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Would flatwounds help wake my bass up?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by oniman7, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. I recently got an EBMM SR5 which is much better, but before that, I was using an IBanez BTB. I believe it to be a BTB445 from 2003, but regardless, it has the old Ibanez pickups in it before they switched to Bartolini.

    Anyways, it's always had a really dull sound. At best it had a nice mid range growl, but that went fast as the strings died.

    I switched from the Ernie Ball Slinky's to the D'Addario Xl, and while they're zingy for a couple days, after that they're even worse than the Slinky's. Really dull. If I try, I can get some really high treble range out of them, and if I really push the high mids, it sort of gets a warm sound, but nowhere close to where I wanted it to be.

    Since it seems to be centered around the lower range already, I was wondering if a string around that range would help help it achieve "its tone". Flatwounds or Fatbeams or something like that. If I can get my Cubase running, I'll take a soundclip of it later.
  2. Does it sound any good acoustically? The problem may be in electronics.
    If you really want to try flatwounds then your BTB is probably a good candidate.
  3. Marton


    Sep 20, 2005
    If you don't like the sound of a few days old rounds, you probably won't like flats.
  4. +1
    Get some Blue steels:bassist: or highbeams:bassist: if you like that new bright sound
  5. Perhaps the problem is that you have very acid sweat, and this kill your strings quickly. Try Elixir, they lasts longer than others and have a very good sound.
  6. +1

    Like someone else said - try Elixirs. They are very nice sounding strings. If you can't afford them - try some D'Add Prosteels - they're inexpensive, and sound great.
  7. Flat-wounds have a very fundamental, old-school tone. If you're finding roundwounds sounding kinda dead, then you probably won't like flats. You might give Hi-Beams a try, I use them on both of my gigging basses even though I keep flatwounds on a bass or two as well for that different feel :) .

  8. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Try a set of Ernie Ball Cobalts. They will give you the gowley sound you want.
  9. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    I'm gonna go against the grain. If you can afford to experiment I'd suggest just giving it a try.

    But: realize that flats ain't gonna sound like any bright aggressive modern bass tone, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Flats are all about emphasizing the pitch over the timbre. They can give a nice, fat round punchy note and in this respect they preform quite well. So if you can set aside expectations of some high mid , bright , slap funk / rock / metal attack, you may be pleasently surprised.
  10. I figured, if that's all I can get out of this bass, I may as well make it good.

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