This is one of my favorite basses. Actives and flat wounds. I'm a big fan of Motown and 70'/80's soul/funk music. EWF, Chicago Players, Kool & the Gang, Trampps, Brothers Johnson...and I'm a WHITE guy (imagine that) I do tone it down as a Worship Team Bassist. We have a black drummer and this guy has just "got the stuff" for it. I have a Fender Jazz Bass too with flat wounds. I like the mellower tone as opposed to the rounds. I did keep the rounds on my Ibanez 5 string for a different sound.