6 String Flatwound Set Recommendations? Venturing into 6-string fretless...

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by OneMoreRobot, Jan 22, 2013.


  1. OneMoreRobot

    OneMoreRobot

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    Hello all,

    I'm picking up a 6-string fretless on Saturday ($160 off Craigslist :hyper:) and the owner currently has it strung with stainless steels :eyebrow: so I would like to replace them with flat wounds. The only "affordable" set I've found on JustStrings.com is a Rotosound pack for $50.

    Does anyone have any prior experience with a 6 string set of Rotosound flat wounds or perhaps a different recommendation in that price range?

    Thanks
  2. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    Sure thing :) R.Cocco makes very good quality strings. They are about the same price like the Rotosounds, but you will like them for sure :)

    Otherwise Pyramid strings might be a option.
  3. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    There are other 6 string "sets" you can get...

    GHS and D'Addario are less than that but you will need to purchase a 5 string set and add a single High-C unless the website you are shopping put a 6 string set package together for you.
  4. OneMoreRobot

    OneMoreRobot

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    Thanks for the suggestion, but from their website it looks like R. Cocco doesn't make flatwounds. A Google search actually brought me to another TalkBass thread where these Carvin strings seemed to get a good rap: http://www.carvinguitars.com/products/FW60. I'll probably try those out.

    Also, this bass I'm getting has been modified to only allow for a string-through-body setup with a set wooden bridge. Will flatwounds last long when they're strung through the back or will they easily break at the saddle?
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  6. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    Ah sorry for that, I thought they made flatwound too :p
  7. OneMoreRobot

    OneMoreRobot

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    Cool, I checked out your website and it looks easy to make a set of D'addarios for a good price. I've tried Chromes before on a 4 string and I liked them.
  8. john m

    john m Supporting Member

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    I currently have Rotosound Flats (77s ?) on my Elrick 5, with a high C.

    My old bass, a Modulus Q6 sported TI's.

    When my Elrick needs new strings (or sooner), I plan to go back to the TI's because of the lower string tension.

    The roto's are like pressing down coat hangers.
  9. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Awesome! Yeah It is easy to add a High-C. But it sounds like you need Extra Long scale for your bass if you go Thru-Body and D'Addario's C string is only 36.5" long Ball to Silk so will need to be strung top load (If you get Super Long D'Addario those can go thru-body).

    I sent you a link for GHS 6 string sets which will work Thru-Body with the Super Long scale option.
  10. OneMoreRobot

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    TalkBass is dank, I've missed this place. I'll be going with those GHS.

    Yeah, I was really glad to find an alternative to that Rotosound set because I really don't like the brand... Thanks for the suggestions and info everyone.
  11. ReiPsaeg

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    You definitely give yourself a lot more options by buying a 4 or 5 string set and then filling it out with singles.
  12. gary m

    gary m

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    GHS flats...Carvin sells a six string set. Oh, right -- someone already said that.

    Never mind. ;)
  13. Liv3rman

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    I use Roto 77 flats on all my basses. U swear by them. Very warm, and sound great when hit hard.

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