Rounds with the least amount of noise when shifting positions?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Bjazzman, Mar 9, 2014.


  1. Bjazzman

    Bjazzman

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    Are there any roundwound strings out there that significantly reduce the sound you make when sliding up to change positions?

    Are flats the only answer?

    I tried some ghs pressure wounds and while they do sound nice, they don't have that thud that my old dead rounds have
  2. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    Pressurewounds are the answer, but I also found them too bright for my taste.

    Ti jazz rounds are great. Not too much fingernoise and very warm.

    Then there's halfrounds. Daddarios, ghs brite flats, ken smith slick rounds.

    The TI's are great though.
  3. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    The only kind of rounds I've found with low enough finger-movement noise to make me happy are called "flats".

    Or you could try tapewounds - they're rounds under the tape. ;)

    Big help, eh?
  4. Bjazzman

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    The ti jazz rounds sound intriguing but they only come in lighter gauges and I'd like to stick with something in the medium ballpark. Like 45-105 or 50-105
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  6. Bjazzman

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    Oh and I didn't like the feel of ghs brite flats and I'm assuming all groundwounds feel similar
  7. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Supporting Member

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    Pressurewounds would be it. They're rollerwound (meaning the cover wire is slightly flattened in the during the winding process), and sound like a broken in set of steels off the bat, and then mellow into something a bit nicer. They're our "sleeper" at GHS, in that the people that know about them absolutely love them.

    Brite Flats - or ground/half wounds - would work too. They're ground smooth, but are a bit tacky at the beginning due to that process. It does go away with use, and the tone is nice and deep. They're a love/hate thing across the board; people either love them or hate them. I've used them a couple times for specific gigs, and they're fine.
  8. Fab Superlative

    Fab Superlative Supporting Member

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    Fodera makes wonderful strings.
  9. ZenG

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    My coated Elixirs are pretty quiet comparatively.
  10. Basshappi

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    +1
    I use these on my fretless for exactly this reason.
  11. PipeRain

    PipeRain Operator Of Pointy Basses Supporting Member

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    I have a "Single Use" bass that has Dean Markley Helix strings on it. I won't say that they are squeak-free, but they are much less squeaky than my other basses. On the recommendation of a certain Ill Behaved Monkey, I will be looking into a set of Pressure Wounds, but I have no experience with them yet.

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