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Is string life affected by...

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by DeepThought, Sep 7, 2001.


  1. DeepThought

    DeepThought

    Dec 31, 2000
    I've been trying to decide between roundwounds and flats on my fretless jazz. I've been switching between a set each of DR Highbeams and TI Jazz Flats. Problem is I love both sounds.

    I was wondering if the repeated tesioning on these strings is messing with the tone and shortening the life of the strings.

    The upside is I've gotten good at adjusting the saddle height and neck relief pretty quick.
     
  2. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I would say that the string fatigue has a lot to do with the quickened deadening of the strings. The stress done to the string every time you put it on the bass will certainly affect the string's integrity.


    As far as the strings go, I had the same problem you did--I love both the flatwound and roundwound sounds. I took the easy way out-I bought another bass. :D
     
  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    bassmonkee's dead on, IME.

    Each time you restring, the string is not breaking at precisely the same point on your tuning pegs. Consequently, the inner windings decrease tension and your sound suffers.

    I did this many moons ago with Fender flats, and the outside wraps started unwinding on some strings, starting at the break point on the tuning pegs. Not a pretty picture and the outer wrap tension loosened along the length of the strings.

    With the roundwounds, you should be seeing indentations along the strings where they hit the fret wires when you restring. When these markings were aligned over the fret wires, they didn't affect string performance because they always made contact with the fret wire. When they are aligned over the frets, they don't make contact with anything and the strings may perform a little differently.
     
  4. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Round wound or flats on a fretless? shoot, if i had a fretless, id hit the flats.......SILKEY! hey, maybe i could make my P-Bass a fretless! ......ok,,,,,maybe not.....well.....wait....why not?
     
  5. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    What about halfwounds? You get an in-between sound compromise. The life and lack of fingernoise of a flatwound with some brightness of a roundwound.
     
  6. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    bassmonkee, I laughed out loud when I saw your signature!! :D

    that is the funniest sig ive ever seen!
     
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I really like the TI Jazz Flats on my Pedulla ThunderBolt 5 fretless. They're plenty bright for me.