1. Welcome to TalkBass, the Premier Bass Player Community and Information Source. Register a 100% Free Account to post and unlock tons of features.

ALL BASS PLAYERS USE FLATS!!!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by mdogs, May 18, 2012.


  1. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Location:
    Cary, Il
    Based on the direction of the threads in this forum as of late, you would be able to draw no other conclusion than 99% of the world uses flatwounds instead of the other way around. Someone needs to inform GC that they need to redo their planogram to reflect this market shift...
     
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2009
    Location:
    Upstate, South Carolina
    I've never met anybody who uses flats.

    The post count is skewed, because those of us who play rounds are busy enjoying our bass playing, instead of spending all day on TalkBass complaining about how high tension and dead sounding our flats are :)
     
  3. Waterpilot

    Waterpilot

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2009
    Location:
    North of Seattle
    Do they make flatwound strings for a 5-string, black bass, using a Peavey amp and 210 Cerwin Vega PA sub? :D
     
  4. audiophile21

    audiophile21

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2010
    Location:
    Boston
    I don't, and will never use flatwounds. They sound too dull for me, I tried them once and its just not the same, the feel is different but I just don't like them. The only way I'll ever buy flatwounds again is the slim chance I ever buy a fretless.
     
    SanDiegoHarry likes this.
  5. Register to disable this ad
  6. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    They have their applications. Just none that I'm usually interested in. :D

    I usually keep one bass with flats or pressure wounds for something different but it only gets played around the house.
     
  7. darkstorm

    darkstorm

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    Lol, the flatwound users are a persistent and dedicated old bunch arent they. Myself will continue to do like most and use roundwounds for better sound and feel. Cant see any of the main music styles I like sounding at all good with flats for bass. Lol.
     
    SanDiegoHarry likes this.
  8. iamjustin

    iamjustin

    Joined:
    May 9, 2010
    Location:
    Rhode Island
    i feel like this will be a dumb thing that this forum does now, almost like when someone posts about only using a pick
    for example:
    thread start, "i only use roundwound ernie ball strings, but my bassist friend said roundwould sucks and good players use flats, is he right?"
    then you will get pointless yeahs and no ways, then someone will say,
    "I use flatwound strings when the song calls for it, but roundwound when the song needs poppy-ness, can't we all just get along."

    /end fake imaginary thread
     
    Brazilfunk likes this.
  9. Rob Martinez

    Rob Martinez

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2005
    Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    I used rounds for 25 years, then started using flats for 50s music, which felt weird at first. Now I prefer them, for the most part. Still, when I play my Waterstone TP 12 string bass, I use rounds on that, and my Gibson Thunderbird will always have rounds on it. Depends on the bass and the type of music I am playing.

    There is room for both rounds and flats in this crazy world.
     
  10. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Location:
    Elk River, MN.
    I do not think TB is representative of all the bass players out there.
    Even though all I use on all of my basses is flats.
    I play bass, not a piano
     
  11. paparoof

    paparoof

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2011
    Location:
    Minneapolis
    Disclosures:
    fEARful koolaid drinker
    I dig both flats and rounds.

    So there.
     
    pmad_bass likes this.
  12. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2008
    Location:
    Colorado
    ALL BASS PLAYERS USE FLATS!!!

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I don't and never will ...
     
  13. NOVAX

    NOVAX

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2009
    Location:
    Kalifornia
    I'm going to ask it: what are the best flats for metal?
     
    pmad_bass likes this.
  14. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco user & BOSE Abuser

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    Location:
    South Texas
    Last time I used "flats" was in the 1960's and they were black nylon tapewound. You could get a lot of the popular sounds for that time period but then......

    I can get a flat string's sound with a patch(1 of 64 in the Line 6), how I play, and the tone knob on the bass. I cannot get roundwound bite, snarl, growl, and musical noise out of a flatwound.

    BTW, are there any flatwounds that withstand the serious abuse a Kahler trem puts stings through?
     
  15. NOVAX

    NOVAX

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2009
    Location:
    Kalifornia
    Flats do indeed sound warm and woody on the fretless tis true, easier gliss and all-maybe not as much, how you say, Mwah?;)
     
  16. NOVAX

    NOVAX

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2009
    Location:
    Kalifornia
    Previously the wrong quote. Sorry- This one is the right one:D
     
  17. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2002
    Location:
    Reims, Champagne, France
    I'd even venture saying that the general opinion on TB isn't representative of TB members.
     
  18. Rage1331

    Rage1331

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2008
    Location:
    Airdrie, Alberta
    D'Addario Chromes.
     
  19. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2011
    http://www.rotosound.com/sh_77.php



    I prefer rounds, but every now and then I'll throw a set of chromes on one of my basses. My fretless has flats on it at all times.
     
  20. sadasar

    sadasar

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2012
    Location:
    Dallas Texas.
    Disclosures:
    endorsing artist hard luck king guitars and knuckle head strings
    When did all bad players start using flats. I mean I went to work for 12 hours today so mAybe it was during that time I dunno. I would use them on a fret less but other than that rounds are what use.
     
  21. Definitely

    Definitely Banned

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2011
    Location:
    Somewhere, but not here
    Uh...Why would anyone use anything but a 4 string J with stainless steel rounds? :bag: *flame suit engage*
     

Share This Page