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Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings   

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Jazz Bass Strings from Thomastik-Infeld offer you extended durability and high output. A highly flexible steel core gives these bass strings a balanc...Read More

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Smooth, warm, and balanced.

Jazz Bass Strings from Thomastik-Infeld offer you extended durability and high output. A highly flexible steel core gives these bass strings a balanced feeling and special character. The overall sound characteristics can be described as very close to the double bass. Nickel flatwound with a round core. 34" scale.
Gauges: .043 - .056 - .070 - .100.


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ThomastikJF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings
 
4.8

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (16)
  • Consistent (14)
  • Long life (11)
  • Well built / quality (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (10)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Most Amazing Strings on the Market

I have been endorsed by a few different string makers throughout my career. I will be honest with you, none of them have made me feel compelled share my experience publically. I am...Read complete review

I have been endorsed by a few different string makers throughout my career. I will be honest with you, none of them have made me feel compelled share my experience publically. I am not endorsed by Thomastik-Infeld, but put them on my Fender Jazz upon recommendation from a friend and fellow session player.

Simply put, these are very high quality strings at a very steep price. However, they are worth every cent. These are far and away the most musical bass string I've ever heard (flat or round). I've used both rounds and flats over the last 15 years, most flats sound dull after they break in and most rounds produce too many overtones to let the note fundamental shine through.

TI JF344's are a perfect balance even after broken in and they allow my beloved jazz bass to sing without having it's voice altered by string dynamics.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Characteristics close to the double bass

Before you buy these strings read the description "characteristics close to the double bass" that is the most accurate description of the sound and feel of these strings, if that's what...Read complete review

Before you buy these strings read the description "characteristics close to the double bass" that is the most accurate description of the sound and feel of these strings, if that's what you want, there you go. But I don't believe the reviews are giving an accurate description. First they are very floppy the Low tension does not respond well to any aggressive finger style play, I found that I was chasing the string like a rubber band trying to pluck it and when fretting the strings they like to roll, I could easily roll the string completely off the fretboard. And the sound was that of a "double bass" very vanilla sounding no tonal extremes at all they definitely put the flat in flat wound. I guess the ultra Low tension can be an advantage I found it to be a liability. Just remember "characteristics close to the double bass" just like they a described by the manufacturer.

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5.0

Best flats I've ever used in 45 years of playing bass

By Billy Rodrigo

from Austin, TX

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings:

    I have a number of basses with different setups including flat and round wound strings.
    These TI Jazz flats are the best flats I have ever played. I use a version of these on my upright as well.
    They sound good and maintain their consistency for years, and even after they start going stale the sound is still excellent for a retro tone..(think James Jamerson or McCartney.) They are expensive by comparison to other quality flats, so I stock up whenever MF has a sale.

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    5.0

    Best flat wounds in town

    By Cyclops

    from San Diego

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings:

        Easily the best flat wounds you can buy. For those who enjoy super stiff and mellow flats, go with labella. If, however, you want to be able to get a sharper attack, you can't do better. Don't get me wrong, you absolutely can get mellow vintage tones with these strings using dynamics and finger attack, but you can also get a near round bright attack as well with dynamics. These strings will do exactly what you tell them to, which can be a good thing or bad thing, but if you've got a bit of technique, these strings will reward you with life you've never gotten out of a flat. They last for years so the price is worth it if you've found *your* bass. Only downside is they are thinner and looser than some flats out there, but if you can get beyond that, best string out there.

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        5.0

        Was skeptical but now I'm in love

        By humabass

        from nova

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings:

            Been playing for 40 years. I've used just about every round,half,ground,tape,flat wound string. Many years ago I settled on DR Hibeams then Lowriders. Never found a flat I really liked. Chromes came the closest. Tried these and will never use anything else. Obviously, string preference is VERY subjective. The reason I like them is because my playing style is light gauge strings with low action. Most all flats feel too stiff for me. These feel great to me and sound amazing. Had a live gig recording at a major venue in DC with a blues band and my 68 Jazz bass. Couldn't believe how good my bass sounded from my Tecamp heads direct out into the board. Really an eye opener. I can see how they may not suit someone with a heavy touch but that's why we have choices.

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            5.0

            Excellent tone and sustain.

