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Ernie Ball 2816 Slinky Flatwound 5-String Bass Strings

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Ernie Ball Slinky Flatwound Bass Strings combine the smooth feel of traditional flats with the modern power of Cobalt. Featuring a SuperBright Cobalt...Click To Read More About This Product

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Flat feel, round sound.

Ernie Ball Slinky Flatwound Bass Strings combine the smooth feel of traditional flats with the modern power of Cobalt. Featuring a SuperBright Cobalt Ribbon wrap, Cobalt Underwraps and optimal core to wrap ratio, the new Flatwound Bass strings are the first flat that actually feels like a flat but sounds like a round.

FEATURES
Propietary blend of iron and cobalt attracts the magnets in your pickups more than any other alloy available
SuperBright cobalt ribon for a superior sheen and feel
Cobalt underwraps adds clairty and output
Optimal core to wrap ratio for comfortable tension and playability

Freshen up your sound with a resh pack of these Flatwound strings. Order today.

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Ernie Ball2816 Slinky Flatwound 5-String Bass Strings
 
4.4

(based on 9 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not Your Father's Flatwound

By Flacy

from Spartanburg, SC

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Pros

  • Bright
  • Consistent
  • Flexible
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • None yet

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Ernie Ball 2816 Slinky Flatwound 5-String Bass Strings:

I've seen few reviews of this string. So, as a bassist with decades of experience and having newly installed a set of Ernie Ball Slinky Cobalt Flats (product number 2816), I would like to share my impressions. I used to play flatwounds years ago but have been a roundwound player for about ten years.

First off, these are not your father's flatwounds. Now, granted, I am an old-school player, preferring finger style over most other approaches to bass playing. I have to admit I wouldn't pay to hear myself slap but these are the first flatwounds I have played in which, IMHO, a bright slap sound is easily attainable. The strings harmonics are surprisingly good too, especially for a flatwound.

I prefer Fender Jazz basses and own a few but I have been particularly frustrated with trying to get the sound I want out of a 2009 Fender American Deluxe Jazz V. This bass's active circuitry is quite strong, especially the treble and bass controls. If you look at the frequency response pattern for the new Ernie Ball Cobalt Flats you will see a bell curve with mids at the high point. This curve allows me to push the bass and treble controls, harnessing the power of this Jazz bass's 18 volt circuitry.

Mids. We all know that herein lies the frequency range that will allow a bassist to cut through the mix and be heard. The problem I have had with this lovely bass is that, with nearly every roundwound string set I have tried, and I have tried many, the mids take on almost a nasal quality. Not good. And I don't think I have the technical knowledge to explain why these new strings respond in this manner but the mids sound, to my ear, like bass mids should. I can now use the full range of the mid control on this Jazz bass. This allows me to both be heard in the mix and to hear myself better on stage, but if I want a sound sans mids, I just roll the mid control off.

The range of sounds I am getting with these strings is really nice, all the way from a Santana-like chest-thumping bass to an articulate Jaco-esque sound. For your reference, I play in a band that covers classic rock, blues, boogie, alternative, some pop and some southern rock. I play Markbass heads into Ampeg 10" bottoms.

I cannot yet say how they will sound after months but I change strings a lot anyway. I look forward to using them in the studio. So, in summary, if you have experienced similar tone challenges with one of your basses, I would recommend you give these strings a shot. Again IMHO, Ernie Ball has redefined the flatwound bass string with this new product.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A good sounding flatwound for bass.

By GregS

from Clearwater Florida

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Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

  • A Bit Sticky Feeling

Best Uses

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2816 Slinky Flatwound 5-String Bass Strings:

    I was looking for a flat-wound string that didn't compromise the high end, and this set of strings does it for me. They're a bit sticky at first, after a few gigs and some GHS fast fret they're getting more of the silky flat-wound feel. Overall sound is super, a well made string!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great strings for fretless

    By SteveD

    from Merrill WI

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    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Great Tone And Tension

    Cons

    • None yet

    Best Uses

    • Perfect For Fretless

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2816 Slinky Flatwound 5-String Bass Strings:

    I bought these for my 35" scale fretless 5 string. I've tried GHS Brite Flats, DR flats, and have used Labella tapewounds for years on this active bass. I use bright rounds on my fretted basses but stuck with flats to preserve the bubinga fingerboard.

    Looking for closer to round tone, I tried these strings. The were barely long enough for 35" scale, but fit fine.

    The tone is brighter than the other strings I've used. There is a bit less upper mid punch of the Labellas but the high end is extended, with more complexity. Tension is the same as the Labellas...which are fairly low tension, even with 35" scale. We'll see if they hold the tone.

