Re: roundwound on fretless?

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Posted by El Pájaro on May 24, 2000 at 07:06:22:

In Reply to: roundwound on fretless? posted by pj on May 24, 2000 at 00:30:43:

: I just picked a Godin acoustic/electric fretless , but the flatwound strings have very little depth to them. Can anybody suggest a "ground-wound" string or
: round wound that would be bright enough , but doesn't chew through the fret board?

Hey there PJ,
Tough question! It looks like if you like to play fretless, some compromises have to be made. I like the sound of roundwounds in my fretless, too, but, if those suckers can eat metal frets, go figure what they could do to the bare wood! So far I have no solution to this dilemma, although one alternative you should consider is to take the "Jaco approach" and ask with your favorite repairman about wether it is possible to apply a coat of epoxy resin on the fingerboard. It should provide a surface tough enough to stand many slides and hard playing withouth scratching the board, and as a plus it should also provide a more singing "mwha". This, of course, in case you don´t mind applying a modification to your bass that is "not undoable".
Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,
El Pájaro.

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