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Re: roundwounds on a fretless?

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Posted by Ken Braziel ( on May 06, 2002 at 19:16:29:

In Reply to: roundwounds on a fretless? posted by eddie on April 19, 2002 at 12:20:15:

: I recently started playing fretless, but I prefer the bright clanky sound of Rotosound roundwounds instead of flats. will rounds destroy my fingerboard? the bass is a Carvin and it has an ebony fingerboard. isn't ebony a strong wood?

I've been using Elixirs for three years now, hardly a mark on the fretboard (6-string, I had to order the C string seperately) and I only have to change strings once a year!

Elixir strings have a very thin coating, mainly for protecting the strings from oxydizing (degradation from exposure to oxygen is the main cause of string aging) but that also almost completely eliminate finger-squeaking, and I don't have to wash my hands before playing or wipe the strings after.

That's on an ebony fretboard, which was well marked from my past use of regular roundwounds. I hade the luthier (Michael Dolan, Santa Rosa, CA) re-plane the fretboard two years ago during a repair (bass fell off stand during rehersal, seperating fingerboard from neck but didn't damage wood) and it still looks great - after over 60 shows last year between three bands, many more rehersals and several times in the studio.

I use Elixirs on my acoustic guitar, as well as 2 5-string fretted basses. Sure they cost more, but they last SO LONG!!!!

My 4-string fretless has the original 10-year old flat-wound strings, still sounding great (I tried round-wounds once, hated them on that bass)!

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