     
    5.0

    Smooth with round wound punch and growl!

    By James

    from Texas

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    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Long Life

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Ernie Ball 2816 Slinky Flatwound 5-String Bass Strings:

      These are the perfect strings for the multi-instrument musician. I play a lot of guitar as well. These will not eat up you fingers like standard round wound bass strings. The are smooth to the touch but have that round wound punch and growl. Very cool technology. They stay in tune well and hold up to sweat. The tone stays. I have only one small issue---they are so clean they grab your fingers just a bit. You only notice it on sliding riffs. I assume that will go away in a few weeks. I love to lay down those bass lines now.

       
      2.0

      Not up to par

      By P.Phingers

      from New York

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        Cons

        • Breaks Easy
        • Poor Tone Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ernie Ball 2816 Slinky Flatwound 5-String Bass Strings:

          Disappointed in these strings. The taper on the A snapped right away and the B is just a thud..... going back to LaBella's.

           
          5.0

          Great product,service & pri

          By Jo

          from Nas

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            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts

              Comments about Ernie Ball 2816 Slinky Flatwound 5-String Bass Strings:

              Glad to see flat wounds back in style...lots easier to find than they were.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Finally!....A flatwound B string that works!!!

              By Bassdoctor

              from Peoria, IL

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              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Ernie Ball 2816 Slinky Flatwound 5-String Bass Strings:

                  I finally found a flat wound set with a great sounding B string! All others have had no tone or playability. This produces tone, vibration, punch, just like the other strings. I don't always play flats, and don't always play the five string, but from now on this is the only flat five I will use! Bravo Zulu to Ernie Ball!

                   
                  3.0

                  Not Fully Baked

                  By quiz

                  from sacramento, ca

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                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Great Feel

                  Cons

                  • Not Consistent

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Ernie Ball 2816 Slinky Flatwound 5-String Bass Strings:

                    I've tried two sets so far on my Music Man Bongo 5-string. I use them for a classic rock gig; I don't pop/slap and play fingerstyle primarily. The strings are brighter than flats but I wouldn't say they are as bright - or even in the same neighborhood - as roundwounds, as EB claims. The strings are smooth but not as smooth or slick as competing conventional flats, but they don't grab like the Ken Smiths I've used. I purchased them because the strings installed at the factory (Regular Slinky Nickel Wound #2836) are murder on my fingers, especially the B string. These flats make the bass much more fun to play. With that said, on both sets, the B string did not speak clearly and spoke at a noticeably lower volume and with less sharpness of tone than the other strings. On my amps, if I try to compensate by increasing the bass level control, the volume of the E string also goes up. So that doesn't help. Also, increasing the bass level on the bass itself raises the volume level of both the B and the E. So...I'd have to have an EQ tailored to the frequencies of the B string only to balance the strings. But then why would I want to go through all those gyrations? It would be great if EB could continue developing this product to improve the balance between strings. With that said, I don't know of a competing product that has the same qualities.

                     
                    5.0

                    Ernie Ball Cobalt Flats (2816) Make My Jazz Bass Sing

                    By Flacy

                    from Spartanburg, SC

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Not Too Taut
                    • Really Bright Flats
                    • Strong B-string

                    Cons

                    • None so far

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rehearsals

                    Comments about Ernie Ball 2816 Slinky Flatwound 5-String Bass Strings:

                    I purchased a Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V in 2009 but never could quite get the tone I was looking for. The preamp is strong but the highs sounded like they were produced on a guitar not a bass (I like bass), the bass quickly got boomy and the mid control was pretty much unusable for me because of all the mids already inherent in the strings. So, I kept trying different string sets. In every string set I tried the mids just didn't sound, well, like bass mids. I had regretted my investment in that bass until today. Today I strung it with a set of Ernie Ball Slinky Flatwound Electric Bass 5 String Cobalt Flats, product number 2816. Wow, these are the strings this bass was waiting for. For you slappers, you can get a lot of brightness and very usable harmonic overtones. The bottom is strong too, not that deeply nauseous kind of bottom, but full and you can feel it. I get a great Santana-type studio sound with this set. Probably least present in this string set are the mids but that is perfect for this particular Fender. Now I can use the full range of the mid control and pushing it up helps me really cut through the mix. Oh, and the mids have a full bass-like presence now. Love it. I like these strings so much, I just order three more sets. So, if you have a Fender Jazz like mine and you have been frustrated with your string selections, I would say give these strings a shot. They truly redefine what a flatwound should sound like. Great strings.

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