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Flatwounds in Rock?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by BullHorn, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. BullHorn


    Nov 23, 2006
    Have there been rock bands where the bassist used flatwound strings? I would love to hear some and how well/bad it sits in the mix.
  2. lmfreeman9


    Sep 1, 2007
    Check out anything recorded before 1970. Precision Bass and flatwounds.
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  3. BullHorn


    Nov 23, 2006
    There was rock before the 1970s? :p
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  4. Yes many natural rock formations are thousands if not millions of years old.
  5. LaklandBass


    Jan 26, 2005
    Soundgarden. Nuff' Said
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  6. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Ever heard of Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath?
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  7. Muaguana


    Jul 28, 2009
    I guess you've never heard of Led Zeppelin. Or Black Sabbath. That's okay, it's not like they were that important to rock music or anything...

    Oh wait...

    Edit: Beaten to the punch again.
  8. BullHorn


    Nov 23, 2006
    Oh, yeah. Sure have, I'll go check their stuff.

    My query was due to never using a set of flatwounds myself, I had no idea how to determine which was a flatwound recording and which wasn't.
  9. Classickbass


    Aug 15, 2010
    Kingston, TN
    Hello, Paul McCartney.
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  10. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Great minds think alike and stuff. :p
  11. OOZMAN


    Jun 16, 2010
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  12. BullHorn


    Nov 23, 2006
    I'm sorry but it never occurred to me that people used flatwounds in rock, I've never had a chance to try them myself. I'm just used to the often-trebly overtones of bass players in modern rock...
  13. Classickbass


    Aug 15, 2010
    Kingston, TN
    No need to be sorry. Give the D'Addario Chromes a try, you'll not regret it.
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  14. Luckie


    Jan 1, 2010
    Northfield MN
    I play lots of progressive rock, and I use roto flats.
    They rock.
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  15. Yegor P.

    Yegor P.

    Jan 13, 2008
    I got one thing to say - Steve Harris!

    Iron Maiden's bassist, Steve Harris, is one of the greatest metal bass players and he used Flatwounds on his Fender Precision (alongside his style, he created that "machine gun" like bass sound).
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  16. Probably the majority of recorded rock in existence, from the time "rock" first evolved out of rock'n'roll to the present day, has been recorded with flatwounds on the bass guitar.
  17. Even after 1970, a good number of rock bassists in well-known bands used flatwounds for many years. Still do.
  18. P. Bass

    P. Bass

    Mar 17, 2010
    Led Zeppelin (not all but even JPJ's rounds sound like flats)
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  19. BullHorn


    Nov 23, 2006
    Wow, yes! He's got an amazing tone for their style. Sounds so well in the mix!

    Another question: Are there stainless steel or other 100%-non-nickel flatwounds in existence? Unfortunately, I'm allergic to nickel.
  20. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008

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