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Good flatwounds for a fretless?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by brlottermann, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. brlottermann


    May 14, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I recently bought a fretless with regular roundwound strings and I've found that they scratch at my neck considerably (I'm sure this is common, but regardless) and I've never really played a bass with flatwounds. So which flatwounds could get me a real smooth, sort of upright sound? I play jazz and fusion on a BassMods K44V fretless.

  2. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    Try some D'addario tapewounds.
  3. Or some nylon tape wounds. I have used Fender, and really liked them.
  4. beggar98


    Jan 23, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I use TI Jazz Flats on my SX Fretless Jazz. They're expensive, but I really like the sound feel. A little livelier than some other flats I've tried.
  5. La Bellas, GHS Precisions, Chromes, etc.

    Plenty of choices. It all depends on your tonal requirements.
  6. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Manitowoc WI
    I use LaBella black nylon tapes on all 5 of my basses, 4 fretted 1 frettless
  7. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Manitowoc WI
    I"m hosting a GTG in Manitowoc Wi 54220 on Sunday May 5th 2013 1-4 pm
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    Hope to see and meet with all
  8. I've used TIs, GHS Precision, Fender, D'Addario flats and Tapes by Fender, GHS, and LaBella. They all had their good points. Take your pick.
  9. Torger


    Jan 25, 2012
    Get the tapewounds.
  10. On Fretless I have used

    GHS Precision Flats (.040 - .095) for lower-tension feel, thuddy sound.

    Fender 9050 Flatwounds (.050-.100) medium-tension, more treble than the GHS Flats.

    Two very different string sets. Experiment, if you can afford the time and $$.
  11. svtb15


    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig
    I was a big CHROMES advocate for years.. But i recently got some Fender 9050s And i like them more. They are slightly less tension than the chromes and seem to growl a little more.. Great strings and real low price too...
  12. zfunkman


    Dec 18, 2012
    Thomastik Infeld Jazz Flats. I use them on my fretted basses as well. They play and sound awsome!
  13. hypapanuse

    hypapanuse Banned

    Apr 2, 2013
    D'addario half rounds

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