La bella 6 string flatwounds, tapping, slap, fingerstyle

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  1. olko

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  2. Bassist4Eris

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    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

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    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

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    I would use roundwounds personally
  5. olko

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    so you think flatwounds would have been wrong choice?
  6. RoeyHaviv

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    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

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    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 :)
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    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

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    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

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    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

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    well the problem would be they aren't made for 6 string bass :/
  12. SLaPiNFuNK

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    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...
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    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

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    This seems like good solution but none of my local dealers have CHromes single strings
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    Also if i would order them from outside of the country, wouldnt be 40-95 set be just too sloppy?
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    Not at all, IMO. I think you'll find them about right if you are coming from playing rounds.
  17. olko

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    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

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

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    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

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    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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