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What strings to get this lovely tone?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by wateroftyne, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. Here's a test for you all (not that I know the answer!)

    I love the tone on this song. I know it's a rosewood fretless P, but... what strings?

    They're too woody for rounds I think, but maybe too lively for flats.. whaddya think?

  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Lindisfarne = English band. All English bands used Rotosounds back in the 70's or they used whatever strings came with their bass ;) So I'd guess Rotosound flats, which are pretty lively for flats.
  3. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    JimmyM nailed it!

  4. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    I was going to say the same thing about Rotosound...

    If you don't press so hard on the string you can get that buzzy growly speaking thing you are referring to...
  5. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    The 45-105 Roto flats, after a couple months, sound just like that on a P.
  6. Cheers, all!
  7. Definitely. Just have a listen to Steve Harris of Maiden. I freaked the hell out when I read he played flats.

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