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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Jonahlane, Aug 31, 2017.
Flats have their place. Some basses seem to cry out for them. That's when I answer the call.
I have a set of Thomastick flats for my P that i'll throw on occasionally. They're interchangable with Thomastick SuperAlloy's (all i have to adjust is intonation), but for the most part, my basses get rounds.
My Jazz, however, has Thomastick flats always.
I always say I love flats, they're on my main bass. But then I hear this:
And I want some fresh steel rounds. But I hate how they feel
When I saw the title of the thread I thought Tom Cruise was going to be in here somewhere .
Nickel Rounds on everything 'cept the fretless, which has pressurewounds. I've tried to like flats, but I'll pert near sprain my fingers if I play 'em - I need some clank, and if the strings don't give it to me, I can't stop myself trying to beat it out of 'em.
If you're a working bassist, ya gotta have at least one bass lying around with flats on it. No doubt.
I have one precision that I have chromes on that when used with a certain amp sounds amazing. Everything else gets SS rounds.
Your tastes might swing back the other way after the new sound wears off a little, so I wouldn't get rid of all your SS strings quite yet.
While I absolutely love the midrange thump that p bass with the flats has, I would truly miss the growl I get from SS rounds. You might find yourself in the same circumstance in a couple months.
I go through phases
Right now it's TI flats on the Rick and rounds on the fretless
On my 5 string P bass. Send them to me and I will use them for you cuz I like you.
I’ve got my prosteels still on my Aerodyne. The band I’m in calls for both the thumpy flats and growly rounds at different times.
Gotta have one P with flats and one with rounds!
I'm grateful to have internet friends like you! They will arrive on the 32nd!
I have modern active 5 strings. Think I can use a spare set of strings to justify a passive 5er purchase?.......
I like flats cause they're smooth, and they don't chew up my callus' or my frets.
There are always those that say they can roll off highs and get the same tone with rounds. I always wonder what kind of flats they've tried or if they've ever tried any at all. That may be possible on some basses, but it's definitely not the case for many others. My experience has been that on some of my bases, flats produce tones that rounds simply can't, regardless of how the tone knob and amp EQ is set.
A suggestion for those trying flats for the first time; play in a live setting with a full band. What you think you don't like at all about flats on your bass in your bedroom may be what you love about them in a live band setting.
I don't like chromes
But I like flats ... I am currently using fender flats, can't remember the type but they have the green ends
Lights on my j
Medium on my precision
I've always put flats on everything, my basses, guitars, steels, and if I had a car it'd have flats too. but all my bass buys this year came with rounds and I can't bring myself to changing them, I dig whatever brands are on them except at least the G on my G&L L2K will get something more suitable. in fact I plan on trying a set of LaBella 760Ns (black tape) on the G&L just because Yardbirds bass man Kenny Aaronson loves them on his G&L Jazzer.
in my life as a bass player I've always found that flats are my "working" strings.
rounds (for me) are the playful strings, I use them mostly at home when I want to "millerslap" or hear the metallic sound full with overtones, harmonics and these things.
but when I play in a band, even in "rock" bands, I still prefer flats, and if I need some grit and metallic sound, here comes the overdrive
This is so true. I was doing an outdoor show last week and was having a hard time getting my mid forward p bass with SS rounds to cut the mix right. I switched to my other p with flats and it had the perfect sound I wanted. So I believe the strings made the difference there
I just can't get with flats. I've tried - honestly. But then again I don't like anything flat....
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