Most acoustically quiet strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Tristan, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. Tristan


    Jan 28, 2001
    Ottawa, Canada
    I am going to stash a beater bass in my cubicle for lunchtime practice noodling.

    What strings would be the stealthiest? Tapewound?

    Also, would a fretless be quieter?

  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Yup, not really.
  3. Thuddy Waters

    Thuddy Waters

    Mar 20, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Flatwounds are the quietest strings, acoustically. You better be using a headphone amp of some kind because they are very hard to hear acoustically unless the room is very quiet. Fretless would probably be a little quieter because there is no chance of fret rattle.
  4. Tristan


    Jan 28, 2001
    Ottawa, Canada
    Yes, I should have mentioned I will get a headphone amp or PC interface to headphones, so I will not need unplugged volume.
  5. Pier_


    Dec 22, 2013
    Roma, Italia
    tapewounds are electrically quiet, but not acoustically, because under the tape they are roundwounds.
    flats are way more quiet.