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Posted by Mickster on February 05, 2001 at 16:06:47:
In Reply to: String questions and other things posted by Emptyeye on February 04, 2001 at 19:42:03:
: given that I now own a fretless bass, and have for a month and a half or so, I suppose now would be a good time to ask some questions about strings for it.
: Okay, I know I want flatwounds, as opposed to roundwounds, or else I risk destroying the fingerboard. Not good. Is there any way to tell the two apart? Do I need to specifically ask for flats, or is that pretty much the rule when it comes to strings? I know musician's friend lists their Rogue strings as being Rounds, if it doesn't say rounds, should I assume they're flats? Yeah, I know, sort of a newbish question but I've never been particularly picky about my strings.
: Another newbish question, I know that scale length refers to the nut-to-bridge length of the bass. But is that the front, or the back of the bridge? The bridge itself takes up about 1 1/2-2 inches on my Fender Fretless, so I'm just curious I suppose. Thanks in advance!
Hey Emptyeye, don't feel bad.I've been playng for about 25 years, and when I went to Sam Ash to see the different kind of flats they had, I couldn't believe
I had such a hard time finding flatwounds. As El Pajaro said, never assume they're flats if it doesn't say it on the package.Flats do seem to be making
a come back. How do you like that fretless? It's becoming second nature, isn't it? I've heard that Thomastik Jazz flats are awesome on a fretless, but, I haven't tried them yet. Right now, I have Rotosound Jazz flats on my Casady.
They're not bad. They're much brighter than the Fenders that I have on my Jazz.
For rounds, I swear by D'Addario. The slow wounds are pretty good. I guess we
all just gotta experiment, but, at $20.00 and up per set, it can get expensive.
PLay that fretless!
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