i play punk and metal,what flatwound strings should i get?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by frankencow150, Oct 21, 2001.

  1. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    hey i heard that flatwounds are sort of "slippery and smooth" and thats what i really want.i have a squier standard p-bass with j pickup.i wanna spend less than $25 on strings.what flatwounds should i get?i heard the fenders are good.what gauge should i get if im looking for the perfect size for my bass,or what gauge if i wan my strings a lil thicker???
  2. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    it doesn't matter if you use a bunch of distortion all the time.
  3. Actually, the quality of the string would be immensley important to the tone of the distortion. That is, assuming that he uses distortion, he didn't specify.

    To be honest frankencow, if you play rock/metal flatwounds are gonna get buried in the mix like no other. Tone won't matter, cos you won't hear it. I recommend roundwounds, or at a stretch some half wounds that are super bright. Good makers are DR(fairly expensive) and D'Addario(deals are to be had, but I've never seen these available off the shelf, always been mail order/online).

    Hope that helps.
  4. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    You know, I could be wrong, but Steve Harris of Iron Maiden used flats, didn't he? There's even a Rotosound signature set. It really depends on what "the mix" is.
  5. I can't hear the bass in Iron Maiden songs.
  6. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    Really? I can't say firsthand, I don't have any Maiden :) But it would be strange for him to be held in such high regard if you couldn't hear his playing?
  7. I suppose that's true, but I think Steve Harris is an isolated case anyway.
  8. Steve Harris Rotosound Jazz flatwounds

    you can get a clangy, trebly sound out of these flatwounds, but be warned, they go dead very quickly and leave you with a thumpy old-school flatwound sound (Harris said that he sometimes switches basses during a set when the strings go dead).
    they're okay if you're prepared to change strings before every gig.

    I can't hear the bass in Iron Maiden songs.
    heard Wrathchild or Killers? the bass is probably the loudest thing in the mix.

    stainless-steel roundwounds or pressurewounds are the way to go IMHO if you want that growly Metallica/Pantera etc. metal sound.