Flatwounds on a "clanky" bass

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by karankumar, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. karankumar


    Feb 6, 2012
    I have the Cort Artisan B4 which is overall a great bass but where it loses out is the sort of clanky highs it gives me. I've decided to switch to rounds to get a sort of deeper (less clanky) tone alongwith the great feel that flatwounds have. (I've used GHS Precison flats earlier and loved them)

    Since i'm probably gonna stick to flats here on, i narrowed down on getting a set of TI's based on a lot of research. However, since the TI's have such less tension, will it make my bass sound even more clanky? (That word is beginning to piss me off now :p)

    Or should i go for maybe heavier gauge strings that are more tense? But that would screw up my neck and action. So sort of a Catch-22.


    PS: Please dont advise changing my pickups/preamp. Don't wanna spend that kind of $$ now :D
  2. soulman969


    Oct 6, 2011
    I'm not sure what's creating the "clank" that you describe. If it's just coming from the rounds you've been using then the flats should cure that problem. But if it's a combination of the string and the string tension then a lower tension flat will still cause you a problem but it probably won't be quite as pronounced.

    How are you tuned? Standard or in a dropped tuning?

    If you're tuning below standard then a higher gauge and higher tension string may be a better way to go which would point you back in the direction of the GHS PFlats. It's hard to say without knowing more information.

    When you change strings you're gonna need to do a setup anyway so I'd worry more about the "clank" issue that been annoying you and not the set up. I play GHS PFlats on my PBass and the action is set quite low with no problems with fret buzz at all.
  3. karankumar


    Feb 6, 2012
    The clank is more a combination of the pickups and preamp, as far as ive figured. The pickups on this bass (Bartolini MK1's) tend to naturally produce harsh highs and unpronounced lows. The roundwounds that ive got on (the bass came with stock with some D'Adderio rounds which are inherintley bright) just add to this clank. And theres also some fret noise when i slide. I hope this gives you some sort of indication. I just feel that with flats, that have a smoother texture, deeper lows and not as bright highs, this problem might get resolved. Just not sure if the low tension flats will mess things up by adding to the clank.

    Standard. Drop D sometimes.
  4. I bought a Cort GB74 a couple of months ago. Mine is not "clanky" but "treblee". Even if you put the mids all the way down still need to cut a little on the treble to make the sound feel more round.
    Thought about changing PUs or the pre but I decided to start changing the strings. Had a set of older Chromes that I took off another bass and put them on the Cort. So far, it much less "treblee" and has a more overall balanced sound. I like it.
    Need to see how it goes playing with the band but I have great hopes
  5. TheBigAleski


    Mar 3, 2016

    I own a Cort Artisan B4 OPM and am pretty fine with it but I guess I have the same feeling about those clanky highs you're talking about. Always have to cut high mids to lower those but I feel like it's having collateral impact on my tone and wish I could suppress those another way.
    I was actually wondering if going flatwound would solve this issue then I found your post, looks like we had same idea :)

    Did you go flatwound and if you did, did you succeed in lowering your clanky highs ?

    Thanks in advance for your answer ;)
  6. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    Someone had a question about a "clanky" bass a while ago, in the Hardware, Setup & Repair forum (see "MTD CRB4 Clack"). The general concensus of opinion was that it was caused by a combination of the OP's playing technique, and the appropriate strings for that technique. Like, playing too hard on low tension strings. You might want to give it a read, and see if there's anything useful...:thumbsup:
  7. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    I had a really 'fret clacky' bass once- no matter the technique, it was diminished, affected playing, but was still too irritating.
    Changed string type and it was gone.
    Those same strings didn't clack too much on another bass.
    Don't remember what I went from-to, but it was just those strings on that bass.