Dead sounding round wounds

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by wattsman, Jul 1, 2018.

  1. wattsman

    wattsman Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2013
    I want that dead round wound sound for my precision. Which strings should do you guys recomend that will age sooner, or that will age better.
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  2. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    which? any examples?
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  3. Assuming by "dead" you actually mean "well-broken-in", I would suggest the GHS Balanced Nickels. Being pure nickel, they come out of the package with very little zing and stay that way for a long time.
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  4. shoulderpet


    Sep 24, 2015
    Fender pure nickel, they go dead very quickly and the pure nickel means they sound deader than most dead rounds
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  5. wattsman

    wattsman Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2013
    yes well broken in almost to the point of a flat, but keeping a roundwound character.
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  6. Yup, the GHS Balanced Nickels!
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  7. five7

    five7 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2009
    I can send you some, lol.
  8. Squint

    Squint Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2017
    Louisville, KY
    GHS balanced nickels or Pressurewounds would probably get you there.

    Or you may want to check out Ernie Ball colbalt flats. Currently my string of choice. They start in the warn in rounds territory with subdued highs. No zing or finger noise.

    Chrome are similar as well.
  9. In my experience, dead D'Addario pro steels sounded way more dead than boomers with the same amount of play in time. I had some ghs balanced nickels for a while but not as long as the former mentioned since I sold the bass they were on. I would say they held a good amount of high end for the time I had them. People have a pre conceived notion of pure nickel being a metal that ends up having a dull sound. That is a mistaken group think notion in my opinion.
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  10. Who said anything about pure nickel being "dull"? Warm and mellow but still with roundwound tonal characteristics.

    The OP already indicated what he's looking for is "well broken in almost to the point of a flat, but keeping a roundwound character".
  11. roller

    roller Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    1. Take the current strings off your bass.
    2. Place them in here.
    3. Cover up with soil.
    4. Let sit until Christmas.
    5. Dig up, hose off and re-string.

    VOILA!!! :smug:

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  12. 4001

    4001 Inactive

    Sep 29, 2004
    Lake County, IL
    GHS Bass Boomers
  13. JustJoe


    May 10, 2008
    Pasadena, CA
    Have you thought about D’addario half-rounds or similar strings made by someone else? IME they sound much like dead round wounds pretty quickly.
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  14. I started using GHS Pressurewounds recently, and it gives me all the qualities you're looking for. Also, GHS Brite Flats are quite similar, but somewhere between a flat and Pressurewound. I use those on my Jazz Bass.
  15. Glad I'm not alone in my preference for this sound.
    The best thing I've found so far is GHS pressure wounds combined with just a little bit of foam under the strings. Not enough for the Motown sound, but just enough to tame the brightness and emphasize the fundamental.
  16. willbassyeah


    Oct 9, 2011
    why not go the other way round? go for a stainless steel flatwound. Unless you talking about feel of the string. I am at the same boat as you in the sense i prefer dead roundwound. I have been happy about my current setup with my GHS Stainless Steel Flatwound.
  17. tjh


    Mar 22, 2006
    Years ago I used Fender nickel rounds, very old and dead … almost to the point that intonation was affected … switched to stainless flats, and never looked back …

    I have all kinds of rounds that I have taken off of basses that came to me over the last 20 years … I will never use them, gave a few away to kids during lessons, but no longer teach so anyone that wants them, just cover the shipping … I cannot tell you what brands on most though
  18. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Have you tried the new Ra'Bella DeadWounds?:D

    Sorry. I'm an idiot.:)
  19. If you don't mind spending the money, try out the Thomastic flats. They sound great from new and just keep getting better with time. I wouldn't classify them as a dead string though, as many people tend to classify flat wounds.
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  20. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    The only dead rounds I have ever liked in my life are Dunlop Super Bright Nickels. To me, they are about as close to an idea I've hoped someone would make for years...roundwounds that sound like flats, or "flounds." They don't sound identical to flats, but if you play with a lighter touch, they do a credible imitation and they sound very dark and fat, plus they still have a good amount of roundwound zing when you need it.