Was told today that bass players dont use flats

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by shawshank72, Feb 21, 2014.


  1. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    Called a few small shops in the ontario area to check if anyone carried flats in case i needed a set or string in a hurry.
    After the third shop i mentioned that it seems to be $40 for a set of chromes or nothing in this area.
    He says....
    Thats because bass players dont use flats.
    Wow really?
    Could have fooled me.
  2. thumpguy123

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    it's amazing how many times you walk into a guitar store and see a whole bunch of new fretless basses that have roundwounds. all it takes is one moron to play that thing and the fretboard is gouged...ok... i would try ebay sometimes you can find a deal on strings. just my .02 cents
  3. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    I always use jason to order strings.
    Just in case of emergency and i needed a set right away.
    And was trying to find some fender 905ml's
  4. sq105

    sq105 Country Squire Supporting Member

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    I like flats ...
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  6. Oddly

    Oddly Supporting Member

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    I've just put a set of Fender flats on my Jazz.
    Got them from http://www.bassstringsonline.com/
    Even better, mention when registering that you're on TB and you get a discount !
  7. Ratbut

    Ratbut Supporting Member

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    HE SAID WHAT???!!!!!!!
    LIGHT THE TORCHES!!!!!!!!
  8. JellinWellen

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    Small local shops + strings = overpriced to the point of hilariousness.
  9. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    I'll get the pitchforks!
  10. CJAtheBassman

    CJAtheBassman

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    Bullcrap. Plenty of players still use flats. I know I would if I was in a band.
  11. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    Hahaha.... does he think guitarists use flats? I mean I talked an old guitar player into trying them once, but I never hear guitarists discuss them. Ever.
  12. sjeverett

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    Maybe what he really meant was he doesnt have enough bass players asking for them to justify keeping a large inventory.
  13. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

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  14. fjadams

    fjadams Supporting Member

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    Most small stores can't afford to keep bass strings there isn't a lot of demand for. They have to stock lots of rounds to appease all the twelve year olds who are Flea wannabes.
  15. fnordlyone

    fnordlyone Supporting Member

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    Amen! bassstringsonline.com is the only way to go. Love to buy local when I can, but… there's no comparison in selection and price. Not sure when, if ever, I'd go back to rounds. Love the flats.

    fnord!
  16. Clef_de_fa

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    the smaller the place the smaller the choice ... Like in my city flats are really rare rarer than a set for a 6 strings bass.

    So I guess few bass player in my area like flats
  17. Treadstone71

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    Hold up..."in the Ontario area"?

    Dude you're talking about a lot of area there. :)

    Where are you? There's several notable shops in Toronto that carry quality flats.
  18. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    Im down in Paris.
    I stay away from the Toronto area.
    Were about an hour and a half away, but us small towners get big city traffic jitters lol
  19. Steve

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    Go ahead and change the thread title to: I met an idiot today....
  20. nshuman

    nshuman Supporting Member

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    L&M always has flats in their Montreal store here. Chromes and Roto77s usually. They will ship stuff for free over a certain price. If you go to TO, Moog should have good deals on TI flats (59.99 for TIs is hard to beat). Other than that, yeah, bassstringsonline although, I have found better deals on some strings.
  21. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Gold Supporting Member

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    Maybe it is only a TB awareness thing, but I think there is more interest in flats today than say 10 or 15 years ago. When I joined TB a couple years back I saw all the positive threads about flats. So I gave it a try and have been very pleased. I have also converted two local bass players to go with flats. They came up to me during or after gigs and asked about my tone and told them that flats has a lot to do with it. Thank you TB cause I would not done it on my own.

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