Anyone use flats only or mainly?

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  1. armybass

    armybass Roscoe and Bluesman Vintage Basses Gold Supporting Member

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    And if so, on what bass and what brand? I have flats on one of my Rics and I am thinking of putting them on the other ones too. There are enough different types of flats that offer such a wider variety of tones that I could easily see myself being very satisfied with just using flats for the types of gigs I do. I have enough basses that I could keep some rounds around for an emergency ;)
  2. creis2

    creis2

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    I only own P basses, I have 5 of them. They all range from 1971-2012. While they all have different electronics and things done to them that make them all sound different, thay all have flats.

    It's all about preference, I like the way they sounds or feel. I haven't used rounds in 10+ years. Any time I play a bass at a store with rounds, it just doesn't feel right.
  3. bareass

    bareass Supporting Member

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    I've gone to flats only on my Carbon Lb70p, and on my Yamaha RBX6JM
  4. Tennesseemick

    Tennesseemick Supporting Member

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    I have chrome flats on my Jack Casady. I love the warm mellow tune for the semi-hollow body.
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  6. Silver Blues

    Silver Blues

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    Chromes on one P-copy. Want a Jazz with Precision Flats too.

    --Silvie
  7. tekdiver500ft

    tekdiver500ft I'm your Huckleberry... Supporting Member

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    I've been using flats exclusively for almost two years now. I don't keep rounds as backup as I don't break strings, and don't think that will change anytime soon (I'm using Jamersons, and they could support a bridge!)
  8. john m

    john m Supporting Member

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    I have a bass with rounds and another with flats.


    I recently put Roto 77's on one of my basses and can't wait to put on something less stiff. TI's are my favorite, but I'm not sure I want to spend the $$.

    I need a bass with flats for some gigs and round's for others.

    I find it easier to get rid of the zing of the rounds when needed.
  9. playbassistplay

    playbassistplay

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    I've got Ernie Ball group II flats on my main gigging bass and I couldn't be happier! It's a Fender Highway One Precision bass.
  10. gus1894

    gus1894 Supporting Member

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    Chromes. On my Reverend BH5, which is my primary bass at the moment.

    I am thinking about putting them on my MTD Heir 5, also - see what that sounds like. I really love the feel and the sound of them.

    A few months back I put roundwounds on the BH5 out of curiosity, that didn't last long.
  11. dalahorse

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    TI jazz flats on both of my basses. And I totally get any sound out of them I feel like! Note that I play rock and metal, and one bass is tuned down to D standard.
  12. Liam76

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    I had a MIM J with Fender flats. I never gigged with it, but I brought it to a jam once and everyone thought they were dead roundwounds. I loved the sound though, awesome thump! I ended up selling the bass but kept the strings.
  13. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

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    Same here.
    TI-flats on my fretless Jazz. (Main Bass)
    Also have a set on my 1966-P-Bass.
    Only rounds I play are on my 6-string Skjold.
  14. Rob Martinez

    Rob Martinez

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    LaBella flats on all my Hofners, my Waterstone Indra, my Danalectro Dano 63 short scale, my Kay Reissue bass, and my Rickenbacker 4000.
  15. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

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    In my experience I only like rounds on Thunderbirds... and I don't own a thunderbird currently, so it's all flats for me
  16. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

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    TI's on mine as well. All Precisions. Classic rock/blues covers and Sundays on the worship team.
  17. rtslinger

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    Flats on my Fender P all the rest have round. Usually switch out to the rounds after the first set but, I have done the entire show with just the Fender I love the sound of the flats pumping through the subs
  18. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass The Kirk Hammett of bass guitar! Supporting Member

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    Chromes on my Peavey GV.
  19. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    I go back and forth. Used Chromes for a couple years, then got a wild hair and used XL's one night a few months ago, and everyone had such a positive reaction to rounds that I switched back. Now I'm feeling like going back to flats, but I don't want to get folks in the band angry ;)

    In the end, though, it really doesn't matter. No matter what strings I use, it always sounds like me.

    Basses are a 95 P Lyte with EMG's and a modded 76 Precision with passive PJ config.
  20. cloverkeys

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    I own a single p bass and its slung with chromes.
  21. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

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    You have Rickenbackers?

    I have had La Bella 760FS, Fender 9050CL, the 40-95 set of Chromes, and Pyramid flats on my Ric at one point or another. All sounded great.

    Chromes and Fender--brighter than most. most versatile
    La Bella--fat and full. probably the richest, most traditional flat sound
    Pyramids--thumpy, especially that E string. very McCartney

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