Do all flats sound the same after years of use?
Reason i ask is that i recently went to a friends dads house who was a bass player in his past.
He hasnt been into the band thing for a long time but still has his gear.
He had 3 p basses and each one had flats that were 7 years old as he replaced them all at the same time.
For the life of me i couldnt hear any difference between the brands.
They were all thuddy and thumpy and had the same feel.
Was it just me or is this the norm?
... to answer the question in your title ... no
... for your friends pa's basses ... are you sure they were not all the same brand?? .. maybe just different gauges? ... like Labella DTF that have different colored silk on each
I used to think they did. After trying a few different sets, I don't anymore. They sound way different.
The EQ on the amp may have been set so it would make the differences hard to distinguish.
Answer #1: Well, after 7 years, many strings would tend to have similar timbral characteristics. A set of nickel rounds that is seven years old may not sound that different from a set of flats, especially if they'd been played heavily.
Answer #2: Many of those who think that flats are all dead and thumpy (even when new or near new), would likely just answer yes right off the bat.
Answer #3: No.
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