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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:24 pm    Post subject: Fretless bass- strings? Reply with quote

round wound or flat?

I just picked up a lobotomy- Fender fretless P-Bass neck/ebony board, married to a Peavey body 2 super ferrite pups

this will only be used in the studio

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

flats.........


rounds will dig into the fingerboard eventually....

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

any brand stand out over the others?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I asked the guy in the bass department of my music store what the difference was between the $35 flatwounds and the $65 flatwounds. He shrugged. So I said: "Well, they're not gonna break, so what's the issue - lifetime of the string?" He shrugged.

My guess is there's not $30 worth of difference in the sound either.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what about "Roto-Sound" strings? (I think that's what they're called)
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stainless wrote:
what about "Roto-Sound" strings? (I think that's what they're called)

well .... roto-sound is a brand and I believe they might make flat wounds but traditionally roto sounds are roundwounds.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so GHS, EB?

bass is not my strong point...

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you decide to go roundwound, use nickelwound strings. Little easier on your finger board.

Thomastik flats are the best flats around I think. Tension is really low, but the sound is awesome. LaBella and Fender make good flats with higher tension.

Are you looking for mwah or zoing?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmmm ...... lemme call my fretless-bass playing friend ..... brb .... no answer.
He's one of my close buddies ...... I'll hear from him sometime today and I'll ask.


EDIT:
He just called ..... he said that he uses roundwounds on his 'cause he prefers the sound and that they will eventually make marks on the fretboard but with the finishes they put on fretless fretboards it's not that bad.
As for brands ..... he says he uses the cheapest ones he can find.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trojka-

I think I want it closer to a stand-up/loose type of sound- I definitely don't want string noise on slurred notes

Lt- Cheap is always good... and these strings will probably suffer more from oxidation than use LOL

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trojka wrote:
If you decide to go roundwound, use nickelwound strings. Little easier on your finger board.

Thomastik flats are the best flats around I think. Tension is really low, but the sound is awesome. LaBella and Fender make good flats with higher tension.

Are you looking for mwah or zoing?


I prefer blap, but I'll take anything that sounds good. I'm still using the roundwounds that came on my new bass to see what they had to say for themselves, and they're okay, but I'm moving to flatwounds cuz I love the feel and I like the sound. I mean, I even have flatwounds on my guitar, so... (I'd have flatwounds on my sax, if I had a sax...)

Thanks for the nudge.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you'd love the feel of Thomastiks. Plucking them around the neck gives you that upright sound, and in the higher registers it mwaahs like a horny cow.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does ~ $54 sound about right for a set of them?

and I hope they last a long time

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They last forever. My 'current' set is 10 years old. LOL
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JUst put a set of TI jazz Flats on the Conklin. (Not my first time using them, I had them on the Lightwave, the Tribute and the Wishy.) Very singular strings that sound like slightly 'thumpy' rounds and feel like flat. But the price seems to have gone up since I last bought them. The best price I found was at stringsandbeyond.com ; cost about $69.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my bassist (which is the reason I got it... so when I want a fretless sound he'd play it) offered to put a set of strings on it, so I sent it home with him last night. In a few weeks I'll replace the controls as they're a bit scratchy/static-y, as well as shield the cavity

sounded nice last night!

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