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Posted by Zach on May 24, 2001 at 23:44:37:

In Reply to: fretless strings posted by Dave on May 24, 2001 at 19:29:32:

Well to start off, the comment you made about the "roundwound strings eating up the fretboard...." Well, a fretless doesn't necessarilly have frets so it can't really be called a fretboard, can it? The more common term used is "fingerboard", like that of an upright bass.

Anywho, I'm using D'Addario XL Nickel Roundwounds on my Roscoe 6 fretless. The difference is that the fingerboard is made out of an extremely hard resin-based material and somewhat "ebonwood-like" material called diamondwood. It is extremely hard, and will probably stand up to any string, roundwound or otherwise, better than normal ebony or any other wood. The tone is extremely bright and punchy...the way a fretless is supposed to sound. Lot's of "mmmmwwwwwaaaaahhhh", lots of sustain, lots of growl; overall, the best string I've used.

I've tried flatwounds on fretless, and I was completely unimpressed. For the same price I bought those Thomastik flatwounds for, I could have rented an upright and gotten the exact same tone from 20-year-old upright strings. Sure my fingerboard was saved a great deal (it was an Ibanez SR with a rosewood fingerboard), but the tone you get with the good old roundwound string on a fretless is well worth the maintanence, in my opinion. I know others have had different results, and people have different tastes, but flatwound strings just lack too much character on the fretless basses I've played.

Hope this helps!

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