, which is already quite bright sounding.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 04:50 PM

I actually think flats sound better on a Jazz Bass.
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Posted 18 March 2017 - 10:36 PM

Joe Osborn was a Jazz/La Bella guy, I think.

I'm thinking of putting flats on an active 5 string jazz. Keen to give the Dunlops a go.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 11:43 PM

Didn't John Paul Jones string his jazz with flats? Seemed to work out alright for him. :)
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Posted 18 March 2017 - 11:55 PM

I had flats on mine and it sounded great. I put them on a Rickenbacker too. We need to stop having rules for music.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:19 AM

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:48 PM

View PostBeer of the Bass, on 17 March 2017 - 09:01 PM, said:

In order;
1 - No, it's a classic sound that's on many great records
2 - Yes, see 1.
3 - Again, yes
4 - Sort of. You can get a tight, punchy, middy tone that's very recognisably a jazz bridge pickup, though it stops slightly short of the full Jaco "parp". I prefer the flats version, personally.

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Edited by lovetheblues, 21 March 2017 - 02:49 PM.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 05:11 PM

TI Jazz Flats sound wicked on a Jazz Bass. Yes, they can affect the way you think and play but that is not a bad thing by any means.
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 10:51 PM

I haven't put flats on my passive Jazz, yet, but I have been playing my active Lakland 55-94 with flats for a little while and although it sounds pretty good, I think I prefer the "livelier" sound of a good set of rounds on an active bass.

The flats give the 55-94 the typical thump and fuller fatter sound, but the P bass does that even better. I guess that's down to it's pickup design and location.
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Posted 22 March 2017 - 11:48 AM

I thought I had posted in this thread... where has it gone?

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 11:51 AM

View Postdlloyd, on 22 March 2017 - 11:48 AM, said:

I thought I had posted in this thread... where has it gone?

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 12:01 PM

View PostConan, on 22 March 2017 - 11:51 AM, said:

Likewise! :blink:

I posted a video of Simon and Garfunkel... surely uncontroversial?

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 12:44 PM

View Postdlloyd, on 22 March 2017 - 12:01 PM, said:

I posted a video of Simon and Garfunkel... surely uncontroversial?

Dunno. . . . what were they doing to each other?
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Posted 22 March 2017 - 05:42 PM

There were two threads about the same thing starts by the same person at one stage, not sure which one this is but maybe you posted in the other one. Or if this is the other one, you posted in the first one, also known as the other other one. I think.
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Posted 23 March 2017 - 09:18 PM

Thread hijack- and really dumb question, could somebody post an image of the ti flats packaging please! I'm after some for my p but am not convinced my searching via google is pointing me in the right direction- having proper brain fade! Thank you!
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