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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 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Long life (6)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (6)
    • Practicing (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Professional musician (4)

    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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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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      5.0

      None better

      By bassbubba

      from U-tah

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Play
      • Great Tone

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

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

        I don't think I'll use anything different, ever. Heavy metal guys wouldn't like these, maybe...but you could use them, just play by the bridge young thrasher YOU...the tension is low. That means, turn the gain way up and play with some touch.

        You get what you pay for, and doesn't the sound start with a string?

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        (1 of 4 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.

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Characteristics close to the double bass

          By DRG Doug

          from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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          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 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best there is!

          By twangster

          from Laurel, Mississippi

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          Ask me a question

          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!

            Comment on this review

            (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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              (2 of 2 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.

                Comment on this review

                (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

                  (2 of 2 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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                      (7 of 7 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

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