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Are flats versatile?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by StrudelBass, May 14, 2005.

  1. StrudelBass


    Jul 6, 2002
    I play in a jazz band but I also play in a rock band. If I get flats for my bass, will they work out in both situations?
  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
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  3. daofktr

    daofktr irritating, yet surly

    Feb 15, 2005
    aurora, IN
    whut he said... :p
  4. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
  5. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Yep :bassist:
  6. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Yeah, but...

    Flatwound strings can work for just about any situation, but they won't do what roundwounds will do, just like roundwounds won't quite do what flats will do. They're just different. You can get a really aggressive, or really mellow sound out of either, but they're really different sounds. For instance, with a set of flats, you're not going to sound like Marcus Miller or Mark King. However, flats usually excel at a deep, thumpy sound a la Jamerson.
  7. FenderP


    May 7, 2005
    I use flats on all my basses - and one of my bands is a Rush tribute band. I can get plenty of bite.

    I would agree you're not going to be slap king, so if that's what you're going for ...