Advice for Fretless Strings, please

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by doogels, Sep 25, 2002.

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  1. doogels


    Jan 15, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    I want to try new strings on my fretless Fender Jazz and am interested to see what strings y'all prefer. Currently I'm using tape-wound flats, and frankly, they sound like a toy. Typically, I like deep, rich, sustained tones that can still play brightly if needed, and can sound similar to an upright. I want there to be a difference between my fretted and fretless bass.

    So, what types of strings are best for fretless basses?
  2. it's very hard to get a upright/ bright sound.

    for an "upright" sound i'd try flats, or TI flats, lots of boom and not too bright.

    For a "bright" sound i'd try using d'addario 1/2 rounds, these are great and i use them on my stingray5 fretless, very bright when i want them to be, but still have that flatwound "feel" and leav almost no wear on your board.

    hope this helps,

  3. TIs are substantially brighter than other flats.
  4. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    this question has been asked many times, please do a search and you will find the answers you seek.

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