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Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Jay Mastro, Jun 29, 2014.
Let me know please! Also, let me know what kind of fretless bass you are using!
Is what you are really asking 'What strings should I use on my fretless?' ?
'Cause that question gets asked and answered a lot, and a big factor is what's your fingerboard material and what kind of sound are you looking for?
So please - do the search, because the answers are there...
But I'll answer the question you actually asked - I use D'Addario FlexSteels; my main instrument has a DiamondWood fingerboard. I also used GHS Deep Talkin' Flats on an ebonol fingerboard. For softer boards, a smoother string is usually recommended - flats, half-round, or pressure-wound. But you can use anything. Really...
I'm just curious to see what people prefer, I do not doubt that their opinions will help me form my own on the subject, but I am interested in what people are using, have used, want to use, and on what kind of bass
I have a Pedulla Pentabuzz, and I play Pedulla steel roundwound strings. The fretboard has a polyester coating, so no worries about tearing up the wood.
1979 Aria SB-1000, rosewood board.
My No. 1 choice are Rotosound Pressurewounds (.045-.105), but I did run it with Hartke nickel roundwounds for a year or more. Tried Status half-rounds for all of about an hour before taking them off - way too smooth for me.
I've gone over to the Roto's as my string of choice for everything now. Just the right amount of 'tooth' from the windings, & they seem to last well too.
Yes, the board on the fretless gets tramlined, but it takes two to three years before it gets to be a problem & I have to get it shot in again; I just view that as maintenance. Once the board is on it's last turn I'll think about an ebony replacement. but that's unlikely to be any time soon.
Carvin LB70F, Carvin Icon 5F, and Carvin Bromberg 5F. All with epoxied ebony fingerboards. I use DR Fat Beams on each.
Also you might receive more & better responses to your post, Jay, if you had posted it in the correct subforum. Since you are inquiring about strings, in this case that would be the "Strings" subforum.
Didn't even realize that I didn't, is it possible to switch it? or should i just repost it?
G&L ASAT w/ebony board -- GHS Tapewounds
Squier VM Jazz w/ebonal board -- GHS Pressure Wound
Warmoth Gecko 6 w/pau ferro board -- GHS Brite Flats
Please don't repost it.
Just click 'report' and bring it to the attention of a moderator.
They can and do move threads all the time, but it might take them a while to notice.
Not every 'Report' is a bad thing - it's just a request for moderator attention...
Thank you! I ended up posting a different question in strings, which is pretty much asking peoples opinions on flatwounds vs roundwounds on a fretless bass
Peavey Foundation fretless-DR Sunbeam 40-100.
I play a myriad of fretless basses. Different board materials, pickup configurations. I use steel rounds. Play pretty heavy music pretty often. Like someone said above, ghost marks on a fretless board happen. Routine maintenance alleviates worry, and I think those marks add to the personality of tone for each bass. Also? No fretless player I looked up to used flats. I do not like them. Except in certain instances when I need "that" sound. I use D'addario ProSteels or FlexSteels. Dependin on my mood.
Sadowsky black label 100-40 flats on my fretless. I got them two weeks ago I'm just blown away by them!!
Both of my fretless basses have ebony boards. The frankenfender with PJ PUPs has Lakland (GHS) flats. When that was the only fretless she mostly wore DR Sunbeams. The Lakland 494 has a set of Lakland stainless steels, but will likely ho back to nickel rounds, either Sunbeams or D'Addario balanced lights.
I use Rotosound RS66LD on my graphite necked Jazz and Fender 9050ML on my Ebony fingerboard P bass.
i use light gauge Chromes on both my Conklin/Groove Tools Fretless 5 and my Squier VM Jazz Fretless...
Works for me, ymmv.
I use Halfs, D'Addario lights, ENR70 + NHR130T "B" on my Marleaux Diva 5, heard rosewood fingerboard.
GHS Boomers .040-.095