...what I mean is, does the heavy tension of flatwound strings put a great deal more stress and 'wear' on a neck and truss rod than roundwound strings? If I plan to use flatwound strings that are heavy tension, does it create enough stress and wear on a neck and truss rod that I should seek a neck with graphite or steel reinforcement rods? I ask this because I am a P bass player, and while Skyline Laklands seem like wonderful P basses, their necks do not have the graphite or steel reinforcement like new American Fender basses. I am worried that if I were to select a Skyline Glaub, that I would be having risk of 'wearing out' the neck with the heavy tension flatwound strings. The American Glaubs do have this reinforcement, but I cannot afford one. Is this silly? Is this something that I should not worry about? note - I first posted this thread in the strings forum this morning, but I did not get responses all day while other threads got responses. I deleted the thread now and am reposting it here on the bass forum.