Best flats for that "clank" sound of Steve Harris/Geezer Butler and so on..

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ChorusPedal88, Mar 23, 2008.


  1. ChorusPedal88

    ChorusPedal88

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    Ok after about 3 or 4 months of serious experimentation with my sound, I have come to love that dirty clanky sound of flatwounds with metal :bag:

    Theres just something about the sound that connects me with my bass emotionally and I have ALOT of fun jamming to Geezer Butler and Steve Harris basslines and the very occasional improv, weird I know.

    And I'm just really wondering what the best set of flatwounds that you can get to get pretty close to the clanky sound? Sort of a mix between Geezer and Steve

    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

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    Any flat will clank with low action, and "proper" tenique. Chromes are pretty bright and Rotos are too.
     
  3. markdavid

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    +1 , low action will get you that clank, Rotos or Chromes are probably your best bet for that type of sound and get a set in a light gauge as this will help as well. I know what you mean about flats , they have a different type of clank to rounds
     
  4. steve66

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    Steve Harris uses Rotosound. His own signature series strings.
     
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  6. bassnug47

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    TI jazz flats are very very low tension strings
     
  7. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

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    But they are much more mellow than Chromes or Rotos. The Rotos especially have an almost angry sound when new!
     
  8. Joe Gress

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    Yeah, to me the TI flats just sound old, and feel like a flopping fish.

    A maple fretboard really helps with any clank. It really adds alot of snap to the sound.
     
  9. whereeaglesdare

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    I've tried using Rotosounds a couple times but each time they wore out verrry quickly. I wouldn't recommend them. Plus I heard they chew up your frets quicker than certain other strings after a couple years. I'd highly recommend DR strings. Geezer himself uses DR Hi-Beams heavy gauge if I'm not mistaken. After trying DR strings (the hi-beams to be exact) i haven't looked back. I bought a pack of DR Lo-Riders to try and they should be arriving in the mail today, I've heard good things about those too. Not to mention DR strings last a good while.
     

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