Flatwounds on single-coil P or split-coil P?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by EmaTheMirror, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. Single coil P/tele

    9 vote(s)
  2. "The" split coil P

    8 vote(s)
  3. Carrots

    14 vote(s)
  1. I've tried different "permutations", with rounds on both, flats on the single coil, flats on the split SPB1... at the moment the single coil has rounds and the split has the flats.
    It sort of sounds non chronological (which doesn't make any sense, anyway, really) but I do like the feel and sound of the flats with the split. TBH, I think I like all combinations and it might be more due to the fact that now the flats are there and the ergonomics of the 57 shape vs. the slab body of the 51.

    What is your say? Do you have a favourite P for flats? Do you think one of the two designs is more suited to "rule" with flats?
  2. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    Can't go wrong either way. Realize that you'll eventually have to have four P basses.

    I really like the SCPB with rounds sound; raw and open. Especially with new stainless rounds.
  3. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    It's a trick question; the correct answer is: both. :bassist:
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  4. Carrots?
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  5. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    I prefer Dunlop SBN on my Squier CV50P rather than Labella LTF4a , but , both string sound great.
  6. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany

    Flats on a single coil is 50s (RnB, Rockabilly, etc). Flats on a split coil is 60s and maybe early 70s (the sound I associate with psychedelic rock or Motown).

    Rounds on a single make me think of Sting, so that's a good thing; the rounds on a split coil sound is a no-brainer.

    So, yeah gotta go with four P-Basses just to make sure!
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  7. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    I'm slowly learning that flats go on everything. I don't slap at all and I have issues with the quality of my skin, especially on my hands, so flatwounds are just the norm. I don't mind it though, I've experienced the "man that bass sounds great!" moment enough to respect it.
  8. marchone

    marchone Since 1951 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    It’s personal choice. I put roundwounds on my Tele for that Ron Wood sound, and flats on my Precision for old school thump.
    I like the four basses suggestion.
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  9. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    TI flats on every bass I own, be they solid, semi hollow, hollow, single coil, hum bucker.
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  10. Planespotter


    Oct 11, 2015
    I have flats on my SCPB, both regular Ps, my EB-3L and on my ASAT fretless. My only bass with rounds is my ‘82 Vantage Flying V copy, but I think it will be wearing flats soon enough!
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  11. The only advice I hate in this thread is the "four P basses" one. Jokes apart, if I need to further expand, it won't be on the P side.
  12. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    The "YMMV" should kind of go without saying for a topic like this.
    I'm not a total round wound hater - I always keep at least one axe strung up with rounds, whether I need it or not. ;)
    In my case that would be the active 5-string.
    If I played more straight-ahead rock from the '70s & newer I would probably have rounds on a 4-banger. (Starting with the J-bass.)
    I do mostly old-school R&B and "oldies" rock, so it's hard to keep the flats from spreading almost everywhere.
    If I only had a SCPB and a split P, I would have to go by the seat of the pants to decide which gets rounds & which gets flats. Too many variables with those designs IME (wood, pickup) to make a blanket statement as to which ought to get which string type.
    YMMV :smug:
  13. Yes, there's not a wrong answer, as I sort of implied, nor is it like asking where to put flats between a 50s style P or a Soundgear... I mainly wanted to know about some other personal choices when having both single coils and split coils, what they chose...

    It's not a particularly useful thread per se, it's more to see what's the average consensus or someone's different perspective.
  14. _Obra_


    Feb 22, 2011
    EU Wannabe
    Both !
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  15. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Suspended Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Split for sure. It'll push more mids.
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  16. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    You'll need a Ray with rounds and a hollow body with tapes. Hurry! Then you can put flats on the split and single P, but first you also need a Jazz.
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  17. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    After decades of using flats on all my basses including single coil and split coil Ps I switched to nylon tapewounds.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2020
  18. A quick scan of the room.

    3 SCPB with TI jazz flats. 1 SCPB with tapes. 1 SCPB with roundwound.
    Roundwounds on the Cabronita with TV Jones Thunderblade. Flats on the Cabronita with a Thunderbird pickup.
    Dead as a Dodo roundwound on the HH Telecaster. Roundwonds on the ChiSonic Modern Player Telecaster.
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  19. S.F.Sorrow


    Dec 6, 2014
    TI Jazz Flats are perfect for SCPBs. They provide a bit more presence in the upper mids compared to old school flats like GHS or LaBella. SCPBs can get a bit buried in the mix with old school flats IMO. Much better with TIs.

    As for rounds... nah, I'd rather leave that to the split coil P-basses.
  20. Flatwounds on all the things!!!
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