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String recommendations for ebonal fretless

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Gorn, Jul 26, 2012.


  1. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I want a Jaco-ish sound so I suppose roundwounds rather than flat. I like tapewounds but I assume tapewound and flatwound wont't mwah? Thoughts? Recommendations?
    34" ebonal fretless P-bass maple neck
     
  2. scarab

    scarab

    Jul 25, 2012
    rotosound, best strings ever, i have the steve harris set
     
  3. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Buffalo Ny
    Yea, but jaco used steel rounds on his fretless....
     
  4. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    I dunno ...I use Fender 9050s flatwounds and get a great sound on my fretless. YMMV.
     
  5. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    US
    As much as I hate TI flats on fretted basses, they sound really nice on fretless and have plenty of muawwww...
     
  6. iiipopes

    iiipopes

    May 4, 2009
    Yes, Jaco used rounds, and he also epoxy'ed his fingerboard as well.

    String technology has come a long way in the decades since.

    For growl, mwah, etc., try the new Fender 9050 flats. They have growl, they have mellow, they have mwah, they are absolutely consistent string-to-string and up the neck, they are steel, not chrome, so they don't thud out after awhile, and they are relatively inexpensive.
     
  7. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    I tried the Fender 9050 flats on my VM Jazz fretless and didn't like the tone or the tension. So when I put DR Sunbeams on my fretted, I took the EB Hybrid Slinkies off of that and put them on the fretless. Bingo -- that's the tone and feel I wanted.
     
  8. lowgroove677

    lowgroove677

    Jan 8, 2011
    I use elixirs on my ibanez SR300fl. No marks yet, I like them because I still get the sustain rounds but with just a slicker feel. I feel I can get plenty of that fretless sound. But what helped the most with that...practice...
     
  9. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie

    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    DR Hi Beams.
     
  10. rolleharris

    rolleharris

    Nov 10, 2002
    Falun Sweden
    Rotosound stainless steel. Jaco used those. Why bother with anything else?
     
  11. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    These are the ones he used right:
    vzbyua.
    I've heard good things abount pressure wounds so I wonder if these would give me almost the same mwah but a be a little easier on the fingerboard
    335e8w3.
     

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