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La bella 6 string flatwounds, tapping, slap, fingerstyle

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by olko, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. olko

    olko

    Mar 6, 2011
    Slovakia, Kosice
  2. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2012
    Scotia NY
    IMHO, flatwound strings and slapping do not mix. (Yes, I know Larry Graham used flats with Sly Stone, but that's about all they had back then.) I'm not an expert on metal, but I would think you'd want a little more top end for that too. Flats are very dark and mellow sounding, more like blues or motown.
     
  3. olko

    olko

    Mar 6, 2011
    Slovakia, Kosice
    I play prog so its like Dream Theater, and im not sure if flats would sound good in band, i thought high end could be EQ'd but am not sure, im hoping that someone who plays this kind of music and could tell me if i shold or shouldnt get em.

    But htanks for reply :)
     
  4. CnB77

    CnB77

    Jan 7, 2011
    NJ
    I would use roundwounds personally
     
  5. olko

    olko

    Mar 6, 2011
    Slovakia, Kosice
    so you think flatwounds would have been wrong choice?
     
  6. RoeyHaviv

    RoeyHaviv

    Apr 1, 2011
    Charlotte NC
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    Endorsing Artist: Vigier guitars, Pigtronix Effects
    If you do switch to flats - the LaBella's are my favorits.
    Flatwound strings are cool, and I like the thump they have when slapped, but for metal... they would be too muddy.

    Try the "Super Steps" roundwounds, Specially if you tap.
     
  7. olko

    olko

    Mar 6, 2011
    Slovakia, Kosice
    Well im looking for strings that would sound good for long time and have reasonable price :) i like to tap but, i hate when roundwounds are worn out... so im looking for lasting strings and i heard that flats are lasting very long :) unfortunately i dont have money to try flats so thats the reason why im asking :)
     
  8. RoeyHaviv

    RoeyHaviv

    Apr 1, 2011
    Charlotte NC
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Vigier guitars, Pigtronix Effects
    That's a problem.
    "Chime" is the first thing that goes away when strings wear out.
    Flatwounds don't have much of it to begin with so not much to lose.
     
  9. Duckwater

    Duckwater

    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I occasionally use chromes in my metal band and they sound perfect, powerful and bright with a big percussive low end. They sound great being slapped too, but they are harder to play than roundwounds(less flexable) and I couldn't imagine tapping proficiently on them.
     
  10. olko

    olko

    Mar 6, 2011
    Slovakia, Kosice
    Also i would like to run them through body so super steps afaik are not good choice :) but if you could help me with string choice i would be very happy :)
     
  11. olko

    olko

    Mar 6, 2011
    Slovakia, Kosice
    well the problem would be they aren't made for 6 string bass :/
     
  12. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
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    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    You could slap / pop / tap / pick / thumb / etc etc on any type of string... But with every type of string a different technique or effort is going to need to be used.

    To get flats to speak when tapping you are going to need to use that much more pressure / effort.

    I can slap on my La Bella 1954 Original flats, but I can't do the same stuff I can do on my 40-95 round wounds... at least not as effortlessly...
     
  13. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
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    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Chromes have a single High-C available as well as single Low-B's...

    Best thing with Chromes is get the lightest gauge 4 string set and High-C and Low-B singles...
     
  14. olko

    olko

    Mar 6, 2011
    Slovakia, Kosice
    This seems like good solution but none of my local dealers have CHromes single strings
     
  15. olko

    olko

    Mar 6, 2011
    Slovakia, Kosice
    Also if i would order them from outside of the country, wouldnt be 40-95 set be just too sloppy?
     
  16. CapnSev

    CapnSev

    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    Not at all, IMO. I think you'll find them about right if you are coming from playing rounds.
     
  17. olko

    olko

    Mar 6, 2011
    Slovakia, Kosice
    SO if i would get 32, 40-95, 132 it would be good if right now i have roundwound 30 45-105 130?
     
  18. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Disclosures:
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com

    If you are planning on doing any kind of tapping / slapping with flats... the lighter the gauge the better...
     
  19. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
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    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Have you heard of Half-Round strings? They are Rounds that have been ground flat. This leaves you with a string that feels like a flat, has tone phat like a flat, but the flexibility of a round wound.
     
  20. olko

    olko

    Mar 6, 2011
    Slovakia, Kosice
    Well its like i mostly play with fingers (3) but have parts in songs that have slapping and tapping in them
     



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