Just a thought any ever try this

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  1. fusion man 85

    fusion man 85

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    Has anyone ever mixed flats and rounds? Like one after the other
  2. 20db pad

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    Not common but I've seen it done and know one or two guys that do. The late T-Bone Wolk of Hall and Oates and the SNL band is a notable player who strung up his P Bass this way. I think he did rounds on the E and A strings and flats on the D and G strings but I may have that mixed up.
  3. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

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    I have used a round B string with a flat wound set because I thought the flat B was too muddy. It worked well, the tone fit just fine. I have also used a flat C with a round 6 string set because I thought the C as too thin and zingy sounding compared to the other strings.
  4. soulman969

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    The main issue you have to deal with is tension so ordering a custom set made up of singles after some experimentation would be the way to go. It's not something I've given any thought to.
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  6. knuckle_head

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    That would be awesome on a double course
  7. MICKUSS

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    I've been thinking of trying this. Round E with the rest flat.
  8. Jon Moody

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    That would be pretty sweet!
  9. knuckle_head

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    The more I think about this the better it becomes in my head - low octave flat/high octave wound, or unison pairs wound/flat. Could be yummy
  10. dedpool1052

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    pretty much what i was thinking as well. most of the 8's i see usually have rounds for both for that grand piano type tone, but flats for low/rounds for high would be a pretty cool tone. strung like that and played well really could fill out the mix and take the place of a rhythm guitarist.
  11. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

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    Someone with an 8/10/12 string bass should try this and let us know how it goes.
  12. davelowell2

    davelowell2 Uhh... FaFaFooey is BaBaBooey... Supporting Member

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    Thinking of doing that. Chromes regular pitch, rounds for higher course on my Waterstone TP-8.

    I'll let you know when I do it.
  13. khutch

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    It could be useful even on a four string, I suppose, although I would string the low register one way and the high register the other rather than alternating. The more strings your bass has the more sense it would make to have different registers with different characters. In a similar fashion someone posted a video here some time ago of a bass string with two bass strings and two guitar strings. I think it was still EADG but the D and G were an octave, or two, higher than they would be on a bass. The owner could do an excellent job of playing a lead line and a bass line at the same time (of course it may have been more illusion than fact) on the one four string instrument. Pretty cool but it takes a lot of performing skill to play it and a lot of composing skill as well to make it sound like two lines at once.

    So, if Knuckle Head is excited about this idea does that mean he is going to start offering flats???
  14. Gorn Captain

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frI2OJ65GNI
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    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

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    Seems like a natural choice for those Ibanez hybrid fretless/fretted basses.
  16. Sundogue

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    Yes, I've put rounds on for my E and A strings and flats (Chromes) for my D and G strings, as the D and G Chromes are still pretty bright and I've always found the E and A strings are in need of being brighter, and the D and G of most round sets are too zingy.

    I find this arrangement balances out the tone of all the strings. Of course, I'm not much of a slap/pop kind of player, so I can understand reversing the strings the other way. I did this quite a while ago. But thanks for posting this thread as I am going to try this again on my newly converted fretless bass where I'm getting a tad bit too much mwah on the D and G plus they are too zingy as compared to the E and A (and well, the low B too as this is a 5 string).
  17. temmrich

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    I believe John Patitucci uses a half round or groundwound B with the rest roundwound on his 6ers.
  18. MICKUSS

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    Well I just ordered some strings from www.bassstringsonline.com to experiment with turning my P-bass into a BEAD tuned bass with a mix of rounds and flats.
    EAD(.095, .075, .060) will be GHS Precision flats with a Rotosound 66 ss roundwound B string (.130).
    I play instrumental post-rock and flats are perfect for 90% of the music. The roundwound B will give me the lower notes\aggressive tone for when things get heavy.
  19. Gorn Captain

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    Sound clips would be awesome if you have the means and desire.
  20. MICKUSS

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    I will definitely report back when I can to let you know how it sounds. Hopefully I can get something recorded.
    Basically I'm trying to get two different basses out of one. Wish me luck!
  21. fusion man 85

    fusion man 85

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    I just ordered strings im gonna try this on my ibanez base and epiphone guitar just see

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