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Sound Difference? Huge tape to medium flats

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by poppinsmac, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. poppinsmac


    Aug 10, 2007
    Right now I have some very heavy gauge tape wounds on and I think that flats would be more where the tone in my head is.
    BUT money is tight for me and I don't really want to have to throw down the cash to find that it's not what I am looking for.

    So, what will be the big tone difference?
    I can't remember what the brand of the tapes I have on right now are, but they are suuuper thick. The same guage as the Jamerson flats.
    And I will be going to med. d'addario chromes.

    Thanks for the help.
  2. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Some random thoughts about tapewounds (I have the Rotosounds) versus flats:

    Tapewounds feel like they have less tension than chromes to me.... but the bass neck says otherwise ;)

    Soundwise, I loved the tape wounds. More of an DB tone than the chromes. The chromes are definitely brighter and have more sustain.

    I would have stuck with the tapes, but I have some hum issues, and need steel strings to ground the hum.

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