            By Al

            from Chicago, IL

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings:

                These strings are well worth the money. The tone on the D and G string is excellent. Also they feel great to play.

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                5.0

                Quality+++ Price+++

                By Sam Bass

                from Ramsey, MN

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Smooth!!
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings:

                  I love this strings and couldn't have made a better choice. Good tone and very smooth. Makes absolutely no noise when sliding fingers.

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                  5.0

                  Oh what a difference!

                  By Remcomm

                  from Minneapolis, MN

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Even Tone
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                  • No cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Every Day All Situations

                  Comments about Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings:

                  I can't comment on longevity since I just put them on. I changed from DR Legends (also a good string set) to the Jazz Flats. First, I needed a quick neck relief adjustment since these are lower tension strings. For me a 1/4 turn gave it just enough. What I noticed right away is that the bottom 2 strings had more treble and life than the DR's and the top 2 had more bass. The end result is a far more balanced tonal output. I'm running an early Lightwave Classica fretless and play finger style with a light touch. For fun I tried a pick as well and was surprised at how much output these strings have. Smooth, fast and even are the best descriptors.

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                  5.0

                  unlike the rest

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                  By Rogg

                  from Corsicana,Texas

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                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings:

                    Recently bought a set for my Squier vintage modified jazz bass. Unlike any other flat these have a middy tone that cuts through and just gets better the more they wear. I bought a set 5 years ago that I had on my Fender Precision but wound up putting on my Danelectro Longhorn and have been there ever since. I like these because they make bass sound like bass you can hear fundamentaly while you play and theyre smooth with no screechyness or finger noise. If you like high tension thick strings you wont like these because theyre just the opposite. Makes for less fatigue on the hands and fingers and playin all night is a breeze. Probably not the best choice for pop and slap but actually thats easier for me with these because theyre just easier to play. They cost more but because they last so long theyre a very good value.If youre unsure about buying these my advice is find a buddy who has them on a bass and I think youll see they are unlike any other string in a good way.

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                    5.0

                    These strings are my choice on my basses

                    By lpdeluxe

                    from Nacogdoches TX

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                    Pros

                    • 4 Out Of 5 Says Good
                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings:

                    I use T-I Jazz Flats on 4 out of 5 basses: Fender Classic '51 RI, Classic '50s, AVRI '57 P, and SR5; my Godin A5 fretless wears Labella Deep Talkin' Nylon Tape wounds.

                    These strings have the sound and the feel, and the lack of wear that I'm looking for. They last forever (my oldest set goes back to '06) and they never stop sounding good.

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                    4.0

                    Finally tried these because........

                    By Music rules

                    from Working

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                    Pros

                    • Low Tension

                    Cons

                    • Expensive

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings:

                      Well I heard a lot of hype on these strings for year's but didn't want to pay the $$ on them. The only reason I decided to try them on a Bass that has a truss rod issue.

                      You see I have a newer Fender Jazz Bass Deluxe that while the truss rod works, its adjustment range is off. When I put on normal tension strings I get too much of a bow and the truss rod can't be tighten anymore. So before I was going to have it fixed I thought I would try these low tension flatwounds. YES it did work so that saved me from getting a repair on the neck.

                      The jury is still out on the tone for me yet. These strings are definitely useable. I love flatwounds for "that close to" upright Bass sound and use them on almost all of my Basses. But my favorite strings are D'Addorio Black Nylon Flats for thumping tone. Unfortunately the tension was too high for my Problematic Bass.

                      The Thomastik strings maybe the magical tone string for some people but not me, well yet. But I'm grateful they saved my Bass. I really don't think they are worth the extra money for purely tone reasons only.

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                      5.0

                      Note for note, the best choice.

                      By MrT.

                      from Austin, TX

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings:

                        If you are looking for feel, touch, and expression, these are a great choice. Tones are even and ring on the E string somewhere in-between a round and a flat string. But these have no dead-ish thud notes (as opposed to other flats that have 7-10 good notes on the length of the string). Plenty of woody thump but they are articulate.

                        No digging in or beating on these. You'll need to lighten your touch and sharpen your technique, but your style might could use some improvement. Mine did (and still does).

                        They should charge more as they are a good value. In 7 years I've broken one of these strings.

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