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what strings shall I put on my fretless?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by TD3691, Mar 3, 2010.


  1. what would you suggest I use.
    Currently my other bass (Fender P-bass) i have La Bella Deep talkin flats and they give some extremely deep bass which i love but for my other bass (Fretless J-bass) i don't want the same sound,
    i want something with a bit more punch like sum of the Police or Cure tracks

    example sound:
    Message in a bottle - Police
    So lonely - Police
    Cure - A Forest
    Cure - Lovecats (i know its a upright bass)

    have a listen to those tracks, basically I want something different from my Labella's as they are nice laid back dub bass but I want this bass to have a more prominent punchy sound.
     
  2. tk421

    tk421

    Mar 3, 2010
    middletown, oh
    try some med light halfrounds or groundwounds. i like the 95-40 set.
     
  3. T. Alan Smith

    T. Alan Smith Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    GHS Pressurewounds or GHS Briteflats.
     
  4. whitedk57

    whitedk57

    May 5, 2005
    Franklin, NC
    TI Jazz Flats
     
  5. Yes, +1.
     
  6. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Sting uses (or at least used to use) DR Sunbeams- nickle wrap on a round core- for his basses. In The Police days he used Rotosound rounds. So go figure...

    John
     
  7. BassLife77

    BassLife77

    Nov 13, 2009
    San Diego
    Rotosound steels and GHS Super Steels for fretless
     
  8. thirtypoint87

    thirtypoint87

    Feb 9, 2004
    Manager/Repairman: Music-Go-Round
    I like D'Addario's "1/2 round" set on a fretless. Good luck
     
  9. BLDavis

    BLDavis Master of Snarks. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Ellenboro, NC
    Fretless Jazz + TI JF's = :hyper::bassist::hyper:
     
  10. FromTheBassMent

    FromTheBassMent Those who can, play bass.

    Jan 19, 2010
    Providence, RI
    Wow. Steels on a fretless? That's going to make hamburger out of your fingerboard in no time flat.

    I am loving GHS Pressurewound on my fretless Stingray 5. Yeah, I'm getting a little more marking on my fingerboard than with groundwounds (D'Addario Halfrounds, Ken Smith Slickrounds), but it's worth the tradeoff for the added zing. Groundwounds sounded lifeless on the B and E strings. These GHS Pressurewounds sing.

    BTW, don't base your choice for your fretless on what Sting uses (or used) on fretted basses. Different animals.
     
  11. REAPER52

    REAPER52

    Aug 17, 2008
    FL-Central
    T I Flats IMO are the bomb. after having said that ,i believe the sound your looking for would best come from DR Sunbeams . I have a Jazz Fretless and it came with DR'S and i have to say they sounded pretty good. Kind of rough feeling to me though .So i immediatly went back to my fav.TI J344. Just really hard to beat these strings.
     
  12. Mr. BassmanPT

    Mr. BassmanPT

    Aug 15, 2009
    Europe
    thomastik infeld!
     
  13. BassLife77

    BassLife77

    Nov 13, 2009
    San Diego
    only a sanding and recoat every few years. just regular maintenance to me. never cared for flatwounds or nickels
     
  14. Beefbass

    Beefbass Guest

    Feb 4, 2001
    I use Fender 7150XL pure nickel rounds on my fretless, with DiMarzio Model J's. I really like it.

    I say, use what you find you like best, and enjoy!
     
  15. hasbeen

    hasbeen Commercial User

    Sep 23, 2004
    Vice President, KMC/JAM USA: Distributor of Ashdown amplification
    I'm a huge fan of DR strings. IME/IMHO, Sunbeam Nickel are the best fretless string out there. Great, great tone and feel.
     
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