Do flatwounds sound good with overdive or distortion?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by danielguerra, Jun 22, 2005.

  1. I am thinking to change my p bass strings for flatwounds, will distorsion sound good??
  2. psi


    Mar 11, 2005
    New Jersey
    In my experience, no. It'll probably give ya a really dull sounding distortion.
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Depends on your definition of good. If by good, you mean the modern grindy sound with a lot of trebly ring, nope. If by good, you mean a big fat sound with more bass response and less attack, then yes, it will sound good.

    Think of the difference between being stabbed to death and being bludgeoned to death. Distorted bass with rounds is being stabbed. With flats it's being bludgeoned.
  4. excellent description
  5. Mine do...Mike Dirnt P Bass with one-year-old Chromes...snarling!
  6. metalguy2


    Dec 26, 2004
    I have some knowledge about this oddly enough... A fretless with flatwounds and balls to the wall distortion sounds devastating

    The bass player from Cephalic Carnage does this.
  7. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Bravo. :cool: