Switching to flats on my fretless

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by tonymorabito, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. So I'm having my '72 fretless P-bass rebuilt, including a neck refinish (maple) and I'm thinking about flat wounds for the first time in 40 years of playing (at the advice of my luthier). Previously used nothing but DR HiBeams. D'Addario half-rounds look interesting, so do Pyramids (Pricey).

    Any suggestions for the brightest possible flat-wound out there?


  2. Chromes are bright. TI Jazz Flats aren't as bright, but sound really good.
  3. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    Roto77 are really bright
  4. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once...

    Feb 24, 2013
    Per the D'Addario packaging (I have both half-round and chrome in my hand...) the half-round is a little brighter than the chromes. I just put a set of half-rounds on mine and I like 'em. They have a little more tension than the TI's that were on there before, which in my case was a good thing, since if the new strings hadn't raised the action enough it was going to be truss-rod adjustment time. It was just enough...
  5. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    If you're used to the tension of high beams, you should try some D'addario tapewounds. They're brighter than you might think.
  6. Thanks, guys!

    Going to try the D'Addarios first and I'll let you know what happens...
  7. Luke4strings


    Mar 6, 2013
    Diaddaro Chromes are really good, they sound better as they get older. You can dial up the tone and they are bright , the tone is nice and punchy, fat and smooth
  8. OK, I know it's been a long time, but I went with the D'Addario half-rounds and I LOVE them! Much slinkier than round-wounds on the maple neck, warmer and sweeter vibrato, and of course, way less wear on the finish. The EMGs brighten them nicely and, to be honest, I'm supposed by how naturally bright they are, which was my main concern in switching from rounds. Definitely recommend 'em to all fretless guys!
  9. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland

    Feb 11, 2003

    I just scored a 1970 Fretless P-Bass.
    TI-JF344's all the way.