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Old strings: flatwounds good/roundwound bad?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Lefty Geek, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. Lefty Geek

    Lefty Geek

    Feb 13, 2006
    I am a guitar player that switched over to the bottom end. The first bass I purchased was a used MIM Fender Standard Jazz Bass that had flatwounds. The type of music I play is rock (just to apply a very generic classification). I never cared the "boominess" of the sound, and some have suggested I try roundwounds for my style of music. Since I am left-handed and I just can't try different basses, I decided to get another bass to A/B them.

    Last week I got a G&L LB-100 which is a P-style bass. The bass was in perfect condition, but the strings felt really old. I would never keep strings on my guitars looking like that. Tried the bass during band rehearsal, and it still didn't have that "zing" I was looking for. I know bass players love old strings, but that's only when it comes to flatwounds, correct? I have some string cleaner that I never used, maybe I will give it a shot.

    Of course, since I am new to bass playing, most of my tone issues come from being a newbie and also not knowing how to set the amp EQ.
  2. flatwoundfender


    Feb 24, 2005
    I'm a flatwound player and I like them old, but I believe most roundwound users replace them pretty soon, most of them never keep them more than 6 months and many of them don't keep them more than 2 weeks. I keep mine till they break, which takes years.
  3. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I prefer old strings on all my basses, flatwound or round. But I'm careful to keep my hands clean when I play so my strings don't get nasty and grimey.
  4. I prefer to have old strings myself personally (rotosound Swing bass) so theres no "clack" when I'm playing with nails... - they sound nice and clanky when they're new - get some on Ebay and you'll see wha I mean! (you need new strings if you want zing but haven't got it already - I'm guessing these strings were on the bass when you bought it? - buy some new ones...they may be expensive, but it'll be worth it and you'll hear a HUGE improvement tonally!):cool:
  5. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    I play flats for three reasons:

    1. Set and forget tuning
    2. String life
    3. Killer tone
  6. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Get some rounds. Some fresh ones. That will give you that fresh zing.

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