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Flatwound vs. Roundwound poll

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by lowendblues, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    I've been a supporting member here for quite a while now, and I don't think I've seen a poll on who uses flatwound, who uses roundwound strings. Of course there are variances, groundwound, halfwound, ect... Maybe I've missed it, but perhaps someone with more knowledge than me can put together a poll to see what we all use? I think it would be interesting.
  2. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Flatwounds are a myth ... they do not exist ...
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  3. there is a conception here like... you are so cool, so groovy, so "bassist" if you play flats, believing flatwounds have a kind of magic mojo...

    I find them useless for almost anything...
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  4. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    :D sig worthy, duuuuude.
  5. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Ahh, I figured there had to be a poll somewhere. Thanks, sorry for the redundant post.
  6. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    TB'rs who play roundwounds exclusively disparage flatwound users with various insults, taunts, etc. (eg, they just want to be cool, etc).

    TB'rs who play flatwounds exclusively disparage roundwound users with various insults, taunt, etc. (eg, annoying slappity pop stuff and jaco wannabe comments).

    Maybe a little oversimplified, but sort of the cliff notes version.
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  7. manfish

    manfish Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2005
    Guess Im bi! I swing both ways on my basses and in the studio... It depends on the song, band, genre... Some basses suit flats, especially vintage ones and some sounds are only possible with rounds. Some players have one sound they love and feel is their voice. I love many different sounds but a few are signature. I usually have some overdrive from the amp either way. Its like pick vs fingers or tube vs ss amps. I use
  8. tried flat wounds when I was 19, thunk, thunk. took them off 2 days later, never went back
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  9. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Aaand here we go.

    Don't forget your 'I can roll off the tone to get the same sound' comments.
  10. i use both.
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  11. Rich McCoy

    Rich McCoy

    Apr 8, 2013
    When I switched to flats:

    Women became more attracted to me.
    My dog started fetching the paper.
    My neighbors fell in love with me.
    My skills improved.
    Bands did not require an audition anymore, I was good enough already.
    I got a raise at work.
    Suddenly everybody wanted to be like me.
    My bass gained 100 healing power points.
    My mother started taliking to me again.
    I started saving money.
  12. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    The well groomed bassist has a fretted with rounds, fretted with flats, fret less with rounds and fret less with flats. Someday I will get that apoxy fretless for that Jaco sound...
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  13. soulman969


    Oct 6, 2011
    It's not that simple. There are all kinds of variations of both; brighter flats, darker, flats, zingier rounds, darker rounds, half wounds, quarter wounds, ground wounds, tape wounds, pressure wounds, and tightly wounds...........oh wait a minute that last one is just me getting wound up. :p

    The whole premise of a poll is ridiculous and leads to all kinds of sophomoric comments and insults from both sides. Who gives a rip besides you what you play? Do the people at your gigs come and ask what type of string you play? They don't at mine and never did.

    Each one fits different playing styles, different types of music, studio recording, live performances and even different basses and amp rigs. Playing one or the other because it's "cool" or "not cool" is the dumbest thing I've ever heard and one side putting down the other is even dumber. A pro bassist would play both at need.

    Some guys could play hunks of steel cable and sound good and others could have strings made pure gold with unicorn hair silks and they'd still sound like crap. It's one link in the chain and not even the most important one. That link is the guy playing the strings not the strings themselves.

    Sorry to be so negative early on a Sunday morning but someone tell me just why one more thread on string preference to add to the other 1001 is all that important?
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  14. Matt_T


    Dec 18, 2013
    Springdale, AR
    And your Armor Class will improve by -2.
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  15. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    Sound wise, It really doesn't make much difference in a live situation. I EQ my rig so my bass sits nice in the mix and I can hear myself. Out in the audience it all sounds pretty similar. Most of the round wound zing fades away unless you are soloing. After 35 years of playing I have found my perfect combination which is Steve Harris Flats on a Ric 4003. I can play faster than on any other bass/string combo ever. If you hear yourself well on stage and you dig your tone than you will perform better. Sure you will lose some growl on a Ric with Flats but it's well worth it for the Beautiful tone. But....That's just one mans opinion....
  16. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
    I prefer flats because they offer the most authentic 'bass' tone. IMO.
  17. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I prefer flats cuz I prefer the feel and tone, but any functional bass with any strings (round, flat, taped, or ground) can sound great, not just good, but great, if the bass player is great.

    It's all in the fingers.
  18. I use both.
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  19. GK Growl

    GK Growl

    Dec 31, 2011
    Isn't this more of an off topic thing? :bag:

    Jokes aside, rounds and rounds only for me. I've got to have the chime and the positive grip.