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ghs flatwounds on a P-Bass

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by basso_profundo, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. basso_profundo

    basso_profundo

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    Well, I put some ghs flatwounds on my Amercian Standard P-Bass yesterday. I've always played roundwounds and wanted to see what flats sounded like. Mainly I wanted to tone down "The Chunk" a bit because lately I've been playing with a lot of acoustic guitars.

    It still sounds like a P-Bass, but one from a motown recording via 1967. More thump-y and not aggressive - definitely will work for acoustic guitars. Not sure how it'd cut through a rock mix with drums, but was tweaking the mids on the amp enough to get that effect.
  2. Twocanbassman

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    I have them on my P - their true tone doesn't set in for a good month. Just wait :)
  3. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it. Supporting Member

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    They'll cut through the mix just fine. My drummer loved it when I put the GHS P Flats on my P Bass. Said it "thumped" more.
  4. basso_profundo

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    They feel really cool. Sliding up/down to notes is a change, but sounds awesome.
  5. gary m

    gary m

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    Congrats...you've just hit upon the strings that bring a P bass to life. And things just get better with time. Drop the action down low and enjoy!
  6. Grissle

    Grissle Supporting Member

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    Add a little dirt and once broken in......Bass Nirvana!
  7. Pimmsley

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    GHS P flats + SCPB = :)
  8. Road-Dog

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    Yea, wait till they have been on a year or so. Lost track of how many years I have been using them on my 72 P. I did a lot of acoustic /electric gigs, good for soft slide and quiet thump with treble backed off.
    Same bass and strings , open treble up and in rock and blues, cuts thru mix great and solid with drums.
  9. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Supporting Member

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    They don't "cut" through a mix, so much as bludgeon their way through a mix. Less sword, more club. :smug:

    MM
  10. ERicks

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    I cut almost all my bass tracks on two records a few years back with one of my P Basses with some GHS flats on them...I think they were the "precision flats." I'll see if I can find some youtube links later.
  11. Lo-E

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    Very good combination. They're a good match for P/J basses, too.
  12. fivestringgecko

    fivestringgecko Supporting Member

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    I've had GHS Precision flats on my Pbass V for a little under a year now and they're pretty great. Had Chromes on that bass for a couple years, and like the GHS better because they have a little more life in the mids. That bass kills with my 11-piece cover band (5 horns)... Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, some Steely Dan and a bunch more.

    The GHS also seem to have a little less tension than the Chromes, which is another thing I like better. Those Chromes can get pretty tiring on a 4 hour gig.

    5sg.

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