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P-Bass Players - Flatwounds or Roundwounds (POLL)

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by needmoney, Oct 31, 2008.

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Flats or Rounds?

  1. Flatwounds

    413 vote(s)
    58.2%
  2. Roundwounds

    297 vote(s)
    41.8%
  1. needmoney

    needmoney

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    This poll is simply to see how many P-bass players use/prefer flats, and how many use/prefer rounds. Post your thoughts as to why if you like. Flatwounds seem to be a very popular choice for a P, but how many stick with the roundwounds?

    :)

    Note: I posted this here for a greater response, as opposed to the Strings section. Mods, feel free to move this if you wish.
  2. crack-boom

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    I only voted for roundwounds cause that's all I've ever used on my P. When finances and time allows I'll have a look at flats. :)
  3. Chinguschild

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    Rounds. Flats just dont have that rock and roll sound.
  4. PilbaraBass

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    for me it's rounds...

    i struggle to bring the brightness out of my basses as it is...

    must be my ears...:eyebrow:
  5. Fender32

    Fender32

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    I have one P with flats and one with rounds, but on the whole, I prefer rounds :smug:.

    What I particularly dislike, tonewise, are bright sounding flats :spit:. I really can't see the point to them at all :confused:. I prefer La Bella flats; big, thick, dull and bassy as they come :smug:

    YMMV
  6. LAPetrarca

    LAPetrarca

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    Only use tape wound flats on my fretless Michael Kelly Firefly ABG. Other than that, it's roundwounds on both electrics.

    :bassist:
  7. Moondance360

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    D'addario half rounds. :)
  8. Fun Size Nick

    Fun Size Nick

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    Flats is where it's at for me on the P. I dug my P with rounds on, but putting flats on it made it exactly what I was after. It's probably all that motown having an influence on me ;)
  9. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    +1
  10. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

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    I prefer rounds on the split-coil P-J in my avatar which I use as a "P" 90% of the time.

    I prefer flats on the single coil Jay Turser JTB-401 '54 P bass copy.
  11. StarscreamG1

    StarscreamG1

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    I have always used rounds whether it be a Pbass or anything else. For the tone I want, rounds is where its at for me.
  12. BullHorn

    BullHorn

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    Never tried flats. String choice where I live is not very wide.
  13. Scott in Dallas

    Scott in Dallas

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    Disclosures:
    Builder and Owner: DJ Ash Guitars
    I have two P basses with rounds, but my favorite has flats.
  14. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    You need another poll choice:
    "one of each"

    that'd be me.
  15. tmax

    tmax Supporting Member

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    I prefer really old(5-8 years) nickel round wounds. Give you the nice old school tone but if you dig in they will snap a bit, flats won't do that-only old school. TI Jazz flats are great tho if you are trying to tame a really bright bass.
  16. dave64o

    dave64o Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm another one of those wackos that likes old rounds. I always put on the set I wanted after buying a bass and then left them on there for good. The only time I changed a set of strings was to freshen up a bass before selling it.


    Getting back on topic ... I just bought my first Precision about a month ago, which the previous owner put flats on (TI's), and since I'm loving the sound I get from it I voted flats. I also use a Stingray that I have rounds on so I don't see any reason to put rounds on the Precision right now. Those two basses complement each other nicely.

    However, if I were to risk a divorce :D by buying another P bass so soon, the new one would of course get a set of rounds on it.
  17. spade2you

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    Kinda depends on the vibe you're shooting for. If you want that grindy pick tone, grab some rounds. If you want a more mellow sound, grab flats.
  18. Edword

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    Ditto.
  19. bassmodder

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    I see flats is moving up...

    P-bass with TI flats is to die for! IMO!
    That really was the sound I had in my head for quite some time before I discovered flats.
  20. Would'e?

    Would'e?

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    Anyone care to recommend a bright, long-lasting flat for metal? I'm a round player but I'm curious to try flats if there are any that would suit my needs. I know about the Rotosound Steve Harris flats and 'Arry certainly gets a good metal sound out of them with that sick hammer attack, but he also changes them for every show, so I'm not confident that they will still sparkle after a couple of months. I play 90% of the time with a pick BTW.

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