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flat or round

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Paigon713, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. I have been using round wound strings because of an instructional video i bought on funk. Now keep in mind that my band is not funk, nor do I truly play funk style...check out my music on www.contrastband.com or www.myspace.com/contrastband ... I'd say we are more like a grunge/metal band like alice in chains meets creed meets godsmack...something along that realm. I play with my fingers, no pick...any suggestions on what type of string will get me a great tone.
  2. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    My best recommendation would be to try as many strings as possible. Don't listen to the flats-are-only-good-for-classic-rock bag, use what you like. On the other hand, don't listen to the dudes that will tell you that you need rounds for a 'modern' tone. Personally, I don't dig the rounds w/soapbar combo, but that's my opinion.
  3. OK, I'm a newish bassist but I love my new strings and I just want to gush.

    I'm playing in a metal/prog rock band, so we're not a million miles apart. I've just started stringing up with fender pure nickle rounds. The name is a bit of a lie: the first wrap is steel with a nickle outer wind.

    The first thing I noticed was that they have no finger noise, and only a little with a pick (though I notice you don't use one). More than that, I've suddenly got a lot more range in sound. With my usual setup (treble set high, pushing the mids and lows set flat) I can get whatever I want. Turning the tone up (I play an Ibanez copy of a p bass) I can get a full on steel string sound, and just below half tone I have a really mellow, 70s rock type vibe.

    Canopener is right, try as many stings as it takes to find ones you like. But if you've got £20 and you need to restring I would suggest the Fender 7130 (that's the 4 string) pure nickle wound.

    And honestly, I don't work for fender, I just love 'em.

    Good luck.
  4. lowfreq1


    Mar 26, 2006
    It's a matter of taste, of course. In my opinion nothing beats round wound stainless steel strings in clarity and growl.
    Rotosound Swing Bass 66, D'Addario Pro Steels, SIT Power Steel...

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