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flatwounds & slapping

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by lowfrq, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. lowfrq

    lowfrq Supporting Member

    Jul 21, 2008
    Ventura County,Ca
    I want to replace the elixer coated roundwounds on my schecter 4 string because its too bright sounding. ( seems to be getting worse) the strings are only 2 months old.
    Will I still be able to get a decent slap sound with the flatwounds? Any suggestions?
  2. broadblik


    Aug 10, 2008
    Sheffield, UK
    Slap on flats will sound really dull IMHO
  3. mrufino1

    mrufino1 Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2005
    Nutley, NJ
    Sounds awesome. Commodores, Larry Graham, etc...Well, Larry Graham I think was tapewounds, but similar.
  4. kebbs

    kebbs Modus vivendi

    Aug 30, 2005
    Ottawa, Canada
    You may consider half-rounds. Worth trying - but not everyone's cup of tea.
  5. tapp01


    Apr 10, 2008
    Wilmington, NC
    Check out tunes like Steely Dan's "Aja" and Sly an the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" to get a good approximation of what it sounds like to slap flats. I've got some Chromes on my SX PJ and they have a pretty good slap tone IMO.
  6. dezspet


    Mar 21, 2007
    Or check out the audio files here: http://www.lakland.com/audio.htm
    You'll find flat string slap recordings for each instruments amongst many others.
    IME it's difficult to get a good lap tone on a live gig from flats, but I have to admit, I'm not a Victor Wooten when it's slapping time...
    Also check out "Diamonds on the sole of her shoes" from Paul Simon's classic album Graceland. The guy is slapping on flats on a fretless. And it sounds cool.
  7. badboy1984


    Mar 27, 2007
    United Kingdom
    Flat is dull no matter what flat you use.

    If you want abit of mellow sound but want to keep the brightless when slaping, i would look into half round or nickel round.

    I personally would use Low Rider
  8. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    As others have said, it won't be the commonly expected "slap sound" of bright rounds twanging (thinking more modern players like Marcus Miller, Flea, Victor Wooten, et. al.) but it's still a good and useful sound. Larry Graham reported (Guitar Player Magazine back in the days when the only infromation available on stuff like this was GP- who were the only guitar mag at the time too) said he used GHS flats for the early stuff, eventually switchng to GHS Boomers. But "Thank You (Falletine Me Be Mice Elf, Again)" is flatwounds. Sounds good too. I was at the Lakland shop a few years ago and played "Thank You..." on a flatwound-strung Joe Osborne through an Acoustic 360. Sounded great to me!

  9. Shy Guy

    Shy Guy

    Sep 23, 2008
    Templeton, MA
    Get d'addario half rounds, just got them over the weekend and so far they are great :)
  10. david fitch

    david fitch

    Feb 20, 2007
    I used to love to slap on D'Addario Half-Rounds, before they changed the formula of the strings to pure nickel. I saw T-Bone Wolk slappin on some with Hall & Oats years ago and I was sold on them. The new ones just sound dead,I would rather just slap on brite set of flats like D'Addario Chromes now.
  11. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    THey WERE nickle. Then they came out with a stainless version, then they dropped the nickle ones. Seems they've again switched things and dropped the stainless ones and gone back to nickles. If you liked the D'Addario stainless Half-Rounds, try a set of GHS Brite Flats.

  12. david fitch

    david fitch

    Feb 20, 2007
    Yes, I know the original D'Addario Half-Rounds invented by Mr. D'Addadrio used to be Nickel and switched Stainless and back to Nickel. That's not my point,my point is they are now Nickel and I don't like them anymore. I have tried the GHS Brite Flats and they are not the same as the old D'Addario Half-Rounds,the are not as smooth and some of strings are ground down more then the others in the same set.
  13. I have D'Addario Chromes, about a year old now, and I love the slap tone from them. They have that old school thump, which I like much better than the modern metallic slap tone.
  14. willieG


    Feb 10, 2003
    Funny thing is......the whole slap thing got started on an upright....when guys would play more for effect........

    Saw some guy in New Orleans some years back.....thought he was gonna pull the strings off......sounded like he was playing a combo bass drum and bass.....

    I have the Jamerson set on.....slapping them gets me a sore thumb.
    The LaBella 760N.....black nylon set is slappable.....I think Sly and the Faily Stone guy was using em.....on A Jazz Bass.....for the funk.

    According to Bobby Vega......

  15. I have flats on my fretless. Not good for slapping IMO.
  16. envika


    Nov 27, 2007
    Bronx, NY
    That might be more due to the fretless than the flats
  17. bass_snake

    bass_snake Banned

    Aug 13, 2008
    Stouffville, Ontario
    Thanks Dezspet for that Lakland link. Awesome man. :cool:

  18. rubber_ritchie


    Feb 2, 2008
  19. Jerry Ziarko

    Jerry Ziarko Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Rochester, NY
  20. jpfbass


    Sep 28, 2009
    IMO flats would lack the pop that rounds have. My friend has some flats on his '75 j-bass, and slapping on it is like slapping on dead rounds- there's no character. Really the best alternative is to buy another bass and string it with flats, but if you can't afford one then I guess half-round might do the trick, though I've never tried them for myself.

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