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Posted by Zach on March 21, 2001 at 16:57:15:
In Reply to: Re: Flatwound Vs. Roundwound !! posted by Dave Rawlings on March 21, 2001 at 08:35:19:
I have been debating this for a while with some other players. Thank goodness the subject finally came up here. I used to own an Ibanez SR-400 Fretless, and I strung it with flatwounds all the time because the fingerboard felt like a pretty "soft" wood. The shitty tone of that bass combined with the deadness of those flatwounds was enough to convince me to get rid of it.
My fretless now is a Roscoe LG 6 with a rock-hard diamondwood fingerboard, so I tend to experiment with it a little more. The string that sounds best on it to me are the D'Addario XL nickel roundwounds. I love the brightness, the "muah-ness", and the overall tonal characteristics I get from the roundwounds. The flatwounds just sound too much like an upright for my taste. I've also tried the stainless steel roundwounds, but the nickel roundwounds are supposed to spare your fingerboard a little better, so I stuck with them.
I have yet to try the ground-wounds or any other roundwound-resembling strings (if you want to call them that). I've heard good things about the Thomastik flatwounds, as well as the Sunbeam Nickel strings from DR. I'm open to just about anything, just as long as it doesn't make my bass sound like shit or eat up the fingerboard!
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