One with flats one with rounds?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lowdownthump, Jul 20, 2021.

  1. I did. Then I realized I always preferred the flats. Now, they all just have flats.
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  2. 7dollarbologna

    7dollarbologna Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    Downtown Albuquerque
    Desert Eccentric
    I used to have two Fullerton reissue Jazz Basses, one fretless (1982 w/rounds) and one fretted (1984 w/TI flats) still have the fretted, bought it new. B580469B-2275-4E68-87FE-B59CC201BB05.jpeg
  3. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    I tell myself that if I were a busy session player I would surely need a P-bass with rounds and one with flats. So that I could take both and let the producer decide which, without having to spend time re-stringing.

    But I'm not. I'm a 50 year old dad in software sales who plays a few gigs a year and who has five basses mostly sitting on a rack these days. I'll admit to having a set of roundwound as well as flatwound strings for my P-bass, but only the one bass.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2021
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  4. whatever4


    Dec 12, 2012
    I have a '72 P with flats and a '75 with rounds. Both have solid maple necks, which can be difficult and expensive to re-fret, so I have TI flats on the '72 to preserve what's left of the frets because it has the most fret wear. And it seems the tone of flats would be less affected by a slightly flat fret since flats are less flexible than rounds because of the width of the winding. I like the bright growl of rounds on my '75, and the cost and convenience of only having to keep fresh strings on one bass.
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  5. Jazzkuma

    Jazzkuma Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    I have a P with flats and one with tapewounds. Then I have a 5 string jazz with rounds I keep for when its needed.
  6. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    I have a Fender MIJ P bass with flats, and a MIA Fender Jazz with Nickel Rounds. I also have a RW Jazz with Pressurewounds, and a MIM Jazz with Balanced Rounds.
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  7. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    Ever since I switched to Flats I can’t do rounds anymore, all three of my basses have Flats, 2 Pbasses and a Jazz, as for sound and tone I play just about every genre of music and the Flats do just fine with all of it and the bonus is not having to buy new strings every 6 months...
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  8. Rip Van Dan

    Rip Van Dan DNA Endorsing Artist Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Duvall, WA
    Does it count if I have LaBella tape wounds on my 4-string Jazz and Boomer round wounds on my 5-string? Round wounds are on my 5-string because I was using round-wounds on my Jazz back in 2009. Of course they are far different animals from each other with my Jazz being a passive bass and my Rogue 5-string being active/passive selectable. Hardly use my 5-string so I haven't changed it to tape-wounds.
  9. Gothic


    Apr 13, 2008
    Yes please.
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  10. Yes, Ps and Js with both. Fender nickels for rounds and Fender 9050s or Chromes for flats. I do prefer bright/spanky/klanky flats so I change them somewhat frequently.
  11. Rezdog

    Rezdog Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    T.Rez, Canada/Motown
    Greetings from the North,

    P5 Flats -- P5 Nickel Rounds

    4003S Tapes -- 4003S5 Nickel Rounds

    Reverend BH5 Tapes -- Reverend BH5 Nickel Rounds

  12. N4860


    Mar 28, 2017
    Yes, I do this with my StingRays. The pink HH on the left uses rounds. The middle fretless H has tapewounds. And the Purple H on the right in the 2nd pic has flats.


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  13. WillyWonka

    WillyWonka Yes, I act just like this in person. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2019
    Flats on fretted, rounds on fretless.
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  14. 2F/2F


    May 26, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Many "duplicates," often just based on a variety of finish colors. Most have flats. Rounds, I keep here and there. But 90 percent or more of my basses have flats. I have never purchased a near identical bass just to have one with a different set of strings on it.
  15. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    I have one Jazz with flats and an EB-3 with tapewounds and I only use these for recording if needed....Everything else is Roundwounds
  16. J-Mags


    Jun 18, 2018
    Durham NC
    I'd like to have a P with flats and a P with rounds. Right now, everything ends up with flats eventually.
  17. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    Only rounds
  18. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Nottingham, MD
    I have Chromes on ‘Oly White’ & Roto SS rounds on ‘Blackie’ :thumbsup:

  19. TideSwing


    Oct 31, 2014
    Las Vegas
    I have a Sire V3 Jazz with flats for reggae and a Sire M5 with rounds for everything else. I run the M5 pickups as single coils so it's sort of Jazzy but doesn't have the traditional look.
  20. Paul New

    Paul New Supporting Member

    Jun 1, 2004
    deepest alabama
    I finally found some rounds I like. A p-bass with sunbeams on is a very versatile bass!

    That said, I have 3 P basses: A fretless with labella tapewounds, fretted with TI flats, and fretted with sunbeams. I need one more P Bass for LaBella 54s tuned down to D.
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