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Are the flatwound strings good for rock ?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by MojoRizin, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. Thomastik

    7 vote(s)
  2. Fender 9050

    9 vote(s)
  3. D'addario

    30 vote(s)
  4. Pyramid Gold

    4 vote(s)
  5. Rotosound

    9 vote(s)
  6. La Bella

    8 vote(s)
  7. an other (pls precise)

    4 vote(s)
  1. MojoRizin


    Sep 4, 2012
    Psyche Rock, Ambiant Rock, post-punk, new wave, Heavy Metal (like black Sabbath), Hard Rock, ska (like the Specials) etc.

    U can visite my lastfm profile to know what type of music I listen :


    So, do u think that flatwound strings will be good to play the music I love ?

    If yes, what is the better brand for flatwound strings ? (poll)

    PS : I have a Squier VM Jazz Bass with that !

    thx and sorry for my bad english :D

    Edit : what gauge I should get ?
  2. Yes. But so would rounds. You've got a lot of different styles there - flats are better for some things, not as good for others.

    You might want to post this in the strings section...?
  3. MojoRizin


    Sep 4, 2012
    The flatwound are not too polyvalent for play all this differents styles ?
  4. MojoRizin


    Sep 4, 2012
    i dont like the Thomastik strings coz' of the ridiculous gauge, I like when the strings are well tight, stiff...
  5. MojoRizin


    Sep 4, 2012
    i dont like the Thomastik strings coz' of the ridiculous gauge, I like when the strings are well tight, stiff...
    The Addario are like I want ? Are they polyvalent ?
  6. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    Yes, the Chromes are a very versatile string, one of the better flats for covering different styles of music.
  7. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    The flats are a smaller gauge because they're naturally super tight.
  8. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    Over the last 36+ years of playing bass, I have played every flat there is, and always went back to rounds until the Fender 9050CL 45-60-80-105 balanced set came along. They converted me. Being stainless steel instead of just chrome alloy, they have more growl, almost a subdued Roto growl, but they can be as mellow as they need to be. They are absolutely consistent string-to-string and up the neck. They last seemingly forever and are relatively inexpensive. I use them for everything from Thursday night to Sunday morning: all genres of rock from "classic" to contemporary, jazz, praise band, etc.
  9. MojoRizin


    Sep 4, 2012

    its true that they have a "green head" ? :D
  10. BBG4SII


    Feb 27, 2009
    Chromes...I like the Custom Light Set 40-100. Well balanced, plenty of lows and much zing if needed.
  11. Malachi71


    Oct 11, 2007
    +1 One of my favorites! I've used the 50-105, 45-100, and now the 40-100 custom light set.
  12. Malachi71


    Oct 11, 2007
    Chromes are stainless steel, too and have plenty of growl. I have heard good things about the Fender's. Thanks for the input!
  13. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    Yes, the Fender flats have green silks.

    Yes, chromium is one element in the alloy of stainless steel. But so is nickel. The Fender strings are more grey, indicating more nickel in the alloy, not just chromium alloy wrap like most companies' "chrome flats." This changes the tone slightly.

    Somewhere else on the forum another forumite did a spectral analysis and found a resonance at @ 200 Hz for chromes, which is into dub territory when the new finally wears off. For the Fender steel flats the resonance was @ 600 Hz, which is growl territory, and it didn't dissipate with time.
  14. MojoRizin


    Sep 4, 2012
    Thanks everybody, i'll go for the Fender or the Chromes i think, dont stop to reply :p
  15. Malachi71


    Oct 11, 2007

    Could you check on the Fender packaging and tell me what the tension in lbs. is for each string in the 9050CL set?
  16. soulman969


    Oct 6, 2011
    Yes.....pick one!!!! :rollno:
  17. MojoRizin


    Sep 4, 2012
  18. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Really interested in this. I normally use the light Chromes but the Fender set has me intrigued.

    Only thing I hate about trying different flats is that is always seems like a waste to remove them.
  19. DieterVDW


    Sep 19, 2012
    Gent, Belgium
    Maybe we should setup an 'flats-exchange'-club ;-) .