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Standard roundwounds for a Precision?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by dalo320, Jan 16, 2014.


  1. dalo320

    dalo320 Supporting Member

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    I've got an interesting situation.

    I'm playing bass for a sampling session. We've got most sounds covered and already recorded my P bass which I keep flatwounds on.

    Now the producer wants me to put some rounds on it for a different sound. The cost of strings will be covered and I want the typical P bass with rounds sound. I'm curious if there is a standard.

    My first thought is nickel rounds such as D'addarios or Ernie Balls. I'd like to hear other opinions though.

    Thanks!
     
  2. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much Supporting Member

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    Which 'typical sound' are you after? A particular style of music? A particular bassist? Fingers, pick, slap?
     
  3. pfox14

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    Rotosound invented the round wound, so I recommend them.
     
  4. dalo320

    dalo320 Supporting Member

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    All of the above. We're tracking fingers, pick, slap, palm mute, hammer ons, etc.

    Not trying to emulate any particular bass player. I am just curious if there is a particular set of strings that will best achieve a generic Precision with Rounds sound.
     
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  6. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

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    For this application, I highly recommend Labella Deep Talkin rounds. They are stainless steel but are not brittle or harsh like some SS can be. They have a more broken in tone and feel to them, which is ideal for studio recording because you eliminate many of the bright overtones right off the bat. Also, they have been made the same way (multiple wraps over smaller core wire) since the late 60's or so. These will get you firmly into "classic Precision with rounds" territory. They are also less tense than Rotosounds but not floppy. When I think "vintage round", these are the strings that come to mind. They lack the scooped nature of some other rounds and have a strong fundamental, which is also a plus in the studio.
     
  7. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much Supporting Member

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    I'd be thinking maybe Rotosound 66 as the 'classic' roundwounds, but probably most steels would do the job.
     
  8. dalo320

    dalo320 Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions. This is really helpful.
     
  9. zon6c-f

    zon6c-f

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    I am certain that Rotosound 66 Swingbass is THE sound you are going for...whether played finger style or with pick.
     
  10. billgwx

    billgwx Supporting Member

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    GHS Boomers do it for me.
     
  11. JellinWellen

    JellinWellen

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    Rotosound swingbass 66 RS66LD. It was all I ever put on my precisions and they sounded amazing.
     
  12. Humbled

    Humbled Supporting Member

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    Me too.
     
  13. djasterix

    djasterix

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    +1
     
  14. kimokeo

    kimokeo

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    +1 for the Rotosounds.
     
  15. Dave W

    Dave W Previously bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    I really like D'Addario on my P basses.
     

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