New to this forum... P Bass, flats, still can't get the classic P bass tone

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Delirium1986, Mar 18, 2021.


  1. Delirium1986

    Delirium1986

    Feb 16, 2019
    Hello,

    I have a Fender MIJ PB62-70US, Fender Rumble 800 combo, and I recently purchased D'addario chromes. However, I find they sound very bright despite being flats. I can't get them to sound like the flats in this video or pretty much any video that uses flats... I find the E string especially sounds too bright and trebly... do I just need to get darker sounding flats (like La Bellas?) Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Schonbrun

    Schonbrun

    Mar 8, 2020
    Not all strings are created equal. D'addario chromes are pretty bright flatwounds. If you want to sound like the video, you should start by getting the strings featured in the video. Alternatively, play your new strings until they lose brightness or try this DIY trick if you're feeling adventurous.
    Eucerin Skin Cream Kills Strings DEAD!!!
     
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  3. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Its the tort guard.

    P bass, flats and tort.

    If you don't understand that, you will soon enough.

    Welcome to TB :) !
     
  4. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    What @Joe Nerve said is scientifically verified.

    And Chromes can take a week or so to calm down. Don’t give up just yet. Depending how much time you play they will start to dull out and will be a very different string than when fresh. My experience. They are quite snappy out of the wrapper.
     
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  5. Delirium1986

    Delirium1986

    Feb 16, 2019
    Thanks for all your input! I did order a set of La Bella 760FS but I will keep the chromes as a backup... or maybe try the eucerin trick.
     
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  6. chris_b

    chris_b

    Jun 2, 2007
    The flatwounds strings sounded fine to me.
     
  7. takeout

    takeout Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Kansas City area
    No substitute for age. Flats need time.

    Every time you have sweaty palms, rub your hands up and down the length of your strings. Oils, grease...
     
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  8. Franchy

    Franchy

    Jul 16, 2020
    Russia
    Tone pot?
     
  9. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka Suspended Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2019
    Fort Arnold
    That video sounds terrible to me. That's not the way flats sound on my P.
     
  10. flatwound62p

    flatwound62p

    Apr 24, 2017
    Australia
    This. Takes a few months for flats to start sounding how I expect flats to sound. I do not like new flats :(

    I do a version of the eucarin cream trick but just some generic white hand lotion I stole off my wife, eucerin doesn't seem to be available in Australia. I smother them and leave for about 12 hours before they get a wipe down with paper towel.

    Don't forget to stick a bit of foam under the strings for the classic sound :bassist:
     
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