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Strings for Tacoma ABG Fiver

Postby Mike Childree » Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:06 am

I have an acoustic trio gig (yep, all three of us plug in...) that I was doing on upright until I had to admit to myself that my skills just weren't cutting it on lots of the material. Found a Tacoma CB105 and did my first gig with it last night...felt right at home, and it was great to be able to play what I was hearing. I think I have a string search to do, though....the bass came with a set of black tapewounds which sound pretty good, but had low acoustic volume (we rehearse unamplified). I ordered a set of DR Acoustic Bass strings, and they really helped the volume but the finger noise was tough to deal with last evening...they also ate my fingers up something fierce. Going to re-install the tapewounds for tonight's gig and see how that works out.

So....anyone have recs for strings? The guy I bought the bass from suggested maybe TI Jazz Flats, but I wonder how they'd work out on an ABG...they've done really well for me on Godin A4 basses I've had and I love 'em on electric. In the end, a good smooth, fat tone through the amp and PA is the main concern, and the acoustic volume is a lower priority. FWIW, I have the Fishman electronics in mine.
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Re: Strings for Tacoma ABG Fiver

Postby ghiadub » Sat Aug 18, 2007 10:29 am

You might want to try some of TI acousticore's on your ABG. They have a decent volume and worked well on my Rick Turner fretless when I had it. Very upright bass type of sound, but had a kind of snap that is really cool sounding.

They are a nylon string like you would use on a classical guitar. Not for mag pickups.

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Re: Strings for Tacoma ABG Fiver

Postby Mike Childree » Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:36 pm

Bump....still wondering....anyone tried TI Jazz Flats on an ABG??
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Re: Strings for Tacoma ABG Fiver

Postby harleyyy » Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:59 pm

Mike Childree wrote:Bump....still wondering....anyone tried TI Jazz Flats on an ABG??


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Re: Strings for Tacoma ABG Fiver

Postby nolabass » Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:21 pm

Ya Mike I ran them on my Washburn for a while. I liked them OK. The main thing bugged me was the low B string. Didn't like it, a little too thick and floppy. I run Acousticores for fun now but I liked the TIs. As far as volume though....can't say, I was running them AEB. Chromes might yield a louder response being the higher tension will excite the bass more....maybe....I would wind up running really old Lakland Nickles on it myself.
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Re: Strings for Tacoma ABG Fiver

Postby harleyyy » Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:33 pm

Mike I was obviously referring to a 4 string. [smilie=fun_84.gif]
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Re: Strings for Tacoma ABG Fiver

Postby Mike Childree » Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:02 pm

Thanks for the replies, fellas. If y'all were happy enough with the TI flats, then that's good enough for me to spend the cash to try 'em. The B string response is kind of irrelevant...I use the B on this Tacoma in a very limited manner (thumb rest). Physics just dictates that it doesn't get used a lot. If the TI flats work well on the other four, then I'm good.
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Re: Strings for Tacoma ABG Fiver

Postby drbassman » Sat Sep 15, 2007 4:32 am

I love TIs on my solid bodies, so tell us how they sound on your Tacoma. I have a new acoustic bass coming in and I'd like to see what you think of them too.
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Re: Strings for Tacoma ABG Fiver

Postby Golem » Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:22 am

I've got TI flats on a number of hollow bodies and one full ABG. It helps the bass to sound more 'woody'. But all these are 4-string. I agree that the B-string for TI flats is kinda dull.

TI flats handle DGCF tuning very well. If I were gonna use them on a 5-string ABG I'd skip the B-string and drop "high five" tuning from EADGC to DGCFBb. As I said, the TI flats B-string is nothing special, but my experience with ABGs tells me that no B-string is really gonna sound like much anyway. Some will just be 'less worse' than others.

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Re: Strings for Tacoma ABG Fiver

Postby kerry_okie » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:51 am

I've tried a few different sets of strings on my CB105. I tried the TI Acousticores, but couldn't stand the way they roll under your fingers when you fret them. Next up was a set of DR Bronzes, which sounded great - but the string tension was so high it would sometimes pop the retainers out. I have Elixers on it now.

I'm dealing with neck issues with my CB105. I'm pretty much out of travel on the truss rod, so it looks like I'm going to have to shim the neck. Has anyone done this with a Tacoma?

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Re: Strings for Tacoma ABG Fiver

Postby Rob Francis » Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:35 pm

Golem wrote:I've got TI flats on a number of hollow bodies and one full ABG. It helps the bass to sound more 'woody'. But all these are 4-string. I agree that the B-string for TI flats is kinda dull.

TI flats handle DGCF tuning very well. If I were gonna use them on a 5-string ABG I'd skip the B-string and drop "high five" tuning from EADGC to DGCFBb. As I said, the TI flats B-string is nothing special, but my experience with ABGs tells me that no B-string is really gonna sound like much anyway. Some will just be 'less worse' than others.


You know that's a great idea.... I might try that on an Kelley 5 string that I keep reaching for.
Unless Mike wants to off his tapewounds I haven't tried those yet.
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