Flatwounds with roundwound sound.

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Mark Ambler, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. Mark Ambler

    Mark Ambler

    Nov 18, 2017
    London, UK.
    I’m trying to find a string that won’t chew up the fingerboard of my fretless, but sound similar to roundwounds
    I've seen recommendations for the GHS Pressure wound, but not sure whether they are fingerboard friendly. A flat wound that comes nearest to a Jaco sound, basically. TIA.
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  2. Bodeanly


    Mar 20, 2015
    D'Addario Chromes.

    But keep in mind that no one will ever find that Jaco tone without copping his technique on a Jazz (or Jazz style) bass.
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  3. Mvilmany


    Mar 13, 2013
    Upstate NY
    I second the Chromes. They’re very bright, and present. They don’t have the zing that roundwound strings have though, don’t expect that.

    Edit: typos.
  4. Mark Ambler

    Mark Ambler

    Nov 18, 2017
    London, UK.
    Thanks. Yes, hand position, finger articulation, etc. I’m using TI Jazz flats on one fretted bass, and they sound great. Do you know how the Chomes compare to the TI flats?
    Personally, I would just get the TI flats, but I’m asking on behalf of my son. TIA
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  5. RattleSnack


    Sep 22, 2011
    Go for Chromes. I use them on Precision with my covers band. They work for funk, soul, rock.
  6. Bodeanly


    Mar 20, 2015
    I primarily play rock, but we throw in Motown and dance stuff where I utilize a synth pedal(s). With Chromes, I get the bite I need for rock, especially on the songs where I use a pick, but I can also dial the treble back and get the thump and thud. I do not try to emulate Jaco. Ever. And I have never used TI's because I cannot afford to string all my basses with them. I have rounds on one bass only, but everything else gets Chromes. Most people don't even know I use flats until they touch my bass, which, coincidentally, is right before I kill them. That last part was a joke.
  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Chromes. But they tend to be high tension for many. And he may need a setup after putting them on.
  8. Jigmay


    Mar 24, 2004
    Maybe try Ernie Ball Cobalt flats. Very full range string and they don't have the high end 'zing' that Chromes have. Supple under the fingers. Take the time to clean them before installation.
  9. Low profile

    Low profile

    Apr 16, 2019
    Lx, Portugal
    Has anyone of them left alive who can confirm this?
  10. Bodeanly


    Mar 20, 2015
    I can neither confirm nor deny this...

    Now, if everyone could look right here...

  11. red_rhino

    red_rhino Currently on Double Secret Probation Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2001
    Over Macho Grandé
    Respectfully, I disagree with the notion that any of the flatwounds being recommended (or any flatwound) will sound like a roundwound. Even the brighter ones are not going to have the same feel or tone of a round. I don't really play fretless much, but when I do, I like a roundwound. If I were doing that now, I would use the GHS Pressurewounds. I have them on one bass and I really like them. Dave Pomeroy has a nice review of them where he also demos on a fretless.

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  12. AngelCrusher


    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    Pressurewounds are amazing strings. I have them on a Jazz bass and a Sadowsky P/j and they are awesome. They add some low mid punch, so on a jazz bass they are a perfect match. They are not super sizzly and bright like steels, but they still sound really good when slapped. I would say that on the Jazz bass with steels I used to roll the tone back about halfway for my slap sound and with Pressurewounds It’s probably around a quarter or so.

    The other thing is that the pressurewounds feel really good under the fingers. I think they are excellent strings and work on about any bass, you just have to know that they add some low mids into the mix.
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  13. Nighttrain1127

    Nighttrain1127 Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Near Worcester MA
    I use both Pressure Wounds and Ernie Ball cobalt flats. If you want an actual Bright flat then Cobalt Flats are very good. If you want more articulation and don't mind a little bit of winding feel then Pressurewounds are the way to go
  14. ardgedee


    May 13, 2018
    I use GHS Brite Flats for this purpose. They're ground wound rather than flat but they haven't done much to the fingerboard over the years.
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  15. comatosedragon

    comatosedragon Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2014
    Rockingham VA {616}
    I agree. As far as flats go, the most 'round sounding' I have played. I really liked the tone and feel of these. Unfortunately, I am one of the few whose body chemistry makes it not possible to play these strings (they corrode and turn green within hours).
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  16. Chromes are nice and I have them on my fretless. Sadowsky flats (black label) are bright and feel wonderful. If I played a 4 string, they are all I would use.
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  17. keith1r

    keith1r Supporting Member

    Aug 4, 2009
    Rotosound monel flats
  18. redwood


    Oct 3, 2002
    Buffalo, NY
    Nobody has mentioned Labella white tape wounds. They can be pretty snappy, lower tension, and supple feeling which won't cause any wear on your fb.
  19. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Dayton, Tennessee
    Roto 77’s sound zingy and work well with OD. Didn’t like them on my P Bass, but put them on the Kramer and they sound great.
  20. Skip Chucker

    Skip Chucker

    Dec 9, 2018
    Roundwound strings don't chew up fingerboards.

    If you want the roundwound sound, get roundwound strings.
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