New Fender P

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by slloyd0915, Dec 31, 2012.


  1. slloyd0915

    slloyd0915

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    I just ordered a new Fender P-Bass online, and I've got a question for you guys. I made sure to get a redwood fingerboard. My question is, flats or rounds?
  2. El Raro

    El Raro

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    Tort guard goes with everything.
  3. vaesto

    vaesto

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  4. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

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    You couldn't come up with something more original? :smug:
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  6. SBsoundguy

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    Poor redwood.
  7. Poopoutyouridea

    Poopoutyouridea

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    Redwood fretboard? I'm more of a palm tree guy myself.
  8. PDQbass

    PDQbass

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    Well you will need to try both types of string yourself and see which you prefer.
  9. willbassyeah

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    I prefer rounds than flats. The touch and feel you know rounds feel better to me.
  10. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Supporting Member

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    No kidding - flats on P is like holding your boner for this first time - you'll never want to let it go. It goes together like spaghetti and meatballs. Flats all the way.
  11. ljazz

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    Try both, and make your own decision. Personally, I have one P strung with flats, and another strung with rounds.
  12. slloyd0915

    slloyd0915

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    Sorry.

    Rosewood Fretboard.

    Damn autocorrect.

    I've heard P basses strung with flats on the rosewood will have a warmer sound.
  13. Pitter_Patterns

    Pitter_Patterns

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    Here's what I would do: Put an affordable set of flatwounds on the bass - like D'Addario Chromes, medium gauge - set it up properly, and then take it to a local music store. Bring a quality set of headphones, an mp3 player and an RCA to headphone jack cable (or 1/4" to headphone jack).

    First, play the bass side-by-side with another Precision that has a rosewood fretboard and is currently strung with roundwounds. Compare both sets of strings in terms of feel, clarity, tone, etc. using fingerstyle, slap/pop, and playing with a pick. Identify what you consider to be their strengths and weaknesses, and take note of any aspects of these strings that speak to you. Write these observations down, or record them in your phone.

    Second, plug your mp3 player into an amp that has an input for external audio devices. Play along with some of your favourite songs using the two basses, and again take note of which contexts you like each bass in. Record these observations, too. If your playing along with some songs bothers other people in the store, then plug in the headphones and continue experimenting.

    All the best!
  14. skidmarkbass

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    I just put TI jazz flats on a p fiver and can't put it down.
  15. backup

    backup

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    labella flatwounds!
  16. lowgroove677

    lowgroove677

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    DR sunbeams are my favorite round for a P, that's what's on mine.
  17. tdub0199

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    Personally I would go with Flats but that's just me....
  18. Wookieonbass

    Wookieonbass

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    I put some D'Addario chromes on my p5. Sounds great and really cuts through the mix. It will sound even better when the strings age a bit. The feel is silky smooth! Rounds sound really good on this too. Ultimately try both and decide for yourself which you like.
  19. rhopper

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    I play flat Chromes on both my P bass and Stingray. As stated earlier, flats seems to me to sound better as they age so you might want to play them for a while before making a final judgment.
  20. slloyd0915

    slloyd0915

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    Thanks for the input all. :)
  21. Von Fett

    Von Fett

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    I too have a P strung with Sunbeams. Big, warm sound and smooth to the touch (at least as far as roundwounds go).

    But I have been dying to try TI Jazz flats.

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