Do flats and distortion mix well together?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ninthwondernj, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. do they???? because im thinking about putting flats on my new Geddy this friday
  2. fenderx55


    Jan 15, 2005
    conventional thinking dictates that flats give you more thump ipso facto more mud with distortion. However, if you play by the bridge (just like GEddy Lee!) or with a pick, it should be all cool and the gang. :D if you go to my band's website there's a song in the Audio section where i switch back and forth on my mim fretless. (disclaimer: i'm kinda new to fretless, my intonation was WAY off.)
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I personally prefer rounds for distorted tones. But Larry Graham sure sounded good with distortion on his flats on Sly and the Family Stone albums.
  4. Futurebass


    Jun 22, 2005
    I've noticed that regardless of which strings, distortion pops out more when you're using single coil pickups rather than humbuckers or active electronics in general. So it should sound good on your J.