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How do flatwounds sound on extended range basses?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Sgroh87, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. Sgroh87


    Dec 4, 2012
    DFW, Texas
    I currently have a set of DR Lo Riders on my sixer, but I've been jonesing for the sound and feel of flatwounds. The thing is that I've never used flats on anything other than a 4 string P bass, and I'd hate to lose a lot of clarity and brilliance in the upper register. I've been working on learning Wooten's version of "Isn't She Lovely" and I worry that it would sound muddy without the higher overtones of the round strings. Does anyone have a recording of an extended range bass with flats on it?
  2. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    I'll tell you... Once you get to a smaller gauge string... .032 / .029 / .028, it sounds pretty clear like a round wound. And if you do a High-F .020 it is going to be a plain steel anyway... I even put on a .020 flatwound guitar string and it sounded nearly identical to a plain steel string.