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If you have two P Basses....does one of them need rounds? :0)

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by armybass, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    I have always had flats on my P Basses.....but I do not think I have ever had more than one P Bass at a time. Well, that will all change tomorrow. My 75 P Bass has TI's on it and that is not changing but I am getting a 2003 American P Bass and I am thinking that it needs rounds on it but I am fighting the urge to put a new set of DR Flats on it that I have sitting new in the box.

    So if the answer is yes...what are THE rounds to go on a P Bass?
  2. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Why not tapewounds?
  3. Worshipbass12


    Feb 23, 2013
    Nw georgia
    I've always used rounds and I like cleartones but I have to ask and please don't act like I'm stupid but what are tapewounds?
  4. .
    As an experiment I recently put a set of Rotosound RS99roundwound "Piano" strings on my 2011 US Precision.

    All I can say is: "Wow!"
    This bass chimes like a bell!
    Totally left of centre of the "accepted" P bass sound, but I love it.
  5. .
    Basically roundwounds with a thin plastic coating over them from what I can gather. Never used them myself.

    Check out Youtubs clips on them. There's plenty there!
  6. mbelue


    Dec 11, 2010
    Tape wounds can be brighter than flats, with less finger noise than rounds.
    I love them, thumpy and articulate.
  7. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    Flats on one, tapes on the other is the way I have mine set up. Works for me.
    But DR Hi Beams (rounds) on my J.
  8. Exit1242


    Jan 16, 2013
    Tapewounds have literally black tape wound over the core and gives them a brighter sound then traditional flats with that nice smooth feel. I highly recommend them if you like flats but want more brightness to your tone or sound.
  9. Deaky


    Oct 24, 2006
    I'd go for for Thomastik rounds..
  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    If you have two P Basses....does one of them need rounds? :0)


    I have 2 p-basses, 2 jazz basses, 2 Ricks, 2 Stingrays, and 2 SG basses ... none of them have flats

    Also my Jag and Fenderbird both have rounds as well.
  11. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Hi Beams on one of mine. Pure funk.
  12. pbass2


    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I like having both a flat P and a round P---for rock there's nothing like a P with Roto 66's!
  13. The Wez

    The Wez

    Dec 22, 2012
    I have used rotosounds for over thirty years, they are great and give a good tone with fingers or with a pick . I have them on passive and active basses.

    Don't be afraid of using your tone controls and hand muting , I can almost get an upright sound as well as a balls to the walls sound with 66's.
  14. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I would put Rotos on it. Rotos on a P one of my favorite 70s sounds, especially when they mellow out and get a bit thumpy.

  15. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    I really dig DR's but this is where I am leaning....
  16. Worshipbass12


    Feb 23, 2013
    Nw georgia
    Do tapewounds have any sustain? And is that what black beauties are?
  17. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    Tapewounds sound bouncier and sustain better than flats. Look at it as an extra-lively flatwound.
  18. Worshipbass12


    Feb 23, 2013
    Nw georgia
    This may give me an excuse to get another pbass :)
  19. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    I have one P Bass with DR Fatbeams (roundwounds... changed about every two months or so) and another with GHS Precision Flats (17 years old).

    I recommend putting roundwounds on your new bass, so that you add the polar opposite tone to your palette. (Since you asked!)
  20. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001

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