Flatwounds for my bass

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by PoorePlaysBass, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. Wanting to get some input on which Flats would work best with my bass. I've been playing Blue Steels for a while, but I'm wanting to mix it up. I have a 2000 or 2001 Standard Mexican Fender P with Seymour Duncan quarter pounders. I thought GHS Precision flats looked nice, but my bass mentor recommended Fender 9050s. What do you think? Thanks in advance for any input!
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    You should try a few different sets till you find something you like. Lots of people love Daddario chromes. They're on the brighter side of the flatwound spectrum. Labella flats are another great choice. They're more mellow and thumpy than chromes. More expensive but my preference for flats.
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  3. I recently changed from rounds to the Daddario Chromes and really like them.
  4. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    The Fender 9050CL set switched me to flats a couple of years ago after being a rounds player for over 35 years up until then: balanced, consistent, both string-to-string and up the neck, can growl or mellow as need be, inexpensive, lasts forever. Even if you eventually go all the way to the thud of Chromes or LaBellas, the Fender are a good transition set from your steel rounds. You might even like them and stick with them, as I have.
  5. spindoc


    Sep 4, 2011
    +1 on the Fender 9050CL's. Also Sadowsky Black Label flats sound great on my P.
  6. Im looking to switch to flats too. I play the stock rounds on my MII Sqiuer Jazz bass. I want a mellower sound with a bit more growl. My band plays heavy but melodic. I finger mostly but pull and slap some. I was wondering how much difference there is between 105s and 110s on the E.
  7. MartyMarq


    Apr 23, 2011
    I like D'Addario Chrome Flat mediums.
  8. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    La Bella 760FL if you want "the" flat sound.

    The Fender 9050CL set is also fine, and more versatile.

    The long scale Pyramid flats are great, too, if you want thump and a luxurious feel.
  9. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Not to denigrate the well-meaning folks who have chimed in so far, but there is no way we can give you an adequate answer without at least some information as to the tone you are going for and/or the style of music you would like to play.
  10. danielfnj96


    Jan 29, 2012
    NJ, USA
    My experience with flats has been:

    Rotosound- The brightest by far but they can sound a bit thin and lack mids. They are very stiff also so a set of .40s will feel like a set of .45 rounds IMO.

    D'addario Chromes- A nice middle ground but IMO they lack character sort of like a generic flat wound sound. Tension felt pretty moderate to me.

    Fender Flatwounds- Lots of mids and more dead sounding than the others mentioned (not as much zing) and they are my personal favorites so far but the 5 strings sets have a weird tapered B string. Also pretty low tension for flats.

    I have yet to try any others but this is what i've found so far. Also this video helped me with deciding on a set of flats when i first started using them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R2LOXMqyg8
  11. Phendyr_Loon


    Sep 4, 2010
    Yes, I too had a set of Rotosound flats on a jazz bass. Tone wise they sounded similar to bright nickel rounds, not the dead flat sound I hear in most flats. The feel of the strings threw me off too, as they sound so much like rounds.
    I definitely would not recommend the Rotosound Monel flats, there are flats with truer tone on the market which cost much less.
  12. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    I have GHS Precision Flats on my Precision. I like them because they are 'dark' sounding. They have a very strong purcussive attack that I like. They are very focused on the fundamental tone with subdued over and undertones. Once played in they hold tune extremely well.

    On the negative side they start out very unbalanced and it does take some playing time, but they do become better balanced as they break in. String tension is high, and necessitated a completely new set up to include a truss rod adjustment.
  13. Shakin-Slim


    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    I have GHS Precision Flats, too. +1 on everything Linnin said. I love their tone and percussive quality, and it's hard to overstate how well they stay in tune.
  14. ScottTunes

    ScottTunes Gear-A-Holic

    Feb 7, 2011
    So Cal
    I'm a huge fan of nickel flats. Therefore, Pyramid flats are on all but the P bass, which has Chromes (one gui**** prefers RWs - Chromes sound closer to RWs than flats to my ear). Silky feel, medium tension, great tone, last forever...

    When my 4001v63 is ready, I'm going to try a set of Optima nickel chrome flats... I've heard good things about them...