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Thomastik JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings  

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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.


Order today. You'll love the sound of Thomastik-Infeld JF344 Jazz Flatwounds.

 
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ThomastikJF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings
 
4.8

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Long life (5)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (5)
    • Practicing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

    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.

    VS

    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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    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Adequate. Definitely not the best.

    By Jonas Kirov

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Decent Tone

    Cons

    • Poor Feel
    • Unremarkable Tone

    Best Uses

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

      These are decent, acceptable bass strings. I would buy them if my favorites were not available. They have a good but unremarkable sound. They are tough and durable and consistent.

      However, the feel of the nickel wraps is very sticky under your fingers, and you have a less intuitive feel of the fingerboard. I left them on one of my practice basses because I had already spent the money, but I would never perform with them.

      There are two alternatives I would recommend instead - if you want a modern, defined flatwound sound, get the La Bella Deep Talkin' tapewound strings. If you want a vintage sound with rapid decay, get the La Bella Original 1954 flatwound. They are cheaper, sound much better, and have a much, much better feel to the fingers. The nylon will also put much less wear on a fretless fingerboard.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Characteristics close to the double bass

      By DRG Doug

      from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Consistent

      Cons

      • Floppy
      • Vanilla Sounding

      Best Uses

      • Recording

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

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best there is!

      By twangster

      from Laurel, Mississippi

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

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

        Best string there is by far!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Believe the hype

        By HG

        from PA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Long Life

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

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

          Expensive but worthwhile investment for Fender basses. I had Fender-brand flats on my Precision and fretless Jazz basses and the tone was always "good enough" but these bring out the best in both basses.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Simply the Best!

          By inthebassclef

          from Virgina

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

            Simply put there is no better set of flats out there. These strings are the best strings flat, round, or anything in between that I have even used. They are even sounding along the whole string, intonation perfectly throughout, and are very easy to play. Unlike most flats these strings do not have high tension at all. They are just right and give you that really thumpy sound when you roll off the tone and are really crisp sounding when you roll the tone up. I have used these srings for years. In fact one set lasts on average 5 years. So they are costly up front but more than pay for themselves over time. In fact as they get older they sound better because they wear in and they get really full in their sound. If you are thinking about these string don't even heaitate. You wont ever find another string that comes close.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Yup

            By B

            from Vancouver wa

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts

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

              Tone for days, more sustain than rounds. These will test your guitar.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Thomastic JF344 Flatwound

              By Bassbob42

              from Littleton CO

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I put a set of these on my 2012 Fender American Standard Jazz bass, and these babies are smooth, and sing real nice. Very clean and distinct sound, and very playable. They feel nice on the fingers. I took off the stock strings and put these one and am very pleased. 4 times the performance at twice the price. You get what you pay for. Carol Kaye recommended these Signed, a round wound convert.

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Most Amazing Strings on the Market

                  By Bockscar

                  from Everywhere by Bus

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

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

                    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.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    One of the Best Flats

                    By JacoTaco

                    from Cincinnati, OH

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts

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

                      I really like the sound and feel of these Thomastic flatwounds on my Yamaha fretless. People have been telling me about them for years, and so I decided to take the plunge and buy a set. They are more expensive than I usually pay for strings but, hopefully, the price will be worth it in the long run.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      JF344 Flatwound Long Scale 4-String Jazz Bass Strings

                      By Mark Stultz

                      from Nashville, TN

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

                      Highly recommended, regardless of style, these babies do it all. I play a MIM Jazz Bass with DiMarzio hum cancelling pups into an Aguilat Tone Hammer DI
                      my bands said they sound smoother than my round wound, they are much easier to play, more slinky and have a velvet growl that I love
                      a little bit expensive, but I am taking a chance on the value and longevity of these

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