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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 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Long life (5)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (5)
    • Practicing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), 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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    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?

      Comment on this review

      (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.

        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.

            Comment on this review

            (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.

              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

                (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.

                    Comment on this review

                    (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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