Where's all the love for dead roundwounds?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by toomanyslurpees, Jul 14, 2013.


  1. toomanyslurpees

    toomanyslurpees

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    So it seems like flatwounds are the thing these days, I tried them and I tried to like them, I mean come on!, from everything you read this should be the end all be all of bass tone... but they just aren't my thing. Nope, I'm all about the dead roundwounds! If I'm not playing a bass very often those things might be on there for years and years, if I'm playing that bass a ton, maybe after two years they'll actually be dead enough that I'll think about changing them. I'm actually kinda strategic about putting on new strings, have to give them enough time to loose that zing before a gig.

    Who's with me? Proud of their dead rounds?
  2. OOZMAN

    OOZMAN

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    Well 80% of the bass playing population use dead roundwounds, so yeah... they must sound good.


    /sarcasm
  3. Salamenster

    Salamenster

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    I actually like dead Rotos on a jazz bass.

    But I'll always love my P with flats more.
  4. Li'l D

    Li'l D

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    Amen not to mention that broken feel they have
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  6. SteveC

    SteveC

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    Not a flat fan either. My fretless has rounds, my fretted has rounds. I like them well worn but not dead. I only play a little at church so I don't change them very frequently - maybe not even yearly - but when I get the impression that my bass doesn't sound "right" I'll change them out.
  7. Plectrum72

    Plectrum72

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    broken in rounds for the win:hyper:
  8. 4001

    4001

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    I'm waiting for the best bass strings for metal, the new Rotosound Deadwound set 45-105.
  9. FourBanger

    FourBanger

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    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I'll take dead Boomers anytime.
  10. FretlessMainly

    FretlessMainly

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    I have a dead set of TI Powerbass on my current main axe, a '76 FL P-bass with an epoxied S9 neck, and I love 'em.
  11. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

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    Rather dead nickel roundwounds on my basses, goes well with blues music ... freshened up in an isopropanol bath every now and then when you can't hear what pitch it is anymore.

    Only half-joking. :)
  12. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Supporting Member

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    Nope. Sorry.

    Not only do they lose their tone & their resonance when they die, they lose their intonation as well. So they become impossible to keep in tune.

    I fail to see the value in that... :rolleyes:

    MM
  13. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

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    Tone changes alright, but I don't know that I agree on the intonation part - you may have to adjust the intonation as the strings age, but I have not experienced any problem keeping the bass intonated and in tune.

    Unless my strings are not old enough for that problem to materialize.
  14. Ian_Flash

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    I use LaBella Stainless Steel Roundwound: Deep Talkin' RW, HRS (Stainless Steel Series), Super Steps and also Fodera Diamond Steel. The newest set is 2 years old, and none of them actually sound "Dead" they just sound "Stable".
  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    Dead rounds often work well for me, although I'm mostly a dead flats player.
  16. Schlyder

    Schlyder

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    Dead.. dead.. dead.. deader than flat roadkill, baking on an Arizona highway in July.
  17. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

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    Why would you like dead rounds? Mystic Michael hit the nail on the head.

    I like Steel straight outta the box.
  18. alembicguy

    alembicguy Lone Wolf Miner Supporting Member

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    Dead rounds really??? If you want I got a bunch I can sell you at a price that's on par with this thread.
  19. mcarp555

    mcarp555

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    The last time I remember changing the rounds on my P-bass was in the early 80's. Tone: fine. Intonation: fine. I don't change 'em, I don't clean 'em.
  20. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

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    Been playing dead rounds for yhe past 16years....Awesome for everything.
  21. SolarMan

    SolarMan Supporting Member

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    Ed Friedland has one of his bass set up with dead rounds.

    They do have a place

    (and remember, not all dead rounds died a peaceful death!)

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