Should I switch to flat wounds on my P-Bass

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  1. KCKC

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    BTW what a beautiful Bass!!! Seafoam and maple! My favorite combo!

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    I only play flats. I like the feel and tone better. That’s me.

    If I play round wounds I have to use foam under the strings at the bridge.

    I only play bass for recording and flats have saved me a lot of grief and time because I don’t get then fret buzz or annoying bright overtones. (My technique, while improving, still sucks!)
     
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    I changed over from rounds to flats on my latest T bass... there was too much finger noise...

    the flats cured that nicely.. and look kinda neat...

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    I am in love with flat wound bass strings.

    SO much easier on my fingers.
    Silky.


    :)
     
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    No man ,
    Once you go flat , you never go back....
     
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    I actually think he would possibly get more high end out of a fresh set of flats than out of his 18 year-old strings.
     
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    I thought you just tuned up...
     
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    Just put on a set of D’Addario Chromes. Sound and feel great and I’m looking forward to recording with them.
     
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    Another option, not yet mentioned, is compression wound strings.
    I have a set of Fodera s/s compression wounds on my bass. They make both s/s and nickel compression wounds.
    Other brands making c/w include Ken Smith, Rotosound, GHS, and surely others.

    Compression wounds are somewhere between round wounds and flat wounds: both with sound and feel.
     
  10. Digital Larry

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    I've gone for flats on everything now. Full scale Carvin fretless, Ibanez short scale, Earthwood acoustic. The rounds on the Ibanez were ridiculously bright, twangy and unusable when I first bought it. Also given that I don't play bass constantly, my right hand calluses deal with flats better before I get a blister. I used to use a pick with bass, hardly do that anymore either.

    But now you're making me think I might want another full scale fretted bass with rounds. I'm getting diffuse GAS recently. Not the desire for something specific. Just anything almost except a new guitar or amp.
     
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    Definitely prefer flats, I went with La Bella deep talkin' flats, smooth and easy on the fingers, and more importantly the deep thumping tone I look for in a bass. I don't think I'll ever have rounds again.
     
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    Not to hijackt the thread, but can we see-hear it?
     
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    unfortunately, no. I have a short-scale with black tape-wounds; but I have never recorded it. Also it is not fretless. I had a long-scale Vox bass which I de-fretted and fit with black tape strings; but I have no recording of that either.

    My friend down in New Orleans is right in the middle of assembling a 30" fretless Fender. He will certainly string it with flat-wounds, and he might do the black tapes. If he puts up a video soon, I will share it.

    My short description is just what I would really like to have.
     
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    Brite Flats are made by GHS, not D'addario. Despite the name, they're ground roundwounds, not flats.

    D'addario Chromes are very bright at first and it takes some playing before they settle in.
     
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    I guess it's just the phrase "breaking in" sounds so serious. I use Chromes, but it never occurred to me that they were being broken-in. I just put them on and play them, like I would do with any set of roundwound strings.

    Oh - I know what it is! I am thinking about the Chromes I use on my guitar. I have never used Chromes on a bass, so I can't really say anything about the need for break-in there. I was confusing my flat-wound threads.
     
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    I got the name wrong. I have D'Addario Half Round Series II ENR70 stainless steel strings on my bass, .095, .075, .060, .040.
     
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    IMG_2289.JPG Flats on my home brew P.
    Main application is Garage Glam Pop Folk. Two guitars and a drummer fill in plenty of space, and I am well out of their way.
     
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    Why not?)
     
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    I've never had bass strings that didn't break in over time, in both tone and feel.
     
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    I've switched to EB Slinky Cobalts and I dig them. I keep my treble rolled back anyway and find them as bright as round wounds with the treble up. Much easier on the fingers too and smoother playing.
     
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