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    If the strings are wound on a metal core, than possibly the neck is built for that kind of tension, which might allow for the possibility of using flat-wound short-scale electric bass strings, provided that you can cut and crimp something to the bridge-end of the strings without the flat over-wrap wire unraveling.

    You would not want to cut the peg-end of a flat-wound string either, because you will have problems fitting an 0.135" bass string to a PegHed. The thin part at that and of the string will be easier to fit to a tuner.

    Using the U-Bass tuners would pose a problem for getting a proper case with enough depth in the headstock area as the U-Bass tuners would stick out towards the back of the headstock almost 2.5" and likely would hit the bottom of the case and put pressure on the neck causing stress to the headstock, whereby with the right impact, could cause the headstock to snap clean off.

    I hope they come up with something that solves all these issues we have discussed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Simian View Post
    2. I'm under the impression the strings are rounds which I'm not a huge fan of especially with a piezo pickup. To my ears it's a very harsh, brittle tone. I think a flatwound string with a piezo would sound better.
    They are, but most likely silvered-copper, due to the softness of the metal. I'm actually surprised that they didn't have LaBella do a set of tapewound strings for this, since LaBella is really good at those.


    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Simian View Post
    3. I would rather it had a magnetic pickup instead of the piezo. If they're going with rounds I think those would sound better with a magnetic pickup.
    Silvered-copper isn't very friendly with magnetic pickups, which I'm guessing was a consideration. Also, it's much easier to install a piezo under the bridge than route out a spot for a larger magnetic pickup (not to mention source one that would have the range and string spread they want).


    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post
    If the strings are wound on a metal core, than possibly the neck is built for that kind of tension, which might allow for the possibility of using flat-wound short-scale electric bass strings, provided that you can cut and crimp something to the bridge-end of the strings without the flat over-wrap wire unraveling.
    They're not; the Fluke site says they're "metal wound with a synthetic core," which, without having a set to pull apart, I'm guessing is akin to the basses on a classical guitar set, except with a ball end. So I highly doubt the instrument as-is is able to hold a set of flatwound strings, due to the much higher tension over standard roundwound strings.

    Cutting flatwound strings isn't an option. Even if the flat final cover does stay put, you're still running the chance of any of the other covers (which vary, depending on gauge) or even the core wire separating. There's also the break angle of how the strings are strung through the body, which isn't conducive to flatwounds; LaBella specifically makes a set that IS okay for thru-body stringing, however.
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    I have mine now and it is fantastic. No issue whatsoever with the tuners, they work fine. The whole thing oozes quality. It is the best bass I've ever tried (there's a caveat that I am not a bassist, but I have tried pretty much everything out there)
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    I played on one for a short time this weekend, at the Sheffield, MA Uke N' Brew Festival.

    Keeping in mind that I am NOT a Bass Player (although I had one in Jr. High School,
    and have occasionally thought very hard about getting an acoustic bass guitar and
    taking lessons), I found it very nice. The strings really DO feel like a Bass.

    While the fret positions are marked, there are no actual frets. It is easy to play.
    When you engage the on-board tuner, the output jack is silenced.


    Bottom Line: Pretty Cool! But I'm not a bassist, so probably not in my future.

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    I thought lightly of a ukelele-bass until I actually played one. They seem perfect for small amp living room like concerts, as well as for home recordings with my Tascam DP 008 ex. (It has phantom power). Although it is more expensive and I did not have opportunity to play it, the magic fluke's bass looks like something special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmegaMatt View Post
    I have mine now and it is fantastic. No issue whatsoever with the tuners, they work fine. The whole thing oozes quality. It is the best bass I've ever tried (there's a caveat that I am not a bassist, but I have tried pretty much everything out there)
    I've had mine for about 6 weeks. Agree 100% much prefer the wound strings (laBella) to the Thunderguts

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