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Roundwounds for a flatwound lover

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by HailCorduroy, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. I'm considering going to rounds on my Jazz bass. I currently have Rotosound Jazz Flats on there and they feel "tight". My favorite strings are the La Bella Deep Talkin' Flats on my P-Bass.

    I'm looking to have a more distinct sound on the Jazz. It seems like with both basses having flats, they sound too similar. So, what are some good sounding rounds that won't feel too uncomfortable on my soft, flatwound spoiled fingers?
  2. GHS Pressurewounds. Smooth to the touch, easy on your fingers, frets, and fretless necks. It's sound is a cross between flats and rounds, sort of a best of both worlds sort of thing.
  3. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    Labella Hard Rockin Steels!! They do not sound like any other roundwounds, they're less ringy/zingy with a huge lower-midrange bloom reminiscent of flats. Also they (IMO) sound better as they age.
  4. Deaky


    Oct 24, 2006
    DR Sunbeams are really the only rounds I can tolerate. I'm a flatwound lover too but sunbeams are really very smooth for a roundwound string. They sound really good too.
  5. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Tapewounds are a really good hybrid between flats and rounds.
  6. I have a set of year-old Fender 7150s on my Jazz and they sound and feel great. Lots of thump, very tight and dry for rounds, but lots of warmth and a little bounce. That's the pure nickel set.
  7. mgbass


    Mar 31, 2004
    Northern KY
    On a Jazz bass, I love DR High Beams.
    Great feel, long lasting (for me).
    Try them.
  8. bassvirtuoso

    bassvirtuoso My God, it's full of chrome! Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2006
  9. phmike


    Oct 25, 2006
    Nashville, TN

    I have two 5 string jazzes. One with flats (Chromes) and one with GHS Pressurewounds. Between the two I can get most any sound I need.
  10. Thanks guys. I'll give the GHS Pressurewounds a shot.
  11. billgwx


    Apr 10, 2009
    Centereach NY
    I like the feel of GHS Boomers over D'Addario XL rounds. They're wound a little differently and feel smoother, though certainly not as smooth as tapes or flats.
  12. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9 Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    Nickel rounds or half rounds.
  13. Another vote for the Pressurewounds.

    Roundwound that's slightly flattened in the process. These are perfect.
  14. soulman969


    Oct 6, 2011
    Plus 1. The next best thing to heaven for a flat lover wanting something with more tonal character and variety. I've played a lot of different strings on my Jazz basses over the years but these Pressure Wounds are the best fit for me that I've found yet.
  15. spacebassed


    Jan 31, 2009
    there are a lot of different flavors of compression wound/pressure wound/half round/ground wound strings out there - that's definitely the realm you want to be in. i have ken smith slick rounds on my modulus and i love them. since you mentioned you like labellas, you might want to give labella deep talkin' quarter rounds a try.
  16. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    Los Angeles
    How about choosing strings based on their sound rather than their feel? Is that such a strange concept for a musician? It's music remember? It's about making sound.
  17. Duke21


    Nov 14, 2010
    Narvik, Norway
    +1 on the Fender nickel plated. Warm and they cost less then most.
  18. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Cary, Il
    Dude, get real! :D
  19. Jawbone


    Jul 15, 2010
    Humboldt County
    This is s joke, right!:cool: I'd rather it feel cool to the touch and dial my tone in.
  20. But my fingers have to play that sound for 4 hours at a time. I love the sound of flats, especially on my P-bass. I like the sound of flats on my Jazz, I just want to have a different sound and I have tried full rounds and didn't like the sound. Too many squeeks and too bright.