Where's all the love for dead roundwounds?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by toomanyslurpees, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. toomanyslurpees


    Jan 21, 2009
    So it seems like flatwounds are the thing these days, I tried them and I tried to like them, I mean come on!, from everything you read this should be the end all be all of bass tone... but they just aren't my thing. Nope, I'm all about the dead roundwounds! If I'm not playing a bass very often those things might be on there for years and years, if I'm playing that bass a ton, maybe after two years they'll actually be dead enough that I'll think about changing them. I'm actually kinda strategic about putting on new strings, have to give them enough time to loose that zing before a gig.

    Who's with me? Proud of their dead rounds?


    Jun 16, 2010
    Well 80% of the bass playing population use dead roundwounds, so yeah... they must sound good.

  3. I actually like dead Rotos on a jazz bass.

    But I'll always love my P with flats more.
  4. Li'l D

    Li'l D

    Apr 15, 2009
    Amen not to mention that broken feel they have
  5. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    Not a flat fan either. My fretless has rounds, my fretted has rounds. I like them well worn but not dead. I only play a little at church so I don't change them very frequently - maybe not even yearly - but when I get the impression that my bass doesn't sound "right" I'll change them out.
  6. Plectrum72

    Plectrum72 Supporting Member

    broken in rounds for the win:hyper:
  7. 4001

    4001 Inactive

    Sep 29, 2004
    Lake County, IL
    I'm waiting for the best bass strings for metal, the new Rotosound Deadwound set 45-105.
  8. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I'll take dead Boomers anytime.
  9. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    I have a dead set of TI Powerbass on my current main axe, a '76 FL P-bass with an epoxied S9 neck, and I love 'em.
  10. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Rather dead nickel roundwounds on my basses, goes well with blues music ... freshened up in an isopropanol bath every now and then when you can't hear what pitch it is anymore.

    Only half-joking. :)
  11. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Nope. Sorry.

    Not only do they lose their tone & their resonance when they die, they lose their intonation as well. So they become impossible to keep in tune.

    I fail to see the value in that... :rolleyes:

  12. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Tone changes alright, but I don't know that I agree on the intonation part - you may have to adjust the intonation as the strings age, but I have not experienced any problem keeping the bass intonated and in tune.

    Unless my strings are not old enough for that problem to materialize.
  13. Ian_Flash


    Jan 17, 2013
    I use LaBella Stainless Steel Roundwound: Deep Talkin' RW, HRS (Stainless Steel Series), Super Steps and also Fodera Diamond Steel. The newest set is 2 years old, and none of them actually sound "Dead" they just sound "Stable".
  14. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Dead rounds often work well for me, although I'm mostly a dead flats player.
  15. Dead.. dead.. dead.. deader than flat roadkill, baking on an Arizona highway in July.
  16. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Why would you like dead rounds? Mystic Michael hit the nail on the head.

    I like Steel straight outta the box.
  17. alembicguy

    alembicguy I operate the worlds largest heavy equipment Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Dead rounds really??? If you want I got a bunch I can sell you at a price that's on par with this thread.
  18. mcarp555

    mcarp555 Guest

    Jul 14, 2013
    The last time I remember changing the rounds on my P-bass was in the early 80's. Tone: fine. Intonation: fine. I don't change 'em, I don't clean 'em.
  19. Been playing dead rounds for yhe past 16years....Awesome for everything.
  20. Ed Friedland has one of his bass set up with dead rounds.

    They do have a place

    (and remember, not all dead rounds died a peaceful death!)