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6 string fretless flatwounds...light guage

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by richnota, Nov 1, 2005.


  1. richnota

    richnota Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    hudson valley
    Steve Lawson gets a wonderful tone from his modulus quantum 6 using what appears to be a relatively light guage set of flatwounds by a UK company called Elites. Unfortunately his set appears to be custom made for him.

    So what's a tone-fiend to do?

    Any suggestions as to who does a light guage flat set? or where I can build one from single strings?

    rich
     
  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    D'addario Half Rounds might work for you.... I found them to be a very musical, very expressive, somewhat loose string on my fretless 6.
     
  3. fretlessrock

    fretlessrock Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2002
    Corrupticut
    Thomastik Jazz Flats? JF346 is a long scale 6 string set.
     
  4. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    try Ken Smith's slick's...you can build a set too.
     
  5. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2000
    Birmingham, UK
  6. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    Gotta 2nd James Hart on the half-rounds ..... just put them onto a fretless 4 rehab I recently completed and they are significantly lighter than any flatwound I've used. Not expensive, well worth a try ....... :cool:
     
  7. +more to half rounds. You can still pull a distinct brightness out of it, but it never interferes with the smoothness of it, which is almost indistinguishable from certain flatwounds' smoothness.
     
  8. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    the thing i like about th Ken Smith slicks is that they start out life as rounds and the nare literally shaved to slickness. So you get the flat feel and tone but with much of the brightness of a round.
     
  9. richnota

    richnota Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    hudson valley
    thanks everyone....I'm looking forward to trying out a couple of different sets. I'll post results.

    rich
     
  10. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    just like all groundwounds. SIT Powerflats, D'Addario Half-Rounds, Dean Markley Ground Wounds, etc.
     
  11. +1
     
  12. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    learn something new everyday. so do groundwounds have the flatwound feel ?
     
  13. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
  14. richnota

    richnota Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    hudson valley
    Steve Lawson "signature set" Elite Flatwounds....

    Thanks Steve...emailed bass centre and they're putting together a set for me.
     
  15. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2000
    Birmingham, UK
  16. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool: TI Jazz Rounds.
    I think there B-string is 118.
    C-string is maybe 29.
    Smooth feel.
    I dig the TI-jazz Flats.
    But B-string is 136.