What is it with me and dead rounds ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SpitfireCWII, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. Lately, I have been really digging dead rounds, I dont know why, I usually like my strings fresh and bright, but for the past month Ive been just playing with dead rounds , anybody else experienced/ experiencing this lately ? Or am I just nuts ?:D:help:
  2. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
    Oh man - not me! I live for the sound of bright sparkly fresh new stainless rounds, and I usually change my strings after about 20 hours of play.
  3. drul


    Oct 5, 2010
    They aren't dead until they are rusty!
  4. I'm with you man. Old stainless steel strings sound fantastic. Like flats,with more edge.
  5. slipitin

    slipitin Guest

    Jul 26, 2002
    What he said.
  6. ^^ Same here. I wouldn't call them "dead" but rather broken-in. The only time I'd call them dead is when they snap into two.
  7. I like broken-in strings, but not dead ones.

    I like strings that are within "tone zone 2".

  8. Commreman

    Commreman Faith, Family, Fitness, and Frets Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    You are just a closeted Chromes fan! That's OK - step out into the light! LOL
  9. I used to have a period where i kept the same rounds on my jazz for 3 years without changing them, sounded fantastic!
    Took them of one day, replaced them and i never managed to get THAT sound again!
    Got so sick of not getting the thump back that i ended up putting chromes on it...
    Thump cam right back, better than ever!
  10. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Inactive

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    I have one year old strings that I have no plans to take of any time soon. Only thing they are missing is a little responsiveness for slap.
  11. SketchMan3


    Mar 16, 2011
    The bassist of my church has had the same strings since, like, 1980.
  12. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    reed mathis used the same roundwound strings for 17 years. on tour the whole time..

    i like less extreme dead rounds, they feel nice. but the sound of new rounds, thats where its at.
  13. ProfGumby


    Jan 15, 2007
    Michigan's U.P.
    There ya go!
  14. Greevus


    Apr 15, 2009
    love new ones, but really dig my dead broken-in rounds a lot. i think you just get used to the feel and your amp settings. then you change 'em and you have to re-adjust everything.
  15. TMacATK


    Jul 9, 2008
    Davis, CA
    I wish I dug "dead"/broken-in rounds! That would save a lot of money...
  16. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    I've been using flats on virtually all my basses for a number of years now. The Stingray Classic is the only one I keep rounds on. BUT... When I used to use rounds, I definitely preferred when they got old. Never liked the brightness of new rounds.
  17. tjh


    Mar 22, 2006
    there not dead if you are getting ... thump ... when they are dead, they .. thud :)
  18. faulknersj

    faulknersj Inactive

    Apr 4, 2008
    Scottsdale Az
    I second this!!!! to hear what Chrome Flats sound like, click on the Genz Benz Streamliner + Avatar TB-153 link right down below this post!
  19. I used to ONLY play dead strings to the point where I would only buy other peoples used strings. Not strange at all. I think there are quite a few people who like the "flats with more edge" vibe.
  20. D.M.N.

    D.M.N. (O))))

    Oct 6, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I love the sound of fresh Roto 66s, but I've had my current set on there for nearly a year now, and I really do love the sound they make. Plenty of bite when the tone knobs up, and huge thump with it backed off. So yeah, I'm a fan of both broken in and brand new Swing 66s.