best fretless acoustic strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Albino_Ryno, Dec 5, 2001.

  1. Albino_Ryno

    Albino_Ryno Guest

    Sep 17, 2000
    Knoxville TN
    I'm not exactly a fan of most of the acoustic basses out there. In fact there really hasn't been a single one that I've played that was anywhere near loud enough with out being amplified. But anyways, I was thinking about ordering a acoustic/electric bass if nothing else but for practice and late night acoustic jam sessions. I figured I'd go ahead and get a fretless version so I could work on my fretless skills but I'm not sure which strings to use. I've been looking at alot of flatwound strings and I even saw one acoustic with tapewound strings. I was just wondering what kind of strings would give the best fretless acoustic tone without hurting the fretboard too bad.
  2. RicMeister

    RicMeister Guest

    Nov 25, 2001
    I think this was discussed on a similar thread, but oh well.......

    I've got a Zeta Crossover 4-string. This bass came with D'Addario Chrome flatwounds, but I was anxious to try LaBella's black nylon tapewound. They work extremely well on the Zeta. I've heard another Crossover that had the original D'Addario chrome flatwounds, and they sounded great also. Probably any good quality flatwound would sound well on this type of bass.

    I've got a set of Pyramid Gold flatwounds on my Rickenbacker 4003, and these are favorite strings of any. My Fender '66 P-bass has a set of LaBella "James Jamerson"s; great set of strings there also. The next set I plan to try is the Thomastik-Infeld Jazz flats.
  3. I've got Rotosound Jazz flatwounds 35-55-75-95 gauge on my defretted Hohner TWP600B.

    *blatant plug #7*
    you can hear it in the main loop of "Lack of knowledge", in the middle break of "Antithesis" and also as overdubs in "Infinite bass" on the Mock Turtle Regulator page linked below.

    the acoustic volume isn't really enough to compete with an acoustic guitar- but still loud enough to annoy the neighbours:p