Fretless and Roundwound

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Posted by Rob Perl on July 25, 2000 at 18:44:14:

In Reply to: Re: round vs flat posted by kenny on July 22, 2000 at 10:46:12:

: : : What are the differences in the sound between flat and round wound strings? Advantages/disadvantages?

: : : Thanks
: : : Catfish

: : Hey..The biggest difference between round wounds and flats is their sound. Round wounds hava a bright sound, while flats are more "dead." Rounds tend to be the most popular strings, and can be made to sound prtty flat with an eq. Flats are more common on fretlesses and with people looking for an acoustic tone. roung wounds arent as advisable for fretless, as they eat fretboard.
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: : Deman

: simple correct answer......but flats don't sound dead.......just different

I think you'll find that most fretless players DO use roundwounds (Gary Willis, Jaco, etc). I've always used rounds on my fretless. Any kind of string will eat into the fingerboard, and one of the facts of life with fretless and upright is that you need to get your neck planed perodicially.

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