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Was told today that bass players dont use flats

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by shawshank72, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Called a few small shops in the ontario area to check if anyone carried flats in case i needed a set or string in a hurry.
    After the third shop i mentioned that it seems to be $40 for a set of chromes or nothing in this area.
    He says....
    Thats because bass players dont use flats.
    Wow really?
    Could have fooled me.
  2. thumpguy123


    Aug 2, 2013
    northern nj
    it's amazing how many times you walk into a guitar store and see a whole bunch of new fretless basses that have roundwounds. all it takes is one moron to play that thing and the fretboard is gouged...ok... i would try ebay sometimes you can find a deal on strings. just my .02 cents
  3. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    I always use jason to order strings.
    Just in case of emergency and i needed a set right away.
    And was trying to find some fender 905ml's
  4. sq105

    sq105 Country Squire

    Jan 19, 2013
    Owen Sound, Ontario
    I like flats ...
  5. Oddly

    Oddly Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    I've just put a set of Fender flats on my Jazz.
    Got them from http://www.bassstringsonline.com/
    Even better, mention when registering that you're on TB and you get a discount !
  6. Ratbut


    Mar 26, 2009
    Clarksville, TN
    HE SAID WHAT???!!!!!!!
  7. Small local shops + strings = overpriced to the point of hilariousness.
  8. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    I'll get the pitchforks!
  9. Bullcrap. Plenty of players still use flats. I know I would if I was in a band.
  10. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Hahaha.... does he think guitarists use flats? I mean I talked an old guitar player into trying them once, but I never hear guitarists discuss them. Ever.
  11. sjeverett


    May 10, 2013
    Maybe what he really meant was he doesnt have enough bass players asking for them to justify keeping a large inventory.
  12. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
  13. fjadams

    fjadams Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Danbury, CT
    Most small stores can't afford to keep bass strings there isn't a lot of demand for. They have to stock lots of rounds to appease all the twelve year olds who are Flea wannabes.
  14. Amen! bassstringsonline.com is the only way to go. Love to buy local when I can, but… there's no comparison in selection and price. Not sure when, if ever, I'd go back to rounds. Love the flats.

  15. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
    the smaller the place the smaller the choice ... Like in my city flats are really rare rarer than a set for a 6 strings bass.

    So I guess few bass player in my area like flats
  16. Hold up..."in the Ontario area"?

    Dude you're talking about a lot of area there. :)

    Where are you? There's several notable shops in Toronto that carry quality flats.
  17. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Im down in Paris.
    I stay away from the Toronto area.
    Were about an hour and a half away, but us small towners get big city traffic jitters lol
  18. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    Go ahead and change the thread title to: I met an idiot today....
  19. nshuman


    Sep 4, 2012
    Montreal, Qc, Canada
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    L&M always has flats in their Montreal store here. Chromes and Roto77s usually. They will ship stuff for free over a certain price. If you go to TO, Moog should have good deals on TI flats (59.99 for TIs is hard to beat). Other than that, yeah, bassstringsonline although, I have found better deals on some strings.
  20. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Supporting Member

    Maybe it is only a TB awareness thing, but I think there is more interest in flats today than say 10 or 15 years ago. When I joined TB a couple years back I saw all the positive threads about flats. So I gave it a try and have been very pleased. I have also converted two local bass players to go with flats. They came up to me during or after gigs and asked about my tone and told them that flats has a lot to do with it. Thank you TB cause I would not done it on my